As we go along with our diving career, there will come a point that you will be called upon to address a problem, both at surface and underwater. These problems may come in different forms ranging from a minor body scratch to a major medical emergency. So it would be best to equip yourself with rescue skills to properly handle any situation.
Many divers have prepared themselves by learning basic search and rescue skills, but most of this skills are focused on responding in dry land. While it may compliment your total ability in a search and rescue response, enrolling in a certification course would greatly prepare yourself where you can address emergency situations both on land, surface and underwater.
Rescue Diver Course Perth
Teaching you a variety of ways that addresses a specific problem, the Rescue Diver Course Perth will prepare yourself to handle diving-related emergencies, may it be minor or major in nature.
Sanctioned by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the rescue diver course is divided into 2 segments. The knowledge development is done in a classroom setting where your instructor will explain to you the different approach in solving a specific problem, as well as the overall management when an incident happens. Emergency management, addressing equipment failure and how to rescue panic and unconscious diver, both at the surface and underwater, are just some of the lessons taught during the lecture. Believe it or not, rescue skills are not just to be applied to divers in distress, but it can also be applied to yourself where you will also be taught on self rescue.
While it may sound tiring listening and comprehending all the terminologies in rescue diving during the knowledge development, you should be excited when it comes to the rescue exercise where your instructor will simulate a real-life emergency, like the picture on this side. The diver on the picture that has a black shorty wetsuit with a blue stripe is the instructor simulating a panicked diver underwater. The other diver is the student. One important reminder during the rescue exercise: if you make the wrong approach, your instructor will really grab whichever part of your body as if simulating a real panicked diver. But don’t panic. It is just to let you realize the consequences if you do not follow procedures.
PREVENTION is BETTER than responding to a situation
It doesn’t mean that while you are equipped with rescue skills, you can now hope for a real emergency to happen so that you can apply your skills first hands. That is a No No.
Instead, be observant especially when you are in a dive group. Constant monitoring (especially with regards to air consumption) and frequent visual to your buddy and other members of the group can greatly reduced the possibility of any untoward incident. Another technique is the recognition of a minor problem where addressing it on an early stage will prevent the onset of an emergency.
At the end of the day, the rescue diver is really a challenging course as the life of a distressed diver will depend on how well you address the problem and deal with the situation. Nothing is more rewarding than saving a fellow diver’s life, more so, if you have prevented an accident to happen.
To compliment you being a certified rescue diver, you may soon consider taking up the divemaster course which will significantly polish your skills and live the dream of your life by becoming a professional diver.
Video courtesy from PADI