- Rescue Exercises – Self Rescue Review 1
- Rescue Exercise 2 – Quick Reverse
- Rescue Exercises – Panicked Diver Surface Approach
- Rescue Exercises – Distressed Diver U/W: OOG
- Rescue Exercises – Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
- Rescue Exercises – Unresponsive Diver at Surface
- Rescue Exercises – Unresponsive Diver at Surface 2
- Rescue Exercises – Exiting an Unresponsive Victim
Upon recognizing a potentially unresponsive diver at the surface, attempt to get his attention by shouting “diver, diver are you okay?” and splashing
If no response, stop and evaluate conditions for any dangers
If okay to approach, attempt to get attention again
Make contact with the diver and turn him face up
Inflate victim’s BCD
Inflate your BCD
Remove victim’s weight belt
Remove your weight belt
Remove victim’s mask
Remove your mask
Remove victim’s regulator
Remove your regulator if in place
Position diver so that his head is toward your dominant hand and his feet are toward your other hand (for purposes of this write-up, we’ll assume you’re right handed)
You must use your body and shoulders to shield the airway from any potential waves and water movement.
Place your left hand under the diver’s neck to open airway
Look listen and feel for 10 seconds. YOU MUST BE VERY CLOSE TO DO THIS EFFECTIVELY.
Count it out, looking at chest for rising/falling
Feeling for breathing on your cheek
Listening for breathing
Again, you must BE CLOSE for this to be effective
When you determine that the diver is not breathing, activate EMS by saying “Call for help, I have an unresponsive diver at the surface.”
Maintain open airway with left hand- the airway stays open from now on!
Lightly pinch victim’s nose and initiate rescue breathing by administering two slow rescue breaths
For all rescue breath simulations, make physical contact between your lips and the victim’s chin when giving breaths
Count slowly to four and give a breath on every 5th second
If you miss a breath, you must administer two slow rescue breaths and then continue on the five-second cycle.
In between breaths, begin removing your victim’s equipment with your right hand.
The slower you make the actual rescue breath, the more time you will have to locate and plan to remove a particular release. Each rescue breath should take approximately one second to administer.
Start with victim’s chest release and work down
Remove victim’s AAS
Remove victim’s SPG if necessary
Remove shoulder clips
Keep the victim floating on his BCD while you begin unclipping your own releases.
Top Tip: RELEASE YOUR SHOULDER BCD CLIPS FIRST- if you undo your chest and waist clips, your BCD will likely float up behind you, sliding your shoulder clips under your arms. These clips may then become extremely difficult to access and release. Remember that you must keep the victim’s airway open and protected at all times.
Next, release your AAS
Next your chest clip
Next your waist release(s)
This takes you out of your gear, enabling you to quickly tow the diver floating on his BCD.
When ready to remove the victim from his BCD, deflate his BCD half-way and reach under him with your right hand. Grab the left wing of his BCD and rotate it under him to his right side.
You will need to concentrate on keeping his head up and airway protected with your left hand- still under his neck!
When you have reached your exit point, you administer two slow rescue breaths and then have 30 seconds to exit and initiate CPR.