The Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes.
Who should take this course?
Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set.
Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training.
Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader.
What are the prerequisites?
Minimum age: 15
Provide proof of current CPR, first aid, and oxygen provider certification. (Can be completed concurrenlty with the Rescue Diver course.)
Provide proof of Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives.
What will you learn?
The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid. You will cover all of the following and more:
Causes and prevention of diving accidents:
Stress and psychological factors
Surface drowning syndrome
Surface and underwater rescues
Types of transports
In-water artificial respiration
Boat and shore exit techniques
Diver first aid
Review of oxygen administration
Hyperbaric injuries and management:
Access to a hyperbaric chamber
Access to emergency transport/assistance
Liability and related legal considerations
Some of the in-water skills include:
On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating Breathing difficulties, Tiredness, Leg cramp, and Early panic symptoms
Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water
What's in it for you?
Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress.
Become qualified to enroll in the Master Scuba Diver program and/or the Divemaster course.
Step 1: eLearning
$139.95 per person
Step 2: Pool and Open Water Dives
$TBD per person*
*Scuba park admission, air fills and scuba equipment rental not included unless otherwise specified.
Click the button below to get started now with eLearning. Then stop by or call Scuba Frisco at 214-227-2494 to schedule your pool and open water dives and get the required gear.
Student Diver Agreement: By registering for a scuba course, you indicate that you have read and agree to the course policies, terms and conditions.
Scheduling During COVID-19
As the COVID situation remains very fluid, student divers will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis, possibly with a customized training schedule. Our staff will work closely with each student diver to ensure training goals are met in a timely manner while maximizing safety for both students and staff. Your course schedule and/or location may vary from those that are presented on our website. Please verify your class date, time, and location with our shop staff.
Important Medical Form
All student divers are required to complete the Diver Medical Form. If you can answer "YES" to one or more of the medical history questions, then you are required to obtain a physician's release on this form, without restrictions or conditions, before participating in any in-water course activities.
In addition to your basic scuba gear, you’ll need a pocket mask with oxygen inlet to practice in-water resuscitation. This is included in your course tuition.
During exercises, you’ll work with an oxygen unit, floats, marker buoys and perhaps CPR mannequins. Your Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as your own first aid kit, which will be useful throughout your diving adventures.
With your Rescue Diver certification, you're just steps from the prestigious Master Scuba Diver certification. You may want to expand your diving horizons even more by going pro as a Divemaster. Ask your instructor or divemaster, stop by Scuba Frisco, or give us a call for more details.