The PADI Rescue Diver course is divided into two components: knowledge development and open water training.
The knowledge development portion develops the principles and information you will need for preventing and handling diving emergencies, with topics such as self-rescue, diver stress, diving first aid, emergency management, equipment problems and rescue and assistance procedures for both conscious and unconscious victims on the surface and underwater.
During the open water phase of the course, you will apply the knowledge you've learned as you develop rescue skills. Just as a mechanic has tools to complete his work, this class will give you the tools from which to draw in the case of a diving emergency.
The class starts with some classroom sessions to cover the knowledge needed to safely practice the skills in the pool or confined water.You can also complete the Knowledge Development portion of the course online!
Each of the rescue techniques are presented either in the pool or open water so that you will gain confidence with each. Once that's finished, we move on to the open water to practice each of the skills individually as well as conducting a number of mock emergency scenarios to really sharpen your individual and team rescue skill level. After the open water has been completed successfully, there is a brief written quiz.
The best part of the class is that the confidence you will gain in your own abilities will make your diving a lot safer. Many Rescue Diver students have commented that taking the Rescue course was lots of fun, yet they also learned a lot about themselves and how to care for others. The Rescue Diver course is a prerequisite for moving on to either Master Scuba Diver or to any of the professional ranks like Divemaster or Instructor.
The only prerequisites for the Rescue Diver course are 12 years old by the start of the course, PADI Junior Adventure Diver certification (must have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive), and you will also need to be CPR/First Aid certified within the past two years, which can be accomplished through the Emergency First Response Course.
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