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jacky

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Rescue Diver Course
« on: December 11, 2008, 17:37:29 UTC »
Thinking about doing the Rescue Diver Course. Is it worthwhile?

ldg7

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2008, 19:43:05 UTC »
As a new diver, looking back, it was the best and most meaningful course I've taken.  It forced me to not only learn more about helping others, but also made me a more confident diver.  Take it, you won't regret it.
Good luck.

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2008, 03:37:45 UTC »
Agree.  The course requires you to respond to problem scenarios instead of teaching diving techniques.  At the end of the course, you see a new perspective on diving. 

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009, 17:53:37 UTC »
I'm taking the course in about 3 weeks with Ellen Winsor at Low Key Dives on St. John USVI. I think it will improve my overall perspective. I'm a single diver with a wife that doesn't dive which puts me on party boats. Anything I can do to make me safer and more aware. That's my philosophy.

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009, 11:06:41 UTC »
My wife and I took it and it was the BEST course we have taken.  It help you be more observant to your surroundings.  Highly suggest taking it!

Safe Diving

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 12:45:55 UTC »
Hi Jacky,

It's unanimous, Rescue Diver was the single most valuable of the courses I've taken since OW. I took it when I had just over 100 dives, I was able to appreciate and take advantage of what the course offered. From what I gather, the quality of the Rescue course varies tremendously, do your best to locate a good instructor and environment.

Good diving, Craig

blacktip

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 16:01:06 UTC »
I just finished Rescue diver. Very hard work. I spent three months studying the manual( I read it 3 times), then did the water work in St John with Jason Moody at Low Key. This was strenuous. But I'm very glad I did it. I feel good.

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2009, 11:49:34 UTC »
Ah yes... my favourite course to teach!

The first thing I do when I sit down with my rescue students is to thank them for caring enough about their brother & sister divers to want learn how to help them should the need ever arise.

I also point out that the knowledge / skills they gain may save their life as well, in three important ways:

> An enhanced ability to prevent / avoid problems from happening

> An increased awareness as to how to protect one's own safety when
   situations arise

> A greater appreciation for the necessity of conducting
   themselves appropriately so as not to become part of the problem, &/or
   increasing the scope of the emergency

An added benefit: if one is committed to role-playing the scenarios as "real" as they personally can, they will likely come away with a good idea of how they would personally react to the stressors of an authentic rescue dynamic. This knowledge affords one a greater sense of confidence in their personal ability to respond, and what potential role(s) they would naturally gravitate to.

Safe diving to you all.

Regards,
DSD






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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2010, 04:13:49 UTC »
Thinking about doing the Rescue Diver Course. Is it worthwhile?

The rescue course was the hardest fun I have ever had.  It challenged me both as a diver and as an acute care medical professional.  I found it was much easier to learn and understand the theory for the rescue skills than it was to actually apply the skills during our course.  I found myself physically challenged by the scenarios but I came to respect the importance of thinking through problems and performing under controlled pressure situations helped us to become better divers.  Please take this course.  I promise you will never regret the results.

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Re: Rescue Diver Course
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2010, 11:24:57 UTC »
Absolutely.

Regards,

DocVikingo

 

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