As we go through our training to become Dive Professionals we are tested frequently on our Rescue Diver Skills. We learn them initially in the PADI Rescue Diver Course, then are reassessed during Divemaster, Instructor Development Course and finally assessed during our PADI Instructor Examination.
But then what? Do you practice these skills? There are many PADI Pro’s (both Divemasters and Instructors) out there who have been in the industry for many years.
With many of our best dive locations in remote areas or some distance away from a hyperbaric chamber it becomes imperative to know you can count on the people around you in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.
So, how can we best prepare our Dive Centre or Resort staff? Simple. Regular staff training!
The PADI Rescue Diver Course Exercise 7– Unresponsive Diver at the Surface is a great way to refresh rescue skills. Combine this with an EFR Primary & Secondary Care Refresher course and Emergency Oxygen Provider and your staff and customers will benefit from not only the knowledge you and your staff refresh or gain, but in the unlikely event of an incident you and your staff will be well prepared to assist in achieving a positive outcome.
Include all key staff who would be expected to assist should something go wrong, including your boat captains, Divemasters and Instructors.
Don’t forget to keep up to date with your practical skills and the latest training standards by reading the quarterly Training Bulletins or by attending a Training Bulletin Live webinar run by the PADI Training Department. Find out when the next one is run or listen to the recently recorded Q1 Bulletin on the PADI Pro’s website.