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PADI Sea Survival


The Health and Safety of our divers, staff and members is of paramount importance to us at Scuba School.

We are therefore pleased to be one of the first centres to offer the PADI/RNLI Diver Sea Survival Course, the latest PADI Distinctive Speciality, open to all divers who are Open Water qualifed or above.

This courses teaches divers how to be even safer in the water and demonstrates techniques for enhanced survival should the worst ever happen.

This PADI Distinctive Speciality has been designed in association with the RNLI, whose volunteers regularly risk their lives to rescue those in trouble at sea. As divers we all have a responsibility to ensure that we mitigate every possible risk to ourselves and others that could result from our recreation.

This course gives experienced and new divers alike the opportunity to consider what other steps they could take to prevent the emergency from ever occuring, but should it occur, it equips divers with the skills and knowledge to self-rescue and to help others. It explores how we can survive at sea long enough for the RNLI to find and rescue a diver, a process which can be shortened by having the right equipment.

What do you need to start?

  • You need to be at least 12 years old
  • You need to be certified as a PADI Open Water Diver / Junior Open Water Diver or equivalent.
  • To complete a medical self certification statement. If there are any health concerns you will need to take the questionnaire to your doctor for a final check before diving. Click here to go to the form/s you need to complete before starting this course.

What will you learn?

The purpose of the PADI RNLI Diver Sea Survival Specialty Diver Course is to cover the knowledge and skills to enable divers to be better prepared and skilled to dive in the UK environment.

This course contains knowledge development and 2 open water training dives.

  • Pre-dive planning (site conditions, tides and appropriate exit and entry points).
  • Reinforce buddy procedures and additional considerations when diving in low visibility.
  • Diving equipment checks appropriate for local environment (including inspection for wear and tear and servicing requirements).
  • Appropriate emergency equipment orientation (location of emergency oxygen and first aid kit, emergency equipment to alert RNLI – visual and audible
  • Practice diving with a surface marker buoy and deployment of delayed surface marker buoys.
  • Demonstrate effective emergency surface positions to maintain position, diver contact and warmth (group huddle, contact with a stationary object and crouch position).

For more information for courses or course prices, please contact us.