SDI Rescue Diver
The SDI Rescue Diver Course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills to effectively perform diver rescues and assist and administer the necessary first aid in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills such as how to perform self rescues, buddy rescues, recognize and calm potential panic divers, administer proper first aid to divers that have experienced dive related injuries, conduct effective search patterns and manage accident scenes. After the SDI Rescue Diver Course you can enroll in the SDI Master Scuba Diver Development Program or start in the professional ranks and sign up for the SDI Divemaster Course.
Who is suitable for this course:
Any certified open water scuba diver who wishes to expand their diver knowledge and skill set
Any certified advanced adventure diver or advanced diver who would like to advance in dive training
Anyone interested in becoming a dive leader
Minimum age 18, 15 with parental consent
Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen (O2) provider (where local law permits) certification*
Provide proof of SDI Advanced Adventure Diver certification, or equivalent, or open water diver certification and 40 logged open water dives
* Note: CPR, first aid and oxygen provider courses may be combined with the rescue program by qualified instructors.
What you can expect to learn:
The rescue certification course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues and assists, and administer necessary first aid.
You will cover all of the following and more!
Prevention and causes of diving accidents
Stress and psychological factors
Surface drowning syndrome
Surface and underwater rescues
Types of transports
In-water artificial respiration
Boat and shore exit techniques
Diver first aid
Review of oxygen administration
Hyperbaric injuries and management
Access to a hyperbaric chamber
Access to emergency transport/assistance
Liability and related legal considerations
Some of the in-water skills include:
On the surface, identify and assist a properly equipped skin or scuba diver simulating:
Early panic symptoms
Locate and bring to the surface a scuba diver simulating unconsciousness to the surface from approximately 6 metres/20 feet
Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver 50 metres/150 feet to shore or boat, simulating in-water rescue breathing
Upon reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one aide, remove the diver from the water
What’s in it for you?
Ability to conduct rescues for divers in distress
Become qualified to enroll in:
The SDI Master Diver program
The SDI Divemaster course
SDI Rescue Diver minimum requirements:
Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive emergency planning and execution
Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently
Satisfactorily complete the SDI Rescue Diver written examination located in the SDI Rescue Manual with a passing score of 80%, followed by 100% remediation by the Instructor