Written by Ernesto Soriano III, PADI Divemaster Candidate
Just Bubbles, No Troubles. Spotlight on: PADI Rescue Diver Course
Diving in Koh Tao is an incredible experience for most of us. When we go underwater we’re exposed to an entirely new world and experience the thrilling feeling of weightlessness. But despite all our training and practice, situations often occur which require the assistance and support of a more experienced diver. Welcome to the PADI Rescue Diver Course.
In the PADI Advanced Open Water Course you learned new skills and practiced new ones. For many, the Advanced Open Water Course opens up a whole new world of diving. But as we become more skilled underwater, the opportunity arises for us to turn our attention away from ourselves, to others. In the PADI Rescue Diver Course, you’ll learn just that. While we take every precaution to check and recheck our equipment and our buddies, diving incidents occur frequently.
To start, all PADI rescue divers will complete the Emergency First Responder Course. Knowing how to assess and respond to everyday incidents is a valuable skill not just in the ocean. In the EFR course, you’ll learn the basics of primary and secondary response, and gain the confidence to deal with emergencies should they arise wherever you are.
The practical side of the PADI Rescue Diver course involves out-of-water and in-water scenarios. First, you will make sure that you are capable and confident diver who can self-rescue should the need be. Having demonstrated these skills, you will learn how to recognise and respond do other divers in distress. You’ll also have the opportunity to fine-tune many of the skills learned in previous PADI courses, like navigation.
Many Rescue Divers describe the course as the most challenging yet rewarding one they have completed. That’s because the course is designed to produce truly skilled and confident divers able to save the lives of others if need be. Emergency scenarios like surfacing an unconscious diver, or providing rescue breaths on the surface can be truly stressful. But practicing these help develop the physical AND mental skills required to be a confident rescue diver.
So if you’re looking the next challenge in your dive career, maybe the rescue diver course is right for you. It’s a serious, but very fun and rewarding few days!