Rescue Diver

Why Should I Take a Rescue Diver Certification Course?

Whenever a question is asked regarding “who should take this scuba course?”, the question in generally answered that “Everyone should take this scuba course.”  Who should take an Advance course?  Everyone.  Who should take a Nitrox Course? Everyone.  Who should take a Rescue Diver course?  Why, everyone should take this course.  At Ocean Gear Scuba Center, we approach this question differently.  While everyone could take a Rescue course and almost everyone would likely benefit from a Rescue course, this really does not answer the question.

The truth is that if you are going to ever plan on doing ANY diving apart from a resort-led vacation style dive, then you should take a rescue course.  If you plan on doing any recreational diving on either yours or a friend’s personal watercraft, then you should take a rescue course.  If you plan on pursuing diving leadership (Dive Master, Assistant Instructor and Scuba Instructor), then you must take a rescue course.  If you want to become the best dive buddy that you can be, then a rescue course is one of the very best ways to accomplish the task.

Remember that the likelihood of your ever needing to perform a full on scuba rescue is not likely; however, the more often you dive and the more independent you are of diving with dive groups, the more likely the possibility becomes.  A rescue course will not turn you into a fantastic diver.  It will not prepare you for every eventuality.  A rescue course will make you a more confident diver.  The course will make you a much better buddy to other divers; and, it will help prepare you for the unlikely event that you may need to perform an in-water rescue.

First Aid and CPR are pre-requisites for certification.  You do not actually have to be certified in both of these areas before you take the course; however, it does help.  You must provide proof of certification before your Rescue Diver certification can be issued.  Some agencies require that you have your Advanced Open Water certification before you take this course.  Some dive stores imply that this is a requirement; however, in truth most of the main agencies only require that you have your Open Water Scuba certification before signing up for a Rescue Diver Course.  After all, why would you have to wait to become a safer diver?  Shouldn’t that type of training be immediately available to you and your diving friends?

You should clearly discover the benefit of becoming a Rescue Diver.  If you plan to never dive without being part of a group led by a dive professional, you still want to be the best buddy you can be.  The Rescue course will build your confidence and enhance your training so that you will always be the best buddy possible.  If you are diving off a buddy’s boat, how many people can you count on if there is an issue with the divers in the water?  The better trained you are, the better prepared you are, the less likely a minor problem will escalate to a major catastrophe.  Also remember that the Rescue dive course is a prerequisite for all agencies leadership training programs.  You have to know the subject and have some experience before you can become certified to teach it.

Any instructional program can structure a program any way they like – as long as it makes sense.  We do not believe that online materials can EVER take the place of an instructor.  The eLearning materials should simply be seen as a substitute for textbooks and other learning materials.  Not everyone sees it this way.  Imagine needing your appendix removed and you learned that your surgeon learned everything simply by watching YouTube videos.  You might not feel quite so comfortable.

A traditional Rescue Diver course should include: eLearning Materials (or similar text materials), six to eight hours of class room sessions and 2 sets of ocean dives to include a variety of simulated situations requiring the diver to solve minor to major problems, an actual rescue simulation whereby an unconscious diver is located underwater, brought to the surface, their equipment removed and they are transported to a safe location (boat or beach) and the situation is properly managed until the proper authorities arrive to continue with appropriate life-saving techniques.  This type of class also inspires comradery, teamwork and, paradoxically, diver independence and confidence.

If done well, the Rescue Diver Certification course should be one of your most FUN experiences, as well as one of your most challenging.  You need to bring your “A” game; however, it will all be worth it in the end.  Enjoy Rescue.  See you soon.