Rescue Diver Course: Day 1
I arrived at Blue Season Bali yesterday morning ready to start my rescue diver course. For those of you who don’t know a certified Rescue Diver is someone who is trained to handle diving emergencies. Becoming a rescue diver gives you the skills and knowledge that you will need to be a leader should you ever encounter a problem while diving.
Day 1 began in the classroom where we did some theory and completed our knowledge reviews. This gave us the foundation that we needed to start practicing our skills. We spend the next couple of hours in the pool practicing everything from approaching panicked divers in the water to surfacing an unconscious diver. It was great practice and I found it more difficult than I expected to react quickly during the practice scenarios.
Rescue Diver Course: Day 2, Out in the Ocean
Day 2 was when the challenges really began. We spent the day diving at Sanur and practicing all the skills that we had learned. The idea is for you to experience as close as possible what it would feel like to be in a real situation. With this in mind our instructor sends out divemasters Tegan and Dayne to play the victims. We had to practice doing search patterns to find unconscious divers. We also practiced surfacing them and giving them rescue breaths while towing them back to the boat. It was a long day and super tiring but also really fun. We really had to be on our toes, knowing that a diving emergency could happen any time. Now I feel like a much more capable diver. It is nice to know that I will know what I can do to help if an emergency should ever happen.