Prevention is better than cure. A phrase that you have no doubt heard countless times. What it amounts to is “Think about how you can do something correctly before doing it, rather than having to fix something that you have done incorrectly”.
Unfortunately, many divers are rather laconic with regard to the dive preparation and planning and safety prior to, during and after a dive. This is especially the case with the more experienced divers who tend to think that with so much experience, nothing can go wrong. This is just the sort of mentality that can lead to diving accidents.
During the IAHD Rescue Diver course, participants learn to recognise potential dangers that can be faced when diving and how to act when faced with those dangers. In addition to gaining dive related medical knowledge, participants learn many practical skills relating to observing situations, accident prevention and diver and non-diver rescue, in and around water. Of course, attention is also given to the use of rescue aids and communication with the emergency services.
Upon successful completion of the rescue Diver specialty course, the participants are certified “Rescue Diver".
The “Rescue Diver” course consists of the following sections:
In this section, the trainee will learn which actions a rescue Diver must be able to perform. In addition, he or she will increase their knowledge of (dive-related) medical disorders, how the various emergency aids function and how and when to use them.
In this section the trainee will, together with a IAHD Instructor, “act out” various emergency scenarios, during each of which progressively more and more advanced, rescue skills will be covered. The final scenarios will require the combined use of multiple skills in a complete rescue situation.
• Certified IAHD ‘Autonomous Diver' (Diver Level 2) or equivalent;
• Certified DAN 'Basic Life Support Provider' or equivalent;
• Certified DAN 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
• Minimum 16 years of age;
• At least 40 logged dives (excluding training dives);
• Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
• Signed Certificate of Understanding.