Enter the path of professional scuba diving!
With the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water course, you learned the basic knowledge and skills necessary for recreational scuba diving. However you focused mainly on yourself, your own safety and your own well-being. The PADI Rescue Diver course takes you one step further and teaches you how to take care of other divers. Supporting, helping and caring for your dive buddies not only makes scuba diving saver for all people involved, the PADI Rescue Diver course can also be taken as a first entry point onto the path of professional scuba diving.
Stop, breathe, think, then act!
If noticed early most problems can be solved without much effort. But to recognize problems, we need to know their typical signs and symptoms first. After discovering a problem, we have to keep a clear and cool head and work out a plan before we act. Like with most things in life, the golden rule is: stop, breathe, think and then act. Staying calm even in challenging situations, effectively using the resources available to you and guaranteeing your own safety first are central concepts to any effective rescue procedure. Problems can be as simple as an uneasiness, discomfort or overexertion perceived by a buddy. But if NOT noticed early enough, simple problems can develop into more severe issues like panicking and irrational behaviors. During the Rescue Diver course you will learn how to act appropriate in such situations. Among others, you will learn three different methods to approach and help a panicking diver. But the course doesn’t stop there, it also prepares you to rescue divers suffering serious physical conditions like fainting or cardiac arrest. During the PADI Rescue Diver course you will learn how to rescue unconscious and non-breathing divers at the surface as well as underwater. You
will learn the correct way to bring them up to the surface and back to the boat while providing rescue breathes every five seconds. You will also be thought how to exit unconscious divers and which measures to take once the patients are back on the boat. Of course most of us are not medical professionals and as divers, we aren’t required to act as such. But at least we can do the best we can till professional medical personal arrives at the scene.
Like the Open Water course, the Rescue Diver course consists of a theory, pool and open water part. After you read your Rescue Diver manual and filled in the knowledge reviews, we will meet and go through the chapters together, as well as doing the final examination. This usually takes about a day. After theory is done we jump into the pool and practice all skills required to pass the course. Finally we are heading south for two days practical exercises in the ocean. There we will repeat the skills you learned in the pool and conduct two rescue scenarios where you will combine some of the skills you learned during the course. You will also develop a short emergency assistance plan, which you can use during the scenarios. The program isn’t too tight and we will also have plenty of time between the skills, to enjoy the underwater world! The topic is serious, but the course is usually lots of fun with not much time pressure.
Minimum age: 12 years
Maximum group size: 8 participants
Course duration: 4 days
Course price: 12’000 baht (Pattaya), 16’000 baht (Similan Live Aboard).