Project Description

We are Boston's premier diving education center for Stress & Rescue Diving Classes and other scuba lessons in Massachusetts and New England!

About The Course:


Accidents happen. There is very little getting around it. Even with scuba diving as safe as it is today things can still go wrong. The important part is that you have the skills and knowledge to react accordingly for a much higher chance of a positive outcome. Our Stress & Rescue Diver Course is designed to better prepare an open water or advanced open water diver for an emergency and will give you the skills and knowledge necessary to assist in the rescue of another diver… maybe your buddy. This program teaches you the skills and knowledge required to recognize and deal with stress, prevent accidents and properly deal with emergency situations encountered by divers.

Stress & Rescue is one of the few classes that we recommend for ALL divers. There is no diver that won't benefit from learning techniques to control their own anxiety in the water that can grow unsuspectingly in challenging or overwhelming environments. The rescue techniques taught in this class are also of the utmost importance for all divers to know and be comfortable performing. Help increase diver safety and become a Stress & Rescue diver.

In order to complete your rescue certification you must have completed a First Aid, CPR & O2 class within the last two years.

*Note* This course only runs from May - October.

Please use the link in the right-side column to signup and schedule or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.

Before Class

Before your Stress & Rescue Diving Course, there is a bit of paperwork you’ll have to fill out. This program requires a minimum of 5 distinct forms. You can find the forms below and complete them ahead of your pool session, most important is the “SCUBA – MEDICAL FORM“. Go through the medical form now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the water. The doctors’ note is in the additional “PHYSICIAN'S RELEASE” file – along with guidelines for your physician. Remember if you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is NECESSARY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the water. It’s also important to note if a physician's signature is required, only a medical doctor's (MD) signature will be accepted.






Additional forms as required:



The Stress & Rescue Course has 3 components - classroom, pool, and open water dives. There is one classroom session, two pool sessions and two days of open water diving. Please check the schedule before signing up to make sure you will be able to make the classes ahead of time.

Please use the link in the right-side column to signup or you can sign up and schedule in-person, over the phone or via email.


The class training will take place at:

East Coast Divers, 213 Boylston Street, Brookline MA


and the pool training is located at the:

Brookline Town Pool – 60 Tappan St., Brookline MA


The 2 days of open water dives will be at locations dependent on weather and logistics. These dives often happen as shore dives though there are some boat dive options. Directions to the, most likely, meeting points can be found on our "DIRECTIONS" page.

Private Courses

Interested in a private? We got you covered! Sign-up today!

Private courses are set up slightly differently than regular Stress & Rescue diving courses. The beginning process is the same – you’ll still be required to fill out the same paperwork but you won’t be tethered to our schedule. Instead, you can find out whenever works best for you and let us know so we can get the sessions scheduled – we can even schedule your pool training outside our normal pool hours*. Make sure to let us know in advance, as we have to rent the pool and make sure it doesn’t conflict with any other activities going on that day. If you do use the pool when we have it rented that’s perfect! There will be other people in the pool but you (or your group) will be working privately with your instructor.

*Additional fees (such as pool rental fees) may apply

Private Scheduling is done through Kim and Max in our training department at They will be in contact within 24 hours of any inquiries. If you need to contact us sooner please call us at 617-277-2217.

Private Pricing:

1 Person $877.50 per person - $877.50 total 3 People $562.50 per person - $1687.50 total
2 People $675 per person - $1350 total 4 People $472.50 per person - $1890 total


~Please reference the “BEFORE CLASS” tab for required paperwork~

Equipment & Gear Rentals

The Stress & Rescue Diving course has an in-water portion that requires a full set of gear. If you have your own gear, we suggest making plans to carry all of that gear along with you. If not, rental equipment can be arranged but MUST be reserved ahead of time.

Availability fills quickly and spots are not guaranteed! We recommend registering and reserving rental equipment at least 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE!

*We require that students have their own specialty-specific gear for several of our courses. This equipment is necessary for the type of diving that you will be embarking upon during, and post certification. Please refer to the prerequisites section below for a list of the gear you will need to own for this course. We offer a 10% discount to all of our students who purchase the required equipment for the class through us as well as our famed 60 day return policy that will ensure that you are happy with everything that you buy. We appreciate your support of your local dive shop, which allows us to continue operations and offer the services that we do today****

If you need to rent any gear other than that listed in the prerequisites, you can do so with us below! For anything else check out the our rental page

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  • Students must be 15 years or older & capable of lifting another diver of reasonable size
  • This course is only available for certified divers.
  • Clear medical history or MD sign-off if necessary.
  • Student must provide their own mask, fins, and snorkel. All other equipment can be rented.
  • Student MUST provide proof of First Aid, CPR, and Oxygen Administration training before certification can be completed though it is not a prerequisite to start the Stress & Rescue Training.

What's Included:

  • One class session.
  • Two sessions in the pool reviewing rescue procedures.
  • One day of stress mitigation techniques & rescue simulation in Open Water.
  • Internationally trained / certified instructor
  • Agency approved on-line course work.
  • This program will cover the following skills: STRESS & RESCUE SKILL CARD

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