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May 7, 2013

Do Not Take the PADI Rescue Diver Course!

Published on May 7,2013
By Colin Zylka

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You read the title correctly…..I’ve realized over the course of certifying well over 1000 people to different levels, that there are many reasons why someone should NOT take the PADI Rescue Diver course. I’ve compiled a list of reasons, some of which may apply to you. Here goes:

Do not take the PADI Rescue Diver Course if:

  • You do not want to receive training in how to handle recreational diver emergencies, from something as simple as a tired diver, to a panicked diver at the surface or underwater, to searching for a missing diver to handling an unresponsive diver underwater or at the surface. 
  • You do not want to gain confidence in your own skills and abilities as a diver and as a dive buddy. Rescue Divers make great dive buddies, but you probably don’t want to be a buddy like that, now do you?
  • You can’t stand the thought of assisting another diver either on shore or in the water…after all, they’re certified, shouldn’t they be able to help themselves?
  • You definitely don’t like challenges….you’re basically content with where you are as a diver.
  • You don’t want to learn new techniques in diving or in assisting other divers.
  • You believe there is only one way to do certain things. The Rescue Diver Course teaches you to think about options, but you’re not that open-minded are you?
  • You don’t want to achieve the “black belt” of recreational diving – PADI Master Scuba Diver…heavens no!
  • You certainly don’t want to move to the professional ranks, like being a PADI Divemaster or Instructor and sharing your passion for the sport.
  • You don’t want to meet potential new dive buddies.
  • You don’t like to have fun!

Obviously, this was a tongue-in-cheek look at why someone SHOLUD take the PADI Rescue Diver Course. Once you are certified as a Rescue Diver, you can look back and see you have really accomplished something. Ask any Rescue Diver or Instructor and they will tell you Rescue was their most fun class and the Instructor will tell you it’s their most favorite to teach. I know it was and is for me.

At the Open Water Diver level, you were just getting started with your own comfort level…with the gear, procedures, and diving in general. When you took your Advanced Open Water course, you started to see there are other opportunities for diving; you learned more about navigation, deep diving, maybe search & recovery, maybe night diving. Now at the Rescue Diver level, you will start to direct your attention to the well-being of others. The Rescue Diver course prepares you to prevent, and if necessary, handle recreational diving emergencies.

So, take a look at the reasons listed….and then stop in to sign up for Rescue. You and your dive buddies will be glad you did! For class schedules and more about the Rescue Diver course, check out our website: PADI Rescue Diver Course

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