Rescue Diver Course

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by cocobello, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. cocobello

    cocobello Divemaster Candidate

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    I am looking at taking the PADI rescue diver class. How hard of a class is this regarding final written exam and water exercises ?

    Thanks
     
  2. herbdb

    herbdb Manta Ray

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    The exam is no big deal if you study and pay attention. The in water exercises can be physically demanding. I thought it was a difficult, but rewarding course.
     
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  3. DM_cappie

    DM_cappie Divemaster

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    It all depends on the instructor and the student... I found the class to be relatively easy and a good experience. the pool and open water exercises causes you to hink on your feet, while the written exam is pretty straight forward...

    If your worried about the class or if you don't feel ready id suggest talking to your instructor and see if you can get the book and other materials before the class is set to begin. go through it, make notes and get a head start on the information that will be covered in the class.
     
  4. DivemasterDennis

    DivemasterDennis ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I do not call it "hard" as far as materials and written tests go. Even the in water time is not "hard" as such, but it can be a challenge. The class is a practical exercise class. It is a thinking and performing class, as various scenarios are played out. It is a participation class. You need to be in the middle and a part of everything- no sitting in the backround, getting by. You should have a real positive attitude about it and be excited about participating. I think the hardest part for our students is the time we have them standing around waiting for something to happen. They have to stay alert and observant, and then think, plan and act when something does happen ( and it always does). That can be hard. The course properly taught also requires indivdual initiative and sometimes innovation. It is a great growth step. Take the class not to get the certification, but to learn things that will serve you well as long as you are diving. When that is your attitude, dive in!
    DivemasterDennis
     
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  5. t-mac

    t-mac Barracuda

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    Location: VA, USA
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    Rescue is a great course. The be curriculum is not all that difficult. I thought the book work was easier than the skills. As said above, some of the skills can physically demanding -- especially if you actually get in the mindset of trying to save the person you are working with. There is task-loading as well as physical exertion. All that said, though, I did not find it a difficult course and it was very rewarding. I think everyone who dives regularly should take it, for self-preservation, if nothing else.
     
  6. peacock62

    peacock62 Nassau Grouper

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    Make sure you comfortable in uncomfortable situations! My instructors held nothing back in the practical exercises. It was stressful, but I believe it made me a much better diver on my way to DM. It will open your eyes to others abilities or limitations. Enjoy the experience and hopefully you will never really be tested.

    Mark
     
  7. cocobello

    cocobello Divemaster Candidate

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    Location: Wisconsin,USA
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    Thanks to all who have replied. I know I can do this, and set my mind at ease.
     
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  8. divingphotographer

    divingphotographer Garibaldi

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    One thing I definitely got out of my Rescue Diver course was task management. Our instructor would spring scenarios on us out of the blue on the second day. Some even had multiple victims that my dive buddy and I had to contend with. In the end, the task overload would sometimes push us right up to our mental limits. It can be a tough class physically, but never underestimate the mental toughness (aka task management abilities) one builds when doing this cert.
     
  9. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Tech Diver

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    A good instructor will push your limits and challenge you. Most will be physically exhausted by the time it's over.
     
  10. reo

    reo Divemaster

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    The written exam wasn't too difficult--I aced it. The water exercises were challenging, but doable. I really enjoyed the course. If you're comfortable in the water, pay attention to the instructor, and study the written materials, you should do fine. I think that Rescue is something all divers should seriously consider, there is a lot of good knowledge to be had.

    Ron
     
  11. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

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    I think it the most challenging and rewarding class I have taken, out of 4 courses and 5 specialties.
     
  12. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    DDennis is correct in that it is a thinking class. Lots of routines to do plus the scenarios at the end--Anything can happen here--I've done the course and played the "victim", and in both cases it seemed the instructor made up stuff to suit the conditions, etc. Book work: seemed to me about the same amount of info. as in the OW manual--not a hard test, 25 questions I recall, and not the usual PADI "trick" ones. Physical part: Seemed easy to me (I was 52 at the time), but I'm sure this also varies per instructor.
     
  13. blue sky

    blue sky Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Palmetto, FL
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    I have 180 dives AOW, Nav, Search & Recovery specialties. The good news is you only have to spell your name. Middle C student. Did not miss any questions. Wife B+ student missed one question (long time before she lives that one down).

    The course essentially took my confidence level for a 5+ to a 9 out of 10. All of the other training focused on self survival. RD moved that focus to helping others while protecting your own well being. Exercises not practiced since OW training came naturally. Remove the reg, automatically blow tiny bubbles. Mask off, no problem. BC off and back on more than 10 times, no problem now. Drag an unconscious person what felt like half way across the state while giving rescue breaths, that kicked my butt because I sink in saltwater. Many of the OW exercises I just won't do 10 miles offshore in 60 feet of water. My feeling is if you do it there you are creating an "emergency" in the name of honing your skills. That's another topic.
    I did a search for a lost "victim" and had the "victim" back at the starting point long before the other team even found the vic.

    It was the best course I have taken. I got the most out of it because I put my very best effort into it. I would recommend the course for anyone that wants to be a better diver.

    BTW did I mention carrying an unconscious diver through the shifting sands of the surf. It really was a great experience. Have fun!
     
  14. RockRover

    RockRover Angel Fish

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    Location: Santa Fe, NM
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    I honestly was let down by the exam. I studied like crazy...Checked my knowledge reviews, highlights and self-study portions of the book, then took the exam. Halfway through the 50 questions I felt like it was dumbed down compared to the details discussed during the vid and in the chapters. That said I still missed two on the exam!

    While the knowledge reviews are important, as others have said, it's ALL about the practical solution application to simulated emergencies that make the course soooooo worth while. :) Have FUN!
     
  15. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

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    Since the idea of studying is to learn the material, rather than just to pass the exam, I say mission accomplished !
     
  16. luckydays

    luckydays Humbolt Squid

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    Location: San Pedro CA
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    Great class but don't do it in a dry suit. To much drag and you will get tired. At least I did. Water temps warranted the drysuit but the class was harder with it than if I would have been in my 7mil.
     
  17. RickyF

    RickyF Manta Ray

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    It was the best course I have taken, mainly because the instructor made it so. He added a lot of "what if's" into the practical applications, came to life and became agressive during the unconcious diver recovery, pulled my mask off and I thought he was trying to drown me!:D He had way too much fun! I thought he was going to have a heart attack as he was laughing uncontrolably after the session. The whole idea is to be able to think through issues because no two scenarios will ever be the same! Task loading can be extreme depending on the situation you are placed in, but I would do it again in a heartbeat and I was 57 when I took it.
     
  18. keithbt

    keithbt Scuba Instructor

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    It doesnt matter how hard it is. Every diver should go through Rescue....IMO....
     

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