Rescue & Emergency Procedures

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Introduction

Rescue and Emergency Procedures (Rescue Diver) may be one of the most valuable courses any diver can take.  This course is designed to prepare the student for a variety of emergency situations and is centered around both self-rescue and buddy-rescue.

Self-rescue skills begin with accident avoidance, dive planning, comfort in the water under stressful situations, and equipment failures.  Buddy-rescue skills include missing diver and search protocols, multiple air-sharing situations, lost mask and no visibility situations, assisting tired, panicked, disoriented, or unconscious divers at depth and on the surface, and clear communications.  The student completing this course will be more comfortable in the water and will be much more alert in preventing small situations from becoming full-fledged emergencies.

The prerequisites for the this course include First Aid/CPR/AED/Oxygen administration certifications from a recognized agency.  In order for the Rescue and Emergency Procedures certification to remain valid, the card holder must maintain a current First Aid/CPR/AED/ Oxygen certification with a two-year expiration date, or must have taken and passed a First Aid/ CPR/AED/Oxygen refresher within two prior years.

This course is normally conducted over a 2 to 3 day period, and cumulatively involves a minimum of 18 hours of instruction.

Course Information

The Rescue and Emergency Procedures course is designed to provide a complete understand of self-rescue techniques, buddy-rescue techniques, search and rescue procedures, accident prevention and avoidance, and dive planning.

Course requirements include six hours of academics and 4 dives, 3 of which will be critical skill dives and 1 will be an experience dive simulating a search and recovery effort.

A pool session or confined water session will take place prior to any open water dives.  The initial two open water dives will be conducted in water no deeper than 40'/15m during which time critical rescue skills will be introduced.  The final dive will put the student in a simulated situation where he or she will be required to initiate and coordinate a search effort followed by an underwater rescue, surface tow, and extraction.

Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have completed UTD Recreational 2 or equivalent
  • Must have completed, within two prior years, a First Aid/CPR/AED/Oxygen administration course from a recognized agency
  • Must have at least 25 dives beyond open water certification
  • Must have 10 non-training dives
  • Must complete UTD online registration process
  • Must be able to swim 50'/15m on a breath hold
  • Must be able to swim 300 yards/275m in less than 14 minutes without stopping
  • No smoking
  • Use of prescription drugs must be authorized by a physician prior to training

Course Limits

  • Maximum depth 60’/18m
  • Standard gas is air (21% O2) or Nitrox 32
  • No overhead diving
  • No stage decompression
 

Equipment Requirements

Prior to the commencement of the course, students should consult with a UTD representative to verify equipment requirements.  All participants are responsible for providing all equipment or for making provisions to secure all necessary equipment before the start of the course.

In general, it is better for the student to learn while using their own equipment.  However, students should exercise caution before purchasing new equipment to avoid acquiring substandard or unnecessary equipment.  Please contact us prior to making any purchases.

 

Sidemount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders:  sidemount pluggable single or double cylinders with appropriate stage rigging and quick disconnects
  • Low pressure distribution system such as a Z-Distribution Block or Z-Isolator Manifold
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device: rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Z-System harness or equivalent
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • Cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil

Backmount Equipment Requirements

  • Cylinders: backmount single or double cylinders
  • Regulator system: primary second stage with a donatable 5’ or 7’ hose stowed in a wrapped fashion around the diver’s neck, and a backup second stage bungeed around the diver’s neck in a necklace fashion
  • Buoyancy compensator/trim device:  rear inflation-type/wing or trim device
  • Backplate and harness system
  • Depth-measuring device
  • Time-keeping device
  • Compass
  • Mask
  • Non-split fins
  • A cutting device
  • Exposure suit appropriate for the duration of exposure
  • Optional:  spool with minimum 70’/21m line and a surface marker buoy
  • Optional:  primary light and backup light
  • Optional:  wetnotes and writing utensil