Rescue diving appeals to those heroic souls who respond in emergency underwater situations. Rescue training is recommended for dive masters who accompany less experienced divers into open water or for anyone who would be diving independently with only their buddy. The peculiar kinds of situations that occur underwater require specialized first aid and rescue techniques which are not covered by normal first aid training.
Rescue divers learn:
- Transports – including “piggyback swimming” and surface transport
- Surface Rescues – including first aid while floating in open water
- Depth rescues – helping and retrieving a victim from depth
- Strategies for boat and shore diving emergency situations
- Standard First Aid – like CPR, wound dressing, immobility techniques
- Aquatic First Aid – similar to lifeguard skills
Rescue diving qualifications and certifications are not easy to earn and those who are qualified rescue divers deserve great respect. The physical fitness requirements are extremely demanding, which is understandable given the tasks a rescue diver may be asked to perform. While the training may be less rigorous than those for Police divers, or Coast Guard forces, certification in rescue diving is challenging enough. For those who want to take their diving skills to higher levels and work as a scuba instructor, divemaster or guide the rescue diving certification is recommended.