Now you have learned the basics of diving, tried out some advanced techniques and specializations in Advanced Open Water...you've started racking up dives in your logbook. Perhaps those were local, on vacation, or a combination of both.
Now you are wondering, what's next? Where can I go in my progression through the dive ranks? Rescue Diver is your answer.
You will learn an incredible variety of skills in this course; from calming the panicked diver, securing that individual so they remain on the surface while maintaining your own safety, surfacing an unconscious diver if you happened across such a situation, how to begin resuscitation efforts on the surface of the water and on land, and far more! You will also become certified in CPR, First Aid, and the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) if you do not already have such certifications. You will additionally be tasked with the creation of an emergency assistance plan for the dive site at which you will certify (don't worry, we will guide you through this process!)
On staff we are lucky enough to have an EMT-B (certified in 2005) with a wide variety of emergency medical experience, as well having worked clinically in both physical and behavioral health. Through this experience, you will hear real world situations in which a variety of medical skills can be used. This includes de-escalation techniques, oxygen administration, general safety measures, and more. And in this class, you will learn them.
These are skills that are useful within diving and outside of diving. We explain emergency medical interventions that YOU can take to save the life of your dive buddy, someone else within your dive group, or yourself.
Get ready, because this is the last step in the core curriculum for recreational diving before, once certifying, you will have the opportunity to make the decision to take your first step into the professional levels of diving...
Email us with questions or to enroll below:
The cost for the course is $564. This is all-inclusive of eLearning, pool classes, open water certification dives, certification fees, pool entry, and gear rental (with exception of mask/snorkel/fins.) As always, it will be your responsibility to pay any parking fees or entry fees at an open water location.
We do require, as in Advanced Open Water, that you own a mask/snorkel/fins set which can be purchased through us or elsewhere.
As you are continuing your journey up the ranks, you have now reached a point where you can decide to start your professional level classes. As such, we also HIGHLY recommend that you also have your own BCD by this point. This will make the course a lot easier due tot he familiarity you have come accustomed to with your own, personal gear. We recommend this as there will be a lot of gear removal in-water during your training for both yourself amd others.
Ideally, at this point, you should be making or have already made additional purchases (basically everything but weights and tanks.) We are happy to assist you in the decision=making process!
There come a variety once you have come to this point:
Experience: PADI Open Water Diver and Adventure diver (the two required dives in Advanced Open Water.) We train to higher standards than the minimum and require our Rescue students to have the full AOW certification
EFR Primary and Secondary Care Training within last 24 months: Emergency First Response training is something we do provide included in the cost of Rescue Diver at no extra cost! Further more, we include CPR certification and training in the use of an AED. Our on staff EMT will also thoroughly discuss traumatic injury, behavioral health as a potential factor in panicked divers, and more. These are skills that apply both in and out of the water that includes discussion or real world situations.
Experience: Although not a PADI requirement, we hold our students to a higher standard than the minimum. We prefer that you have logged a total of 25 dives, however this can be discussed and we can complete an assessment of your in-water skills to determine your preparedness. Since nearly everyone who takes this course has taken previous courses with us, this will have already been completed.