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Love Diving? Take Your Passion One Step Further: Become a Rescue Diver

Rescue Divers are Prepared Divers 

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2015 - You've splashed off the Oil platforms Eureka, Elly and Ellen, explored the wreck of the A.C.E. drum seiner, and dived Casino Point at Catalina Island so many times you're more use to kelp than trees. Whether you do most of your dives near home, or save it for Cabo, you've seen a little bit of everything by now. New dive sites just aren't the challenge they were when you started; so now it's time to go a little further - train to become a Rescue Diver. It's a challenging, demanding course, but there isn't a single certified Rescue Diver who regrets having taken the course.

Realistically, diving is a very safe sport, but much like other nature sports, like mountain climbing or hiking, a small issue can quickly become a much larger one, due to the environment. While careful planning and approaching issues calmly are important, being prepared for unforeseen circumstances and knowing how to help others can help you save a life one day. 
 
With the rescue diver course, you'll learn how to recognize and assist divers in need, no matter the situation. The largest issues typically involve panicking, unconscious, or otherwise unresponsive divers, all of which can prove to be a very daunting task for the unprepared rescuer. The rescue diver course provides the instruction and practice, you need to be comfortable and confident when helping a panicking or unconscious diver establish positive buoyancy, calming them, and getting them out of the water, and if necessary, performing rescue breaths while in the water, and CPR when on land or boat. 

You need to be a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or Adventure Diver with a navigation dive). While you also need to be have a current first aid and CPR training certification to take the Rescue Diver course, we include that training as part of our course. It's also recommended that you've taken the Emergency Oxygen Provider and the Divers Alert Network (D.A.N) Diving Emergency Management Provider Program (DEMP) courses as well. 

If you're already an Advanced Open Water Diver, make this the next step in your diving journey. If you've just joined our great sport, or you're planning to start diving more seriously, make reaching Rescue Diver a goal to shoot for. Like any adventure sport, scuba diving has its risks - but with proper planning and preparation, it's one of the safest activities around. Contact us to register for one of our Rescue Diver courses and take the next step on your journey towards Master Scuba Diver.

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