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Barberman
08-10-2008, 18:32
Me and my wife are both currently PADI AOW certified. I have read a lot of posts that say that the rescue course is a very good cert to get, but that it is one of the more difficult courses. We are planning on getting the rescue cert next year, but I was wondering what are some of the skills that you learn in the course?

Thanks!

mitsuguy
08-10-2008, 18:49
without going into too much detail, you learn how to deal with a diver that is tired, panicked, or unresponsive, both on the surface and underwater...

tc_rain
08-10-2008, 19:51
If you are planning on taking the course, buy the book and start reading it. you will see what the course involves and have a good start on the class. i think the book is only like $30 or so

Barberman
08-10-2008, 19:55
Thanks, next time I"m at my LDS I will see if I can pick up a copy of the book.

BuzzGA
08-10-2008, 21:47
It is a great course! My wife and I did it this summer. We added to it by getting our DAN Des certification...I would suggest anybody get at least some of the DAN certifications at the same time since the courses go together so well.

stairman
08-10-2008, 22:13
When you pay for the class you should get the books to study.Give yourself a few weeks to go over it before class.EFR and o2 provider go hand in hand with the course but arent required.And the two are only good for two years,then a refresher is needed.Rescue is good for life.Youll learn to search for a lost diver and bring the uncontious diver to the surface.Where rescue breaths and gear removal as you swim to shore or dock is done.Panicked diver at the surface is practiced and what to do.Basically its a lifeguard course for victims in scuba gear.Its important to go over the skills in the book often to keep them proficient.My class was fun.It depends on your instructor weather it will be fun or grueling.A definete [must-do]IMO.

Sansho
08-11-2008, 05:09
You might also see if you can borrow the Rescue DVD from your LDS, which is what I did. Useful to reinforce what you read, however, not a replacement for the classroom/pool/open water work.

Zenagirl
08-11-2008, 08:19
I think just as important as learning to rescue other diver's in distress, you will also learn self-rescue, which is just as important. Personally, I think Rescue is the most important course a certified diver can take.

I have to agree with BuzzGA about Dan's Dive Emergency Management Provider course (DEMP), well worth the day it took me to complete and I really like my cool "DES Quest" t-shirt and hat I got from DAN. :D

(DES stands for "Dive Emergency Specialist")

georoc01
08-11-2008, 08:38
When you pay for the class you should get the books to study.Give yourself a few weeks to go over it before class.EFR and o2 provider go hand in hand with the course but arent required.And the two are only good for two years,then a refresher is needed.Rescue is good for life.Youll learn to search for a lost diver and bring the uncontious diver to the surface.Where rescue breaths and gear removal as you swim to shore or dock is done.Panicked diver at the surface is practiced and what to do.Basically its a lifeguard course for victims in scuba gear.Its important to go over the skills in the book often to keep them proficient.My class was fun.It depends on your instructor weather it will be fun or grueling.A definete [must-do]IMO.

I believe for the PADI course anyway, EFR is required.

mitsuguy
08-11-2008, 08:44
When you pay for the class you should get the books to study.Give yourself a few weeks to go over it before class.EFR and o2 provider go hand in hand with the course but arent required.And the two are only good for two years,then a refresher is needed.Rescue is good for life.Youll learn to search for a lost diver and bring the uncontious diver to the surface.Where rescue breaths and gear removal as you swim to shore or dock is done.Panicked diver at the surface is practiced and what to do.Basically its a lifeguard course for victims in scuba gear.Its important to go over the skills in the book often to keep them proficient.My class was fun.It depends on your instructor weather it will be fun or grueling.A definete [must-do]IMO.

I believe for the PADI course anyway, EFR is required.

Correct

Barberman
08-11-2008, 08:51
So you have to pay for the EFR seperate from the cost of the rescue class????

NZarathustra
08-11-2008, 08:58
I believe for the PADI course anyway, EFR is required.

At my LDS, you don't have to have the EFR course. But you do have to have a current CPR and First Aid certification. The EFR course satisfies both of those requirements, but it's not mandatory that you have that particular cert.

YMMV.

NZarathustra
08-11-2008, 09:00
So you have to pay for the EFR seperate from the cost of the rescue class????

Yes, they are two separate classes, but (as I noted in a reply to a different poster) at my LDS, the "medical" pre-requisite for Rescue is a current CPR and First Aid cert. So if you're currently certified in both by, say, the Red Cross or the YMCA or whatever, you don't have to take EFR.

I don't know if it's the same everywhere though, so you may want to call the LDS you're taking the course through and ask.

Barberman
08-11-2008, 09:07
I don't have any certs related to CPR/first aid. I will check with my LDS next weekend when I'm up there. Thanks for the info.

mitsuguy
08-11-2008, 09:09
So you have to pay for the EFR seperate from the cost of the rescue class????

Yes, they are two separate classes, but (as I noted in a reply to a different poster) at my LDS, the "medical" pre-requisite for Rescue is a current CPR and First Aid cert. So if you're currently certified in both by, say, the Red Cross or the YMCA or whatever, you don't have to take EFR.

I don't know if it's the same everywhere though, so you may want to call the LDS you're taking the course through and ask.

PADI says EFR or an equivalent certification from a different provider

NZarathustra
08-11-2008, 09:21
PADI says EFR or an equivalent certification from a different provider

But since the EFR course isn't diving-specific, an equivalent certification is a CPR/First Aid-AED cert.

Don Wray
08-11-2008, 12:41
PADI says EFR or an equivalent certification from a different provider

But since the EFR course isn't diving-specific, an equivalent certification is a CPR/First Aid-AED cert.

Correct, as long as it's current within the last 24 months and is from a recognized agency.

MSilvia
08-11-2008, 13:25
without going into too much detail, you learn how to deal with a diver that is tired, panicked, or unresponsive, both on the surface and underwater...
In my class, we also learned how to provide first aid for various diving injuries (including DCS and barotrauma), and learned useful things like how to use a marine VHF radio to get help, and how to prepare a boat for a helicopter evacuation.

Skred
08-11-2008, 15:17
PADI says EFR or an equivalent certification from a different provider

But since the EFR course isn't diving-specific, an equivalent certification is a CPR/First Aid-AED cert.

Not that you wouldn't want it anyway while you were at it, but I had an LDS tell me specifically that AED is not needed, just CPR and First-Aid.

brandon
08-11-2008, 16:39
Good course, especially with a good instructor. One that'll throw a lot of curveballs your way and challenge you =)

For ours, as an example, we only did our dives on days where the water conditions were crap (3-4 foot surface chop, windy, rainy, crap for vis). May as well practice in the worst conditions you have locally!

-B

crgjpg
08-14-2008, 06:45
I just took the course in July. It is a great course. I like how it starts to show you how to keep yourself out of trouble and then lead into helping others. It would be great if everyone took the course to learn how to keep themselves out of trouble.

pir8
08-14-2008, 07:11
When you pay for the class you should get the books to study.Give yourself a few weeks to go over it before class.EFR and o2 provider go hand in hand with the course but arent required.And the two are only good for two years,then a refresher is needed.Rescue is good for life.Youll learn to search for a lost diver and bring the uncontious diver to the surface.Where rescue breaths and gear removal as you swim to shore or dock is done.Panicked diver at the surface is practiced and what to do.Basically its a lifeguard course for victims in scuba gear.Its important to go over the skills in the book often to keep them proficient.My class was fun.It depends on your instructor weather it will be fun or grueling.A definete [must-do]IMO.

I believe for the PADI course anyway, EFR is required.
At least you must have a current CPR cert, not necessaryily PADIs. Although it doesn't hurt.

csterling95
08-14-2008, 09:20
cpr certification, lifegaurd stuff