the Rescue Diver course is designed to prepare the student for a variety of emergency situations and is centered around self-rescue, buddy rescue and accident prevention.
As with all FKD courses, focus is on awareness, prevention and teamwork.
This is a critical skills class. Failures will be introduced by the instructor to facilitate problem identification and resolution and building capacity and bandwidth for more progressively challenging diving.
Many of our classes are designed to provide the student not only with increased in-water comfort and confidence, but also with the skills and knowledge needed to safely plan and execute dives at a higher level.
The Rescue course teaches the student the knowledge and skills needed to not only prevent accidents, but also to act appropriately to prevent the accident slope from continuing, regardless of their skill, training, or experience level.
In a perfect world, accidents are simply something that happen to "others". Unfortunately, reality dictates otherwise. While this course has a strong focus on accident prevention, equal emphasis is centered on responding to incidents quickly, calmly and decisively for quick resolution to prevent the accident slope from worsening.
Since we train and plan for worst-case scenarios, accident scene management rounds out the course.
The student completing this Rescue class will be more comfortable in the water and will be much more alert in preventing small situations from becoming full-fledged emergencies.
This class addresses a wide range of scenarios, considerations and contingencies.
Dry run and in-water skills include OOG/LOG (out of gas/low on gas), valve failure management, panicked diver, fatigued diver, unconcious diver, toxing diver, lost diver, buddy separation, no mask/limited visibility, surface rescue procedures, diver extraction, SMB deployment and search patterns/procedures.
We will "dry run" all skills. Dry runs allow the student to practice the skills on land under the watchful eye of the instructor(s), allowing them to practice and discuss the skill prior to performing them underwater.
Academic topics include accident prevention and avoidance, temperature related problems, panic, decompression sickness/lung overexpansion injuries, gas toxicity, stress/shock/exhaustion, neurological exams and area specific accident management plans. Discussions also include proper gas planning, consumption and Rock Bottom / Min Gas, as well as proper decompression procedures.
Our diving days end with video review of the day's dives. All FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class.
Our focus is the complete dedication to your diving skills, knowledge & in water practice.
All UTD / FKD classes are video'd for educational and review purposes only. We believe it is invaluable for students to visually focus on their individual in-water skills, situational awareness, communication and team diving. Learning to self evaluate is an important aspect of the class.