Be the Ultimate Dive Buddy: Beginning diver courses generally limit emergency skill training to self rescue and tired diver assists. Why?
- Beginning students lack sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to truly master complex rescue skills.
- There is simply not enough time in most beginning scuba courses to cover all the rescue and emergency management skills that every diver should have.
This is why the Rescue Diver course provides important follow-on training. It covers:
- Self-rescue and diver stress.
- Dive first aid.
- Swimming and non-swimming rescue techniques.
- Emergency management and equipment.
- Panicked diver response.
- Underwater problem solving.
- Missing diver procedures.
- Surfacing the unconscious diver.
- In-water rescue breathing protocols.
- Egress (exits).
- First aid procedures for pressure related accidents.
- Dive accident scenarios.
The Rescue Diver course also helps you meet important prerequisites for Master Diver, Divemaster and other leadership-level courses.
Who Can Take This Course?
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Be certified the NASE Advanced Open Water Diver level (or equivalent).
- Hold current First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provider certifications.
- Be able to answer No to all questions on the NASE Medical History form, or secure a physician’s approval for diving prior to the start of the course
What is Involved?
- Self Study: Using the NASE Rescue Diver manual.
- 180 Minutes of In-Water Training: This may be a combination of confined-water and open-water training, or it may take place entirely in open water.
What Equipment Will You Need?
- Mask and fins
- Adequate exposure protection
- BC and regulator system
- One full cylinder per dive
- Dive computer or depth gauge and timer
- Underwater compass
- Dive knife or cutting tool
Depending on the dive site and planned activities, it may also be prudent to have items such as audible and visual surface signals. Your instructor may have further equipment requirements in addition to these.