Diver Stress & Rescue

by SSI
Type: Training

Stress is a major cause of diving accidents and negatively impacts rescue situations. This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognise and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers. You will earn the SSI Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty certification after completing this program.

  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Certification Prerequisites: Open Water Diver
  • Students must have proof of current training within two (2) years of First Aid and CPR.
  • Academic Sessions: 2
  • Pool/Confined Water Sessions: 3 min
  • Open Water Dives: 3
  • Maximum open water depth limit: 30 meters.
    Maximum open water depth limit for 12 to 14 year-olds: 18 meters.
  • Suggested Duration: 10 - 15 hours

You will be sent an e-mail allowing access to the SSI online academics. You can use a computer or any digital device to login, update your profile and start the learning process. The multimedia academics with videos and multiple choice questions keep learning fun and ensure you are perfectly prepared for your water sessions.

During a minimum of 3 pool sessions, you will learn to take care of both yourself and your dive buddy! Perhaps the most challenging and rewarding of the specialty courses, the Stress and Rescue Specialty gives you the readiness to help in diving-related emergencies. 

Academic sessions are scheduled at a time to suit you and cover topics such as cause and prevention in stress situations, detecting and handling emergencies while diving and how to recognise DCS & DCI.

1 or 2 days in Open Water will give you the chance to put your skill to the test in the real environment with full open water kit, following that your instructional team will recreate some action packed life like scenarios to ensure you are read to act when the time comes. 

This is the one required specialty in order to reach the coveted Master Diver and Dive Guide certifications. 

All sessions are followed with thorough debriefing and discussion about your performance helping you learn. On successful completion you will be issued with a certificate of completion and a digital recognition rating (via MySSI App).

You will need to have a current training (within two years) in First Aid and CPR to be certified for this program. It is strongly recommended to be trained in Oxygen Administration in addition. We offer the relevant React Right courses to facilitate this if required by the trainee.

As with all Divemaster Scuba Programs

  • Certification lasts for life
  • All Kit Hire is included
  • All Pool fees are included
  • All Air fills are included
  • Instructor time is included
  • We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.


Pool sessions are held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham at 7.45pm every Friday. 

Open Water sessions are held minimum twice per month on a Sunday. see calendar for details. 

As with all of our programs this course can be offered as an exclusive 1 on 1 program.