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Monday, June 17, 2013

Rescue diving at the marine expedition, becoming better divers !!!!!

Voice from the field,  Jun 17, 2013 - Pez Maya 

As last week a bunch of people are focused on the rescue diving course and we have spent many of our dive hours trying to complete the course. By the end of this week we should be done and Pez Maya will then have new rescue divers. This week we have practiced finding missing divers under water, using different search patterns. Navigating in squares, or ladders under water, with a current present have proved to be a lot more difficult than expected, but the joy of finding the missing object under water has definitely compensated for it. We have also practiced getting an unresponsive diver up from the water and on to the shore, including a lot of different lift technics. The fireman lift is definitely the fanciest one, but can be a bit tricky, we are ashamed to admit that some divers where dropped before the technic was perfected. Use of oxygen is a well known trick when it comes to diving accidents and therefore also a part of the rescue diver course. As future rescue divers this week we also practiced some scenarios with our willing victims, Ben and Brad, who had been hypothetically pushing the limits of recreational diving and required immediate emergency medical attention. Luckily for both Ben and Brad care was administered perfectly and they both survived!