The rescue course is the third course in your career as a diver and the last one if you decide to become a professional and make diving your livelihood, because the next one would be the Divemaster course, the first professional course. And if you don’t want to be a professional, you can take other courses to meet your needs, such as a Master Scuba Diver course, or focus on a specialty to continue your training, the highest level in non-professional diving.
As noted elsewhere, you have to be an open water diver to take a rescue course, be at least 15 years old and have taken the first and second aid course (PADI EFR or SSI React Right) within the past two years. If you are between the ages of 12 and 14, you can do a version of the junior rescue course with PADI, and if you have also completed the SSI Advanced Adventurer course with compass, apart from open water.
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