Earning a certification as rescue diver will improve your self-rescue skills, diving accident management, and safety awareness for other divers.
Because it expands on what you already learned from previous scuba certifications, the PADI Rescue Diver Course will also improve your anticipation and preparedness.
The title of this particular scuba certification suggests the training will be tough and challenging... and it certainly is!
You might feel a little unnerved by the seriousness of the coursework, such as when learning how to handle severe diving injuries.
Nonetheless, you'll have a lot of fun with the emergency scenarios and you'll see the rewards after you become a PADI® Rescue Diver.
A few days of "confidence-boosting" rescue diver training will enhance your own abilities and change the way you observe other divers.
To prove a point, Rescue Diver certification is a requirement for divers who are planning to teach (e.g. PADI Divemasters). This is why rescue diver training teaches you how to:
Important: Signing up for the PADI® Rescue Diver Online Course means you get to study via electronic learning (eLearning™). Then, you can join a Scuba Instructor to complete the practical training exercises in an open water environment (e.g. a freshwater lake).
The course combines knowledge development, confined water training exercises, and several rescue scenarios that must take place in open water.
It is challenging and rewarding. But, the physical and mental demands of emergency training is what makes it an invaluable experience.
Most students will take three (3) days to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course. The Emergency First Response® CPR and First Aid course takes less than a full day to complete.
Note: You can enrol in the course if you have the Adventure Diver certification (and you logged the Underwater Navigation Dive). The minimum age for Rescue Diver is twelve (12) and you need to have a current certification in CPR and First Aid (e.g. valid within the last two (2) years).
We include the reference materials and the dive gear needed to complete the course in the price. Even so, you can buy extra manuals and scuba gear and accessories from the dive store in Pattaya, Thailand.
Some of the specialist rescue equipment that students may use during the skills training and open water scenarios may include:
First, learning about diver rescues could save a life - even your own! Second, anyone who recently certified tends to be focusing on themselves - not others around them.
In fact, the main focus of their attention is trying to achieve good buoyancy control through calm breathing and getting comfortable with the scuba unit.
As comfort zones increase, learners are more likely to get the benefit of joining rescuer training. The PADI Rescue Certification is based on a very simple principle, being... "there is no single correct way to perform a rescue".
Tip: Having a broad knowledge base, confident rescue skills, and the ability to manage a diving emergency make it a worthy brevet for any serious scuba diver who would be prepared to help other divers in need.
Rescuer courses are based around classroom tuition that helps you to develop important physiological and psychological information.
You also take part in a series of shallow water practice sessions and then finish off the training with several simulated scenarios in open water.
So, in general it will take most dive students three (3) or four (4) days to complete the program.
The scuba diving buddy system is a safety rule that pairs two or more divers together.
Groups should also perform the standardised BWRAF (pre-dive safety checks) before entering the water.
Nonetheless, PADI does consent to a type of 'solo diving' through the Self-Reliant Diver certification course, which is available in Pattaya, Thailand.
Divers share a common responsibility to protect and conserve nature. As a result, passive interaction with aquatic animals helps to safeguard delicate and sensitive sea life.
A certain level of well-being and general fitness is needed to carry out scuba activities. Thus, you may need to get written approval from a physician before you go diving.
You can download the online version of the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire to check if your current medical status will require a physician's approval.
Note: You should not ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice and clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
So, you may be wondering what comes after Rescue Diver? Next, you will start focusing on anticipating and preventing scuba mistakes beginners make on almost every dive.
A good way of improving your capabilities is taking the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course. A rescuer certification in basic life support (BLS) is important when assisting or managing diving emergencies.
Note: The short video [1:31 seconds] presented by PADI outlines what to expect if you participate in the Rescue Diver certification course. Click here to contact Private Scuba Dive Staff in Pattaya, Thailand.