"Safety first!"

Scuba diving is a safe outdoor activity with low accident rates, but as with all activities, participants should be prepared to handle emergencies and perform rescues to assist team members. The awareness of your ability to help will increase your confidence and make your dives safer and more enjoyable.

GUE’s Rescue Primer is a course designed to teach divers basic rescue techniques relevant to scuba diving emergencies.


The Rescue Primer is normally conducted over two days. It requires a minimum of four in-water sessions (including three dives) and at least 16 hours of instruction, encompassing classroom lectures, land drills, and in-water work.

This course can be conducted as part of GUE Recreational Diver Level 2 program. 

During this training you acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • assisting distressed divers on the surface and underwater,
  • including unconscious diver recovery,
  • missing diver protocols,
  • surface management of a diving emergency,
  • diving BLS skills for DCI.

Being able to prevent or handle stressful situations and emergencies underwater is one of the most meaningful skills you will ever learn, so the Rescue Primer should be high on every diver’s to-do list.

This course is recommended to all who are planning to pursue diving at any level. This primer is best taken after the Navigation Primer, as it requires competence in navigational skills.

Need more details? Download and read GUE Standards.

Total cost depends on where the training takes place.
Standard price of GUE Rescue Primer is:

  • 300 € training fee,
  • 45 $ registration fee (including study materials),
  • Diving and travel expenses.