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This course leads to scuba certification as a NASE Rescue Diver.
The Rescue Diver Program provides the Recreational Diver with important self-rescue skills, advances their knowledge of basic first aid for diving emergencies and prepares them to begin looking beyond themselves and their buddy’s needs to include other divers as well.
This program provides a foundation for which a diver can provide assistance in conditions similar to those in which the diver is trained.
Divers are encouraged to practice the skills learned in this course in order to retain these skills and a rescue refresher course is recommended every two years.
To enroll in the NASE Worldwide Rescue Diver course, students must:
- Meet all of the prerequisites as outlined in the NASE Worldwide General Course Standards and Procedures.
- Be at least sixteen years old by the start of the course.
- Posses NASE Worldwide Advanced Open Water scuba certifications, or equivalent scuba certification by a recognized agency.
- NASE Worldwide CPR /First Aid certification or equivalent from a recognized agency (AED training is recommended, but not required).
- NASE Oxygen Provider/ Oxygen administration or equivalent from a recognized agency.
Open Water Training
The NASE Worldwide Rescue Diver course consists of surface skills, underwater skills and a minimum of one scenario.
Bottom Time and Number of Dives
Open Water scuba training during the Rescue Diver scuba course, students will:
- Accrue a minimum of at least 180 minutes of practical skill development time. This time is to be accrued while students are developing competency in rescue techniques in the water, on the water, at the shoreline, and underwater, in an open water setting.
- No mandatory/required safety stops or decompression stops are permitted at any time. All dives are to be completed within the no decompression limits as detailed on the NASE Dive Tables.
Skill Performance Objectives
To be certified as NASE Worldwide Rescue Diver (before the dive):
- Prepare a detailed dive plan that includes: planned and maximum depths and times; turnaround and minimum ascent pressures; potential risks and hazards; and, environmental and other features unique to the open-water training site.
- Identify how to summon emergency medical assistance as well as how to initiate any emergency action plan that may be in place at the dive site or on the dive vessel.
Skills preformed at surface:
- Tow another diver a distance of at least 30.5m/100 ft at the surface in full scuba equipment.
- Respond to a tired diver on the surface using 4 different methods of assistance
- Respond to a stressed diver, panicked diver and unconscious diver on the surface
Skills performed underwater
- Assist to a tired diver
- Assist a stressed diver
- Assist a panicked diver
- Surface unconscious diver
- Remove, clear and resume breathing from a regulator second stage that has fallen behind the shoulder.
- Using an alternate air source, share gas with another diver while both swimming and ascending. Ascents are to be made no faster than 10m/30 ft per minute, and include a safety stop. Each diver is to do this as both donor and receiver.
- Respond to a minimum of one “Real Life” scenario that represents a typical situation that a NASE Rescue diver may encounter while diving. Thescubainstructor shall evaluate proficiency of the students skills in: identification of the problem; use of resources available; steps taken to properly respond; steps taken to remove the victim from the water; care of the victim; post-accident management; that demonstrates competency of the student’s rescue skills
- Demonstrate competency to conduct an effective rescue in a timely manner without increasing the danger to the victim or the rescuer.