The PADI EFR and Rescue Diver Course might be your next level as a diver
The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the first step in becoming a certified diver. It develops the basic skills for managing yourself underwater. In the beginning of your journey as a diver, your focus is usually limited to yourself: controlling your buoyancy and handling your gear. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course broadens your perception. It includes your surroundings: different diving environments and conditions and fine-tuning your skills.
After gaining some more diving experience as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, you might realize that you are already very comfortable and confident underwater. You don’t have to consciously think about your buoyancy or your gear anymore. It all comes naturally. Perhaps you even feel an urge to challenge yourself a bit more? We might have just what you need! The EFR and Rescue Diver Course will bring you to the next level as a diver.
General benefits of EFR and Rescue Diver training
- Builds up your confidence
Nobody wishes to end up in a real-life emergency. However, if you would be unfortunate enough to end up witnessing one, wouldn’t it be great to know how to handle the situation? EFR and Rescue training builds-up your confidence and helps you to stay calm and focused when providing help to another diver or non-diver, both in water and on land.
- Gives you a chance to help
When witnessing an emergency situation, the worst feeling is helplessness: To not have any idea what to do and just having to watch. With proper training and repeated exercises, including accident scenario practice, you will have a clear pattern in your mind about how to handle the situation. Thereby, you are able to take an active role in helping. No matter how things turn out in the end, you know you did everything you could.
- Keeps your mind clear
Emergencies have a different effect on people. Some might panic and start to act irrationally, others are naturally calm and focused. No matter to which group you belong, practicing your response to unexpected situations will create a correct pattern in your mind and muscle memory. Even if you are not completely calm in an emergency, you will have a structure to follow. This makes you respond to the situation correctly and creates order to a chaotic stream of thoughts.
- Less fear when having the right tools
It’s natural to be nervous when attempting to help. EFR and Rescue training gives you the right tools and teaches you to pay attention to important details. During the training you’ll learn about the Good Samaritan Law that protects you when acting in good faith.
- You can only improve the situation
If someone is in a life-threatening condition, unconscious and not breathing, they would not survive without any help. In a situation like that, attempting to help, even if you are not performing perfectly, is vital. If you would not succeed in saving the victim, you would at least have given them a chance, which they wouldn’t have had otherwise.
How Rescue training improves you as a diver
- Makes you a better dive buddy
When you go diving in different places around the world, you might get paired up with divers of a different certification level. Their level of skills and confidence vary. In Rescue training you learn to pay more attention to your dive buddy. You will find out how to prevent most of the diving problems already before entering the water. Further, if some in-water problems occur, you will know how to respond to them. In general, you will become a better dive buddy with whom others certainly want to go diving again.
- Brushes up your navigation skills
During your PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water Diver Courses you have learned the basics of navigation. Your Rescue training will teach you how to find a missing diver and how to choose an appropriate search pattern for the task. Being confident at navigating underwater gives you a sense of control. Therefore you are not just blindly following your dive guide anymore.
- Boosts your confidence
Being prepared for everything that could theoretically go wrong during a dive, makes you more confident since you will be more aware. Further, when you know how to spot problems beforehand, you will be more relaxed and able to properly enjoy your dive.
- Prepares you for the next levels
The next level, after the PADI Rescue Diver Course, is the first professional level: The PADI Divemaster. As a PADI Divemaster you are responsible for other divers. The Rescue Diver training prepares you for this next big challenge since it has shifted your focus into the right direction already.
On top of all the benefits listed above, EFR and Rescue Diver training is also just a lot of fun. It’s a great adventure with acting, laughing and challenging yourself. It’s not a surprise that most dive students say it’s their absolute favourite of all the PADI courses. If you want to have an active holiday with us, just sign up for your Rescue training. Let’s have some serious fun together!
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