PADI Search and Recovery Diver
Propulsion Vehicle Divemaster Courses
Emergency First Aid Response (20 hours)
During this course, students will learn CPR and First Aid as well as Primary and Secondary Care which are vital and required skills for Divemasters. Students will focus on Primary Care through a combination of knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice to make sure they have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to use the skills. Students may also participate in an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training component, learn how to help a conscious choking adult and get an emergency oxygen use orientation. Secondary Care (first aid) covers injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening or when local EMS is unavailable or delayed. Secondary Care focuses on: BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level; Preventing and caring for shock; Spinal injury management; Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk; Basic first aid and first aid kit considerations through knowledge development, skill development and realistic scenario practice.
Enriched Air Nitrox (9 hours)
The PADI Enriched Air Diver provides students with the knowledge required to safely plan and conduct recreational Enriched Air dives. This certification is necessary for students who become Divemasters in order to lead dives to popular sites around the world to include here on Oahu. Two Enriched Air dives follow the academic topics and exams. These dives may be conducted as night dives further enriching the student’s experience and expertise.
Rescue Diver (32 hours)
The PADI Rescue Diver course is an important step in expanding upon the Advanced Open Water Diver knowledge and experience and is required to become a Divemaster. This course involves classroom presentations, pool training and beach skill development sessions followed by 6 training dives. The Rescue Diver Course focuses on how to successfully provide self-rescue and rescue of other divers.
Upon completion of the course, the student is certified as a PADI Rescue Diver and qualifies for further training as a PADI Divemaster.
Divemaster (150 hours)
The PADI Divemaster course is a 150 hour course during which qualified Rescue Divers learn the
knowledge and skills necessary to make the transition from a recreational diver to the first professional membership level of PADI. Instructor level academic knowledge will be developed and tested. Confined water training includes improving all standard open water skills to demonstration quality. Rescue skills, equipment exchange (problem solving), watermanship and stamina are also evaluated.
Functioning as an instructional assistant is also covered in the pool and the ocean. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is certified as a PADI Divemaster and qualifies for attendance in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
Deep Diver (22 hours)
This course will teach students to dive safely up to 130 feet. Classroom instruction will review reasons for deep diving focusing on application in a search and recovery context. Students will also learn how to plan deep dives, buddy contact procedures, and safety considerations. During in water instruction, students will further their buoyancy control skill and learn how to manage their gas supply. This course is a prerequisite to begin the Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver course.
Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver (22 hours)
During this course, students will learn how to maintain their diver propulsion vehicle, how to plan dives, and buddy contact procedures. In water instruction will cover diver propulsion vehicle handling skills to include proper descents and ascents. Students will also learn about potential problems and how to deal with them. This course is a prerequisite to being the Search and Recovery Diver course.
Search and Recovery Diver (22 hours)
This course teaches students how to carefully plan search operations and different recovery methods. Students will learn how to locate objects by swimming various search patterns using a compass and natural navigation. Instruction will also cover how to gather facts to aid in the search effort prior to the dive and how to recover large or heavy objects using a lift bag and other methods.