Become a Better Dive Buddy
If you've ever witnessed a rescue while scuba diving, you probably asked yourself, “Am I prepared to help?”
The first step is to become proficient in CPR and rescue diving skills. The first step to accomplishing this goal is to participate in a CPR/First Aid course like Emergency First Response and to become a PADI Rescue Diver. If you made this first step, contact a PADI Dive Shop or Resort and sign-up today!
After you become a Rescue Diver, here are some tips that will prepare you to use your rescue and CPR skills:
Stay Prepared by Following These Tips
- Stay fit for scuba diving. Your health is important. You can’t help others if you are out of shape and can’t take care of yourself.
- Practice self-rescue skills often. Remember, helping yourself creates the confidence to help others because you know you can take care of yourself while you provide aid.
- Review and practice in-water rescue breathing techniques with other divers or your buddy.
- Take your first aid kit with you every time you scuba dive and keep your pocket mask handy. Many divers consider their pocket masks standard equipment they always have in a pocket.
- Fine-tune your navigation skills by becoming a Underwater Navigator.
- Expand your search and recovery abilities by becoming a Search and Recovery diver.
- Stay current with CPR techniques by refreshing skills periodically Emergency First Response.
- Keep your oxygen administration skills sharp by participating in the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course.