SDI RESCUE DIVER COURSE

The SDI 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.

At Southern Dive Center you can become a certified Rescue Diver.  This is a rigorous several day course in which a diver is tested in there technical skills and will gain the knowledge and abilities that one day may save the life of your fellow diver.  An incredibly important program in the diving community and is available to you through Southern Dive Center for only $200.

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Who this course is for:

  • 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

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
  • Provide proof of SDI Advanced Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives

What you can expect to 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:

  • Prevention and causes of diving accidents
    • Stress and psychological factors
    • Physical conditioning
    • Equipment
    • Surface drowning syndrome
  • Diving lifesaving
    • Self rescue
    • Diver assists
    • 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
    • Information collection
    • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
  • Accident Management
    • Access to emergency transport/assistance
    • Accident reporting
    • 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
    • Early panic symptoms
  • Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 meters/20 feet
  • Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 meters/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
  • Hyperbaric injuries and management
    • Information collection
    • Access to a hyperbaric chamber
  • Accident Management
    • Access to emergency transport/assistance
    • Accident reporting
    • Liability and related legal considerations

SDI Rescue Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution
  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor