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Is Rescue training a turning point in diving perspective?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by jagfish, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kanagawa and Florida
    Rescue training as a turning point in diving perspective?

    I have a personal observation that rescue by virtue of the training and stage of a diver's career is a natural turning point where a diver's training evolves from inward attention (self-skills, knowledge), toward attention directed outward (to other divers, procedures, potential hazards, etc). By virtue of looking outward, it becomes an assumed case that your sh#t has to be wired tight if you are taking the step to (potentially) care for others. This has a positive effect, I feel. Now, there are definite stages to "wired tight", it's all relative, but my observation is the rescue course often causes an attitudinal and confidence-boosting transformation in divers that is very positive in net effect.

    Anyone have pertinent thoughts that reflect on this topic?
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  2. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Absolutely. I had trouble sleeping for three days after Rescue because I was methodico-compulsively reevaluating every decision I had ever made in the water. I think both the class skills and the ongoing reflections made me a better diver in a hurry.
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  3. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc MSDT ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    I think it depends. I learned to dive in 1987, and was supervising scientific divers with just open water certification through 2000. I was already outwardly focused when I did AOW and Rescue in rapid succession. On the other hand, for folks who go straight to AOW from OW and straight to Rescue from from AOW, I can definitely see your point.
  4. Jay Adams

    Jay Adams Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Charlestown, New Hampshire
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    I was a life guard before I was a diver. I too was already an outward focused diver. I had my AOW for a bit before joining the dive team, then I got my advanced resq cert. cart just slightly before the horse
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  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    I don't really think it was a big turning point for me. I think the decision to do the DM course was probably that. I took Rescue after only 26 dives (including the OW & AOW course dives). I did well on some things, not so well on others.
    Nevertheless, I think it is important to take it as early on as realistically possible. You then have all the knowledge in the course and have performed the skills with instructor guidance.
    A problem with Rescue is that unless you are a very active instructor, it may be a long while before you ever need the skills.
    In 4 years assisting OW courses the only thing I did (once) was a tired diver tow. Though most of my diving has been solo last few years, I have still to come upon a serious situation that would call on the rescue skills. I have over 800 dives.
    So, for the non-instructor, rec. diver, it could be you never run into that situation. So, a constant review of the inwater skills would be the way to go if you really wanted to stay sharp. A show of hands as to how many actually do that? Or my other pet peeve--who reviews CPR procedures other than maybe taking the course every 2 years?

    But, at least you are aware of the skills and have done them at one point. Not much better, but better than nothing.
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  6. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    I have done the course over 20 yrs ago. Never ever required to use the knowledge/skill that I learnt from it.
    Does it make me a better or safer diver? Hopefully.
    Practice makes perfect? Couldn't answer that.
    But I was more aware of the situation after I had done the tec course.
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  7. divinh

    divinh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    One time, the instructor, who was acting as a guide, navigated us pretty far from the boat, so he asked if I wanted a tow. I gladly accepted.
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  8. AJ

    AJ Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Netherlands
    Never done the Stress and Rescue course myself, but watched quite some S&R courses given. Did the GUE Fundamentals myself. I do not feel having missed out on something. Even more, I think a Tec course, even intro, makes better divers than S&R from what I have seen. Could be a lack of skills of the Rec instructors, don't know, but I was not impressed at all.
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  9. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    Rescue course is not about skill or technique on diving.
    Different ball game.
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  10. loosenit2

    loosenit2 si respiratio sub aqua amet ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Virginia
    Not necessarily, it really depends on the individual and where they are at mentally. I took rescue at 22 years old in college. It did not shift my mentality, I was young, brash and cocky. At the time is was just another set of skills in my kit bag. Time and experience were more important factors in changing my outlook.
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