Mission Rescue Diver: Completed!

Rescue Diver Certification | DigitalGreg & Erik Williams | South Florida Scuba DivingMission Rescue Diver: Completed!

A month ago, I started studying for my rescue diver certification and this past Saturday, I finally completed the training! I have to say, this was the most gratifying certification so far. It has helped expand my skill set and I feel like a better diver because of the intense training that went with the certification. I can more effectively help someone in an emergency situation.

The “in your face” training (literally, I got a cut below my eye and poked in the eye) included a multitude of scenarios for both underwater and surface emergencies– From tired and panicked divers, to finding someone unconscious, to a tangled diver– All of the scenarios practiced were extremely realistic.

Rescue Diver Certification | DigitalGreg & Erik Williams | South Florida Scuba Diving

For instance, after re-boarding the boat after my first dive, a diver “went missing”. Knowing that I still had 2,900 PSI left in tank, I was required to suit up and utilize search techniques to recover the unresponsive diver. I was able to surface the diver and tow him to the boat. After getting the victim on board, I listened for breathing, delivered rescue breaths, and administered CPR and oxygen. Although this was only a training scenario, knowing that I was fully capable of carrying out emergency procedures was extremely rewarding.

The second dive of the day was strictly for fun, but I found myself analyzing the other divers’ interactions and behaviors. Fortunately, I did not notice any nervous or stressed divers on this trip.

Erik Williams (, who was the instructor for Netalia and my OW and AOW, was also the instructor for my rescue diver training.

When I decided to do the rescue diver course, I knew that I wanted Erik to be my instructor. He’s a phenomenal teacher and I knew he would make the course especially challenging for me. For a course like this one, learning under more difficult conditions will only make you a stronger diver.

Looking to step up your certification? Get in touch with Erik, private lessons available.

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