SSI Stress and Rescue will Enhance your skill & safety in the water

Learn how to prevent accidents and be prepared with knowledge and ability. The SSI Stress and Rescue course will teach you how to look after yourself and your buddy during scuba diving.

Upon successful completion, you will become a qualified Stress & Rescue Diver and receive a Dive Licence, which is an internationally recognised scuba diver rating that is valid across the globe!

This course package includes four days (3 nights) accommodation on our liveaboard boat, plus one-day dive first aid & oxygen administration training in Cairns.  Further accommodation for the other nights will need to be arranged by you at your cost.

SSI Diver Stress & Rescue
Duration 5 Days
4 Days (on the boat)
1 Day (in Cairns)
Dives 14
Class Size Stateroom – 4 Students to 1 Dive Instructor
Top Deck – Private Instructor to your booking party
*Anyone booking a trip which includes scuba diving must read our ‘SCUBA Divers Important Information’ Page…



  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Scuba equipment
  • Tuition
Additional Costs

First Aid and CPR

All training dives are conducted in the ocean, eliminating the need for pool training and making dive scenarios more realistic and giving students valuable hands-on experience. 

On a Stress & Rescue Course trip you may complete up to 14 scuba dives, including both training dives and fun dives on the Great Barrier Reef.

In addition to your liveaboard rescue diver course, first aid and CPR is required.

This can be organised for you in Cairns on a nationally recognised first-aid course learning the basics of first aid and CPR as well as oxygen administration for dive rescues. This is a pre-requisite for your rescue diver qualification at a special rate of $225.00 for First Aid Academy

Course Covers:

  • What Is Stress?
  • Stress In Diving: Causes And Prevention
  • Detecting And Dealing With Stress 
  • Accident Management
  • Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
  • Conditions That Complicate Rescues

CPR & First Aid Certificate

As a prerequisite for certification, you need to have a valid CPR & First Aid certificate, which takes one day in Cairns.

  • CPR certificate
  • First Aid certificate

Online Theory Training

Before starting your Diver Stress & Rescue Course Course with Reef Encounter, you are required to complete the theory portion of the course. Next, your scuba dive Instructor on the boat will review your understanding of the theory to make sure you are happy with your knowledge and understand the fundamentals of being a stress & rescue diver.

Once you have booked your SSI Stress & Rescue Course, you will be enrolled to do this online theory training.  Next, you will receive an email with the details on how to begin. While you will need internet access to initially download the free training APP to your computer, device or smartphone, the theory training can be completed offline. You are not required to have an internet connection. You can complete the training in more than one sitting, as long as you save where you are up to each time.

Anyone booking a trip which includes scuba diving must read our
‘SCUBA Divers Important Information’ Page…


Anyone booking a liveaboard with scuba diving please check: Can I go Diving?
Some medical conditions can prevent you from diving in Queensland, Australia.


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