The PADI® Emergency Oxygen Provider course prepares scuba divers (and non-divers) to respond with confidence in situations where administering supplemental oxygen (O2) would be beneficial.
This help guide explains how and when you should administer emergency oxygen and the benefits of being able to recognise some of the water-related injuries and illnesses that require it.
Important: The PADI® Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty certification may count towards the rating of Master Scuba Diver. Check our PADI® Specialty Courses List for further details on more than thirty other specialties (from A to Z).
In simple terms, a Specialty Diver is someone with enhanced scuba diving abilities beyond entry level certifications (e.g. Discover Programs, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver).
Signing up for specialist scuba courses is the ideal path to take if you want to learn new techniques and experience different kinds of underwater exploration.
Furthermore, you will get the best opportunity to acquire superior knowledge and skills in the diving activities that interest you the most because a 'Specialty Instructor' will be supervising the training.
Knowing how to administer a supply of supplemental oxygen as a treatment for a diver in need, could create the best chance of having a positive outcome.
However, would you know how to recognise illnesses that require oxygenation, and could you provide enough to oxygenate a dive buddy in the unlikely event of a scuba diving accident?
Important: Having a scuba diving first aid kit is considered as being standard safety equipment for all reputable dive centers, resorts, and dive boats.
There are no age restrictions and no prerequisites to enrol in most PADI Environmental Specialties because they do not require any in-water instruction.
Also, PADI's Oxygen Specialty course is mostly a discussion-based activity and it will usually take place in a classroom. So, unlike most specialty courses, there is no requirement to perform any training dives in open water.
Note: Scuba certifications do not expire. But, we recommend the PADI ReActivate® scuba review if you've been inactive from diving for a while and want to get back in the water.
Students will learn valuable skills and knowledge that is the foundation for other medical training programs, including:
Despite being suited primarily for scuba divers, the course has no prerequisites and it does not require any dive training.
This means it is equally applicable for anyone who is around divers, such as:
Reaching some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites means you will need to travel. Often, the only way of getting there will be a journey made by boat.
As a result, there should always be an adequate supply of emergency oxygen available on all dive boats.
Note: You do not need to have a certification in CPR and First Aid training to enrol in the Oxygen Provider course.
Generally, it is much easier for students with a busy schedule to choose the online learning option to start scuba lessons.
Being able to complete the independent study portion of a multiple day course offers you some flexibility and convenience.
As long as you have a computer or a mobile device, you will be able to study the knowledge development portion at your own pace (online or offline).
If you sign up for PADI eLearning® you can complete all the self-study assignments online (around 3,900 THB).
Following that, you would need to contact the dive shop to perform the required practical training sessions with a PADI Instructor to finish the course.
You need to participate in the instructor-led knowledge development sessions by completing all knowledge reviews from the Oxygen Provider student manual.
Besides that, you will also learn about:
Note: Another section contains more information about the most common scuba diving injuries, including lung overexpansion, crown of thorns starfish sting, and alternobaric vertigo.
You must wear safe scuba gear for any training dives conducted in open water. Other specialist equipment used for treating injured divers can include:
Note: Another section explains how to get the PADI Enriched Air Specialty certification which may reduce the likelihood of getting certain kinds of scuba illnesses (e.g. DCS).
After cleaning the gear, there are several kinds of activities that divers should avoid doing. They include:
Suppose you don't go diving for more than six months. There is a simple way to refresh the knowledge and skills that you already learned.
After a long period of inactivity, taking the PADI ReActivate® program will help you brush up on the safety procedures and scuba diving fundamentals.
You must be in good physical and mental health and be medically fit for recreational scuba diving. You can review the Diver Medical Participant Questionnaire Online to check whether you need to be evaluated by a physician.
It is not appropriate to ask dive staff (e.g. divemasters, instructors) for medical advice or clearance to go diving. Instead, you can contact the Divers Alert Network (DAN) if you have questions about your medical fitness to dive.
We have qualified instructors and expert dive guides who can teach in several languages, including English, Thai, and Chinese.
The price may include (all):
Important: You will usually be making two (2) scuba training dives in the same day. The PADI flying after diving guidelines say you need to wait a minimum of eighteen (18) hours after the second dive before you go to altitude. Please send an email to our team if you need further information.
Most of the information in this section focuses on scuba diving activities which we usually conduct from a boat in Thailand.
Note: The short video [2:07 seconds] presented by the American Heart Association (AHA) explains how to perform 'hands-only' CPR for situations where you are unable to protect yourself against mouth to mouth contact.
If you choose to complete Emergency Oxygen Provider eLearning™, you can meet up with an instructor to finish the skill development and practical application sections.
So what comes next?
The skills you learn link to almost all other scuba certifications, including most of the PADI Specialty Scuba Courses.
Note: All course prices for diving are subject to change and assume that all prerequisites have been met to start the training. Click here to contact the team at Private Scuba in Thailand to make a booking or send an enquiry.