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Rescue Course Details

This is one of the most challenging courses you'll take as a non-professional recreational diver!!  Definitely worth every minute.

Every year in the fall and spring HiTek Scuba offers it's version of the PADI Rescue Certification.
This is NOT for the novice diver!!

We'll start with the pre-requisites:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • At least one specialty course
  • Documented experience in Underwater Navigation
  • Minimum of 25 Cold Water Dives
  • Own your own gear (except tanks)
  • Prior to the open water dive portion you must be current CPR and First Aid certified (if not, we can take care of that during the program)
  • You must be able to comfortably swim 100 yards in full gear


This course teaches you to set your focus on another diver.  That means that your own diving skills must be high enough that you can focus on saving another diver without having to continually focus on your own diving skills.  If this isn't you, that's ok...come dive with us a few times, or do some refresher dives, and be ready for the next class.

We conduct the course at the Oregon Coast.  That means dealing with surf, surge, and potentially unfavorable conditions throughout the course.  HiTek Scuba rescue divers are committed to diving, if you are a once a year, or warm water diver only, we recommend not enrolling in this course through us until you have some experience in cold water conditions.


Topics include:

The Psychology of Rescue

What is the most common cause of diver emergencies?
What three things should you consider before attempting an in water rescue of someone in the water?
What is diver stress?
What are seven causes and examples of physical stress?
What are three examples of psychological (emotional) stress caused by physical stress?
What is perceptual narrowing?

Being Prepared for a Diver Emergency

What supplies belong in a well-stocked first aid kit and how are they used?


Emergency Oxygen Delivery Systems

Why is it important to have emergency oxygen available?
What are the three primary types of emergency oxygen systems?
Which two types of emergency oxygen systems are recommended for use by rescue divers?

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

What is an AED?
What is the benefit of having an AED on hand?

 Accident Management

What are the two possible roles a rescue diver may have at a dive accident scene?
What two forms of readiness prepare you to manage an emergency?
What are the elements of each?
What are the six basic steps for emergency management?
What considerations and procedures are involved with forming a local emergency assistance plan?


Responding to Diver Emergencies

Self-rescue – Looking After Yourself First

What three areas of preparation increase your self-rescue abilities?
What three dive procedures help you anticipate and prevent problems while diving?
What should you do when you encounter a problem while diving?
What are five skills that increase your self-rescue abilities?

Recognizing Rescue Situations

What signs and behaviors indicate a diver may have a problem at the surface?
What are the characteristics that indicate a tired diver?
What are the characteristics that indicate a panicked diver?


Non-swimming Assists and Rescues

Why does the rescuer’s safety take priority over the distressed diver’s safety in an emergency situation?
What are the four types of non-swimming rescues you can use to help a diver at the surface?

Assisting the Responsive Diver at the Surface

What are the two types of responsive diver at the surface rescues?
Why is rescuing a panicked diver the most hazardous situation for the rescuer?


If you'd like to, and this sounds like something you'd like to step up to, then the Rescue Diver Course is for you.  It's challenging, fun, exciting, and will increase your diving skills and confidence like no other course you've taken so far.


Course Fee $450.00 includes rescue manual, dive accident management slate, two or three classroom sessions, two or three pool sessions, two days of rescue diving on the Oregon Coast, full rescue equipment use during class (O2 kit, AED, Backboard, First Aid Kits, etc.)

Class is held twice a year once in the Fall and once in the spring, check the calendar for dates and times.



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