In the constant debate of what the toughest job is in the world, it might be the title of a rescue diver. When you consider the details of what a rescue diver has to do, there couldn’t be any more risk other than being a firefighter. The training, though, is going to be as intense as a firefighter’s in finding contingencies when something goes wrong. When you’re diving into deep waters with numerous dangers around you, training simply has to be intense.
If you’ve entertained the idea of being a rescue diver, it’s a profession for only the bravest few. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) will be your main source of training and where the training alone will be an experience you likely won’t forget.
Learning About the Course Before Signing Up
PADI provides a DVD packet that tells you everything you need to know about a rescue diver course. This kit also provides a pocket mask for practicing CPR skills and gives you an overall preview of what to expect in your intense training. It’s available to purchase at any diving supply store or resort that’s affiliated with PADI. Their website provides an easy search map where you can locate a store.
Requirements Before Signing Up
For all you diving prodigies under age 12 who want to become a bigtime rescue diver, you’ll have to wait until you turn 12. You also need certification in open water diving that teaches you the basic skills of being underwater. You can start doing this by the age of 10 alongside an e-learning course, plus confined and open water dives.
You also have to have training in first aid and CPR at least two years prior. This can be done at any local location that offers these courses, which includes your local firehouse.
While the details of what you learn will be done through direct diving, PADI also lets you take e-learning courses along the way. Through it all, you’ll learn about techniques in rescuing yourself when you find yourself in peril, and what to look for in the distress of other divers. The course teaches how to deal with divers who panic or become unresponsive due to equipment failure or health issues. They’ll also teach how to use and manage specific rescue equipment in the worst possible scenarios.
If you’re already going to college, you can use this course as college credit. The American Council of Education provides this and can be extremely valuable if you’re considering a career in the field. You’ll need a full transcript, though, to show proof you completed the courses. Overall, you can take as many as 15 PADI courses to gain credit.
After the course is done, PADI recommends you also take an Emergency Oxygen Provider course so you can learn the ropes on providing oxygen during diving emergencies. Emergency oxygen might be necessary when your fellow diver has a health event and he or she can’t breathe. Your training will give you the complete circle you need to do rescue diving technique, CPR and properly using oxygen equipment.