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Rescue Diver course

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by jejton, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. Ben_3

    Ben_3 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada
    padi dose recommend to renew efr every 2 years, it’s good idea like any first aid training. Not sure as how many do though..
  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Yes, they recommend that and it was required by our shop when I was a working DM. Problem with that, though, is renewing EFR (or any CPR course) every year, IMO, does very little good unless one reviews the stuff at least occasionally in between the courses. I took it twice with another company (not EFR) and noticed many taking it simply because it was required by their boss. Might as well not bother unless you have the procedures in your head should you ever need to rescue someone.
    Same idea with the Rescue Course. If you take it 2 years ago and don't review, what good is the cert.?

    Maybe it's just my lousy memory, but to illustrate--
    In the Rescue course you learn how to assemble and use the 02 bottle. It is reviewed in the DM course. Each time you get to do it yourself once.
    As I was assisting with OW courses then, and didn't own an 02 kit ($700), I asked the shop owner to show me the procedure again and I wrote each step down. Since then (2012) I have reviewed that list once weekly, taking all of 30 seconds. Not very practical now with almost all my dives being solo, but I probably can use the 02 on someone if ever needed.
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  3. BackAfter30

    BackAfter30 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denver
    I'm interested in this comment - and @Corrupted_Diver's.
    What experience are you getting from more dives that make this course easier to comprehend? Some have said not to do it before having buoyancy well in hand; that makes perfect sense. What else are you two referring to?
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Probably not much regarding the academics of it. I guess I would have done a better job at the scenario if I hadn't rushed so much getting my unit on and getting a couple of things twisted wrongly, etc. Other things I was fine doing with only 26 dives, a couple of times I was outstanding.
    Maybe "comprehend" isn't the best word. Maybe with more dives under my belt I would have known to make sure I was perfectly set to go before starting the rescue. The more comfortable you are with all aspects of basic diving the more you can concentrate on the new stuff in the Rescue course?
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  5. hedonist222

    hedonist222 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dubai, AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates
    fair question

    When you've experienced a lot of current, you can comprehend during the recovering-a-diver section that in theory (still waters) its easy compared to during a current

    You'd have had to have struggled in a current during a dive to feel this

    Same concept with most rescue diver elements
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