Rescue Diver

Becoming a Rescue Diver is a significant step in the world of scuba diving and water rescue. It involves advanced training to handle emergency situations and assist divers in distress. Here’s a detailed overview of how one can become a rescue diver:

  1. Prerequisites:
    • You typically need to be at least 12 years old (requirements may vary by certification agencies).
    • You should have completed the basic scuba diving certification, such as Open Water Diver, and have some diving experience.
  2. Choose a Certification Agency:
    • There are several scuba diving organizations worldwide that offer rescue diver certification, such as PADI, NAUI, SSI, and others. You might want to consider partnering with these organizations to offer comprehensive water rescue programs under the WASH umbrella.
  3. Enroll in a Rescue Diver Course:
    • Locate a dive shop or training center affiliated with your chosen certification agency that offers a Rescue Diver course.
    • The course typically includes classroom sessions, confined water training, and open water scenarios to practice rescue techniques.
  4. Course Curriculum:
    • The rescue diver course covers topics such as:
      • Recognizing and managing stress in divers.
      • Dive accident management.
      • Assisting divers in distress, including underwater search and recovery techniques.
      • Emergency management and first aid for dive-related injuries.
      • Navigation and problem-solving skills.
  5. Practical Training:
    • Much of the course involves hands-on training, where you’ll simulate various rescue scenarios. This practical experience is crucial for real-life situations.
  6. Skills Assessment:
    • You’ll be evaluated on your ability to handle different rescue scenarios, both in the water and on the surface.
  7. Certification:
    • After successfully completing the course and passing the assessments, you’ll receive your rescue diver certification. This certification demonstrates your competence in handling dive emergencies and assisting fellow divers.
  8. Continuing Education:
    • Consider encouraging rescue divers to continue their education with specialties like underwater photography, wreck diving, or deep diving, depending on their interests and career goals.