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PADI Rescue Diver
padi_logo.jpgYou won't find a more rewarding continuing education class! This course trains you to look beyond yourself and consider the safety and well being of other divers. This course is an exciting way to build your confidence and dive skills.

The National Diving Center's Rescue Diver Certification Course is an intensive two-week program designed to familiarize you with the fundamentals of SCUBA rescue techniques, ranging from problem recognition and prevention, through the recovery and evacuation of injured divers. The Rescue Diver Certification Course is required for divers contemplating leadership in the SCUBA industry, is a prerequisite for Master SCUBA Diver certification, and is highly recommended for any diver who wishes to be a great buddy for others and more self-sufficient in general.

The Rescue Diver Certification Course consists two academic training sessions, one confined water training sessions, and twelve open water exercises conducted over two days in the local diving environment. Although not an entrance requirement, Medic First Aid, or equivalent training in CPR is a prerequisite for, and must be completed prior to the award of Rescue Diver certification. Accordingly, Medic First Aid courses are regularly offered at National Diving Center, and may be taken in conjunction with every scheduled Rescue Diver Certification Course. Rescue Diver training will prepare you to prevent problems and, if necessary, manage dive emergencies. During the open water sessions, you'll cover:

  • Self-rescue and diver stress
  • AED and emergency oxygen delivery systems
  • dive first aid
  • swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques
  • emergency management and equipment
  • panicked diver response
  • underwater problems
  • missing diver procedures
  • surfacing the unconscious diver
  • in-water rescue breathing protocols
  • egress (exits)
  • first aid procedures for pressure related accidents
  • dive accident scenarios

Minimum age: 15 years old (12 for PADI Junior Rescue Diver)

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