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Me and my two boys just completed the open water portion of our rescue course. It was the most physically demanding challenge I have encountered in the water thus far. We did all the required scenarios as well as all the pool exercises in the ocean. Heavy surge as well as 2-3 foot waves made it especially challenging. A dept of gratitude to our 2 instructors as well as all of you instructors out there teaching this great course!
That's cool, you and the boys. I'm sure you are all safer and comfortable in the fact that you will be able to handle an emergency situation should it arise. Let's just hope you never have to use the skills learned in real world applications. Congratulations and get some rest!
Yes, thanks to all of you. Toughest part of this course was repeatedly swimming back out past the surf zone to alternate between being a rescuer and the occasional victim and gear handler.
This course definitely challenges ones' mental fortitude. I feel more confident in my skills but this course made me realize that there is so much more to learn and that you really never stop learning.
Agreed! We normally boat dive off of Catalina Island so we do have to contend with alot of surges and undercurrents. But to do rescue off the shore in 2-4 foot waves is very physically demanding. And it doesnt help that we have to don all of our gear a few hundred yards or so away from the short and walk down 50 or so steps doesnt help. No offense to those in quarrries or lakes but yes, it does make a big difference. Thanks again!