Palawan El Nido 4-day PADI Rescue Diver Course with Equipment, Tank & Weight Belt

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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
23,5 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
Minimum age:
15 years old


Learn how to be a rescue diver with this 4-day PADI rescue diver course in El Nido. This PADI Palawan package comes with four days of training, the assistance of a divemaster, and complete equipment. You will also be able to pick the dive sites you want to visit in El Nido. At the end of this El Nido PADI course, you should be able to identify and solve minor issues during diving trips, ensuring that your future dives are safer. Note that this activity is for experienced divers only, so make sure to bring your certification with you. 

Head to Turtle Divers to begin your course. Plan to arrive by 8 AM to maximize your experience. You may also start at 1 PM but make sure to coordinate this schedule in advance with the tour operator.

On the first day of the course, your instructor will teach you about Emergency First Response. You’ll learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, identify injuries and illnesses, apply first aid when necessary, and properly bandage or apply a splint when needed. 

The next day, you will learn and practice rescue skills in open water. This includes self-rescuing skills, search patterns, and in-water rescue breathing. You’ll continue practicing rescue techniques in open water on day 3, when you will be given realistic underwater rescue scenarios so you can practice your newly learned skills. 

On your last day of the course, you’ll participate in more simulations so you can practice what was taught to you by your instructor. This includes how to react to and manage an emergency, how to rescue yourself, how to save a panicked or unresponsive diver, and how to recognize and manage stress in your fellow divers. 

During your simulations, you can choose where to dive in El Nido. You have eight dives sites to choose from: South Miniloc, Twin Rocks, West Entalula, Pagluguban Dive Site, Popolcan Island, Helicopter Reef, Nat Nat Beach, and Address Reef. El Nido’s dive sites are rich with a variety of marine life, and you will be able to appreciate them during your dives. Note that not all dive sites may be available during your trip as availability is dependent on weather conditions.

After completing this course, you will have your PADI rescue diver certification, which will allow you to assist classes, lead dives, and work on a liveaboard.

Learn the knowledge and skills needed to become a PADI rescue diver, one of the must-try El Nido activities. Check the availability by choosing a date.

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Private 3-4-day rescue diver training and emergency first response (6 Dives)
Theory and applied rescue diving skills
Mandatory navigation and peak buoyancy training with personal choice of 3 dives
Complete equipment with tank and weight belt Choice of diving spots (weather dependent): South Miniloc, Twin Rocks, West Entalula, Pagluguban, Popolcan, Helicopter Reef, Natnat, and Address Reef
Tour itinerary: South Miniloc, Twin Rocks, West Entalula, Pagluguban, Popolcan, Helicopter Reef, Natnat, and Address Reef
Not included: transfers, other activities, tips and gratuities


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What to bring

Camera, phone, charger, and power bank
Extra money in Philippine Peso Currency
Personal drinking water and or snacks
Personal medicine
Swimming gear
Personal sanitizing alcohol and face mask
Covid-19 vaccination card and valid ID

Good to know

This is a private session but you are going to share the boat with other divers. The 250.00 Pesos mandatory eco-tourism development fund is not yet included this may be settled at the airport or upon arrival at the dive shop. We recommend that you fit your diving gear the day before your dive schedule so that it may be reserved for your use.

Children Friendly: Yes. 15 years old and above with adult supervision are allowed in this activity.

Pet Friendly: No. Please understand that this is for your fur baby's safety.

Senior Citizen/PWD Friendly: No. Unless given permission by a licensed doctor senior citizens and PWDs are not encouraged to partake in this activity as this is a medium to extreme activity. Same goes for pregnant women and guests with other mobility impairment or medical condition.

Meet-up time is 8:00 AM Philippine Standard Time at Turtle Divers. To change the meet-up time and location please request in advance so our operator may check if the itinerary will fit as we may need to move the boat schedule and additional fee may apply.

The operator may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions. In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Note that being late by 15-30 minutes without any advice is considered a no-show. Schedule cancellation requests must be made 48 hours before your original subject to approval.

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