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    1. Training

    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.

    Agencies we teach for:

    Course Cost:
    See Prices Page
    This includes: educational materials, your dive training, certification card, and photos (above and below water).

    Other costs:
    What not included is gear hire, gas fills, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation. Dive site fees range from $5-$40, depending on site. Air is $5, Nitrox is $8.

    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.

    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.

    Age requirements:
    * You must be at least 15 years old to receive a rescue Diver certification, there is no maximum age. Those aged 10-14 can enroll in the Junior rescue Diver certification.

    Minimum # of students per class:
    We need 2 or more people to make an rescue Diver class; private, one-on-one classes can be organized for a separate fee.

    How many people are in each class?
    Our Rescue Diver classes range in size, from 2-4 students. We always have two Instructors on site, to assure personal attention and fun, and usually some extra help too (Divemasters and Instructors in training). Weekends are busiest.

    Schedule/Timing for Rescue Diver Course:
    We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.

    Call us or check out our Calendar for dates of upcoming courses.

    How long does the course take?
    Usually we complete the wet portion of the Rescue diver in 2 days, and have another “dry” day of academics. Sometimes it is necessary to be in the water more than 2 days because of learning difficulties or weather issues. If necessary, we will dive extra days to get you properly certified, at no extra charge. It is our mission to make you a safe and competent diver.

    Where we do our course:
    We use a variety of local springs (Alexander, Devils Den, Deleon, Blue Grotto), and lakes for Rescue training. There are no official “dives” for the Rescue Course. Ocean sites are difficult to train rescue courses in.

    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.

    What you can do afterwards:
    * Dive, dive, dive!!!

    * You will be a safer, more competent and comfortable diver after completion of your Rescue Course…..knowing that you have the skills and abilities to assist and rescue yourself or other divers in distress.

    * Be able to manage scuba diving emergencies more effectively, properly use scuba diving emergency equipment and render first aid if necessary.

    * Continue your diver training with more specialized training.

    *The Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the the Rescue Diver courses are prerequisites to the Master Scuba Diver rating.

    * Rescue Diver certification is a prerequisite for all leadership (Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor) programs.

    * Further your rescue diver training by enrolling in the O2 provider course…..

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