SSI Stress and Rescue Course


Final dives at the Poor Knights

Rewarding and Fun

Rewarding and fun best describes the Rescue Diver course. This course gives you valuable hands-on experience in emergency management, problem solving and prevention. You’ll learn to perform diver assists and rescues, manage dive accident scenarios and render first aid.

These are the skills that can make all the difference in the unlikely event of an underwater emergency. Although challenging, many divers say this is the best course they’ve ever undertaken.




What you will learn on the course:

  • Self Rescue
  • How to identify a potential problem and react before it becomes unsafe
  • Recognising and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers
  • Dive accident scenarios



Cost: $799 | 2 days (normally split over 2 evenings and 1 full day)

Final dives at the Poor Knights

Cost includes all SSI training, certification and study materials. Any specialist equipment will be provided for the duration of the course.

A minimum of 2 students are required for this course to run – Maximum of 6

Private courses can be arranged for 1 student or for groups with specific date requirements.7

Course Dates
Saturday 20th April from 1pm and Sunday 21st April from 7am going to the Poor Knights $799
Saturday 8th June from 9am and all day Sunday 9th June going to the Poor Knights $799
Tuesday 30th April from 5pm, Tuesday 7th May from 5pm and then Saturday 7th May from 8am


  • SSI Open Water Diver or equivilent.
  • Current First Aid course – Within 24 months.  We can provide this.
  • Recent diving experience or a refresher session in our pool

Before you start the course:

  • You must read the online theory and complete the Knowledge Reviews and Final exam.  
  • You have to fill out a medical questionnaire to check whether you are fit to dive.
  • Ideally you’ll train using your own equipment but all equipment can be provided free of charge if necessary.

Transportation is not provided by Dive Now Whangarei, but we do our best to help organise car pooling to the dive sites.

Opening Hours | Mon-Fri 8.30-5.00pm  | Saturday 8.30 – 1pm | Sundays Closed

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