Saving lives is hard work

After three very intense days, we are finally all certified rescue divers!

In my opinion, the rescue diver course is the first step of becoming a professional, responsible diver. You learn how to focus on others, recognize emergencies and how to handle them. Basically, you learn how to save lives.

After Jason, having saved many lives already, gave us a lesson on Emergency First Response the night before, Day 1 started with the actual PADI Emergency First Response training.

Alternating theoretical input and application, our instructors slowly guided us through the course. We got to practice on our fellow contestants, both on an adult and a baby dummy, learned how to perform CPR and…had a lot of fun!

At the end of the day, we were unexpectedly confronted with a “real” emergency: Our instructors acted perfectly as victims in various emergency scenarios to test our freshly acquired skills. It was a big drama! We all helped together and succeeded in handling the situation.

No matter how good your Emergency First Response skills are: Never forget to call 112! Professional help should always be on the way in an actual emergency. As a first responder, you can only do so much, but at least you can!

Now that we learned all the required skills, it was time to practice them in the field. Off we went to Sanur on Day 2, climbed on Blue Season Bali’s boat and started practicing with full diving gear in shallow water not far from the coast.

Search and Recovery, approaching and towing a tired or panicking diver, controlled ascents and many more were the scenarios we ran through. Teamwork, communication, delegation and a cool head were the key factors to successfully rescuing a diver in need.

In the afternoon, we repeated and newly acquired skills in Blue Season Bali’s pool. Overall, it was a great day! Exhausting in a very satisfying way.

On our last course day, we practiced everything we learned so far close to the Blue Season-boat in Sanur Bay. And…got rewarded with a fun dive: Sea snakes, nudis, coral nurseries, underwater statues and a lot of friendly fishes showed up!

My favourite part of the course was definitely the ocean practice! Running through a scenario in the water with full gear on, makes it much easier in real life diving emergencies to react quickly and appropriately.

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