As your diving skills develop, and your in-water comfort level increases you need to be able to assist fellow divers should they get into difficulty. The Rescue Diver course is the next logical step in your dive education to deal with scuba emergencies as they arise. This class is a must for all divers, and best of all, you will have lots of fun doing it, by rising to scuba diving challenges and mastering them. It is both a rewarding and demanding course, but one of the best you will undertake in your diving career.
What it is:
The Rescue course introduces personal rescue techniques and rescue and management skills for other divers in distress. If the rescue diver student does not have a current recognized first aid certificate, this is also completed as part of this course.
Gear you need to provide:
You will need to have your own basic gear: ie: mask, fins, booties, and snorkel. BC, regulator, wetsuit and weights are available for rental; reduced for alumni. You must also own your own Knife, liftbag, pocket mask, basic first aid kit and a signaling device.
What the course entails:
The Rescue Diver course expands on what you already know about how to prevent scuba diving problems and emergencies, and how to manage them if they occur. A series of in-water skills, drills and rescue scenarios will be taught and practiced.
Prerequisites for Course:
- Before participating in the rescue diver course, you will be asked to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement. If you answer YES to anything on the medical form we will require that you get it signed off by a physician.
- Advanced Open Water Diver certification, or equivalent.
- DAN Insurance is HIGHLY recommend for all diving activities.
- PADI require you to have completed 25 dives before enrolling in your Rescue Diver Course.
- You must be trained and hold a current (within the past 2 years) First Aid certificate.
How we teach it:
There are two parts, the academics and the “wet” portion. The academics are done at home from your Rescue Manual, and you will watched a detailed DVD. The manual and DVD set are well structured, and a very informative learning tools, and excellent alternative to multiple day or evening lectures.
As you work through the manual you will fill in your Knowledge Reviews (PADI), or your workbook (NAUI and SDI), until you have completed all the material. Afterwards you will meet with your Instructor and do a full review of all the academics, and do a multiple choice written test.
For the wet training, we typically do two days in the water, and a series of vital skills such as:
- Self-rescue techniques
- Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
- Scuba accident management
- Rescuing panicked divers (above and below the water)
- Use of scuba related emergency equipment
- Swimming and non-swimming assists
- Missing diver procedures
- Surfacing the unconscious diver
- In-water artificial respiration
- Various exits with unconscious/injured diver
- First aid procedures for diving related accidents
- Dive accident scenarios.
Note: this is not a fully inclusive list, just an overview! Specific skills depend on training agency.
After successful completion of your academics, and the required skills, you will awarded your certification as a Rescue Diver.