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Padi rescue Diver Swim requirements??

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by mavjax, Aug 21, 2004.

  1. underwater daphne

    underwater daphne Solo Diver

    i understand your points and respect your opinion, but it wasn't like that. i was worried about lake diving, but having dived in the sea, that was my only worry. so why not take an extreme situation and make it a bit worse :wink:
    by the way, being afraid of something, doesn't mean you should blow it off! and what better course to dive in a lake for the first time than with experienced divers learning to be rescuers?
    i had my first course on saturday and i must admit it was hell. i have never been so kaputt after diving. yes, i know get in shape, bla bla bla, but in real life i won't have to continue rescuing ppl from 10 am to 5pm. all the same i agree that getting in shape is important. it's strenous saving someone and doing 3 tasks at once. personally i would do it differently as in the course. i wouldn't breathe, swim and remove equipment at the same time. i'd more likely breathe and swim and at the shore begin removing equipment and breathing, giving me only 2 tasks at a time and i doubt i'd be much slower. i'm 1,56 cm and doubt my buddy will ever be smaller than me.
  2. NorthernMelody

    NorthernMelody Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Ari Atoll, Maldives
    I've pass the rescue as well...there is swimming...and a lot of kicking and hauling "unconcious victims" from the bottom, but realax and have fun. Its a mentally challenging program as well as physical, but I passed it and enjoyed it and I was saving a 220lbs man :)
  3. underwater daphne

    underwater daphne Solo Diver

    kewl, congrats! I'll be passing next saturday :wink: :)
  4. carfier

    carfier Instructor, Scuba

    My son and I just finished our rescue Diver yesterday. We ended up tired after the class was over but we learned a lot and had tons of fun specially when we thought we were done and all of a sudden our instructor had one last rescue for us!
    There was a lot of problem solving involved specially when my son's victim was a 200 pound guy and mine was like 280 pounds. All in all we learned a lot and had a blast.
  5. dweeb

    dweeb Manta Ray

    Middle 80's
  6. dweeb

    dweeb Manta Ray

    If they're that easily confused I don't want them diving, let alone rescuing anyone.

    This is something that bothers me some - the whole idea of these threads where someone wants to know what to expect in a given course, always with an undertone of anxiety over the difficulty. Look around, people. See how many instructors and DM's are out of shape and how many are too dumb to be allowed to walk the streets unsupervised. MILLIONS of people pass these courses, and none of them comes from the planet Krypton. Anyone who has any anxiety about the difficulty of any PADI course needs to look in the mirror and ask, "What kind of helpless boob do I see myself as?"

    If you're considering a PADI course, and have any doubts as to whether it's too hard, repeat after me "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!" If, after that, you still have rational concerns based on empirical aspects of yourself, set about to change those aspects and then take the course.

    Not because it's a bad idea per se, but because of the new diseases out there that people are so anxious about.
    The first time I took CPR, there was no such thing as a pocket mask, either.

    and 45.
  7. dweeb

    dweeb Manta Ray

    And my point was that, if something as minor as a switch from saltwater to fresh elicits anxiety, then you need to dive more and gain more experience, to the point where such a minor change from what you're used to is not such an issue.

    I never said blow it off. I said don't be afraid, and suggested how to get to that point. For some people, "don't be afraid of it" means they simply decide to "flip a switch" in their head and that's it. For some, it may require more.

    Classic example - waiting in line for a roller coaster.
    Some people are anxious. Some of them, you can explain to them that millions ride it every year and are fine, and if it was any more dangerous than crossing the street, the park wouldn't be able to get insurance and the gates would never open, and they can take that cognitive knowledge and apply it, and end their anxiety. Others need to ride it a few hundred times before they stop white knuckling it. Do whatever works for you, but put the anxiety behind you so you can learn.

    No, a real rescue will likely take as much out of you in 5 minutes as the course did in 7 hours. That's the point.

    No, you'll be doing 5. Again, that's the point.
  8. mania

    mania Cousin Itt ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Warsaw, Poland
    But this speed was only for singles :wink:

  9. underwater daphne

    underwater daphne Solo Diver

    well, it seems you've been rescuing a lot of ppl.

    and the adrenaline kick in a real rescue kinda helps too.

    and somehow i feel like i'm being attacked by someone who doesn't know me or the whole story, even though you might not intend to make me feel that way.

    why should ppl not feel anxiety if something is new and when they don't know what to expect? for me that's normal human behavior and a reason why i hang around these forums.

    and yes i was in a lake before and froze. i became really aggressive and very angry because the instructors ignored my signs of being cold. i wasn't wearing a suitable wetsuit and no one told me that. that kinda makes you anxious about going into a lake again. and make you wanna know more about what you're getting into at the rescue course.
  10. HammerNoMore

    HammerNoMore Instructor, Scuba

    Dweeb has that affect on people, it's best just to ignore him.


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