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Rescue Diver / Diving First Aid for Professionals

Learn how to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies, how to assist and transport divers, and how to perform surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat and shore based skin and scuba divers. Students will also attend and become certified in Diving First Aid to include CPR/BLS/AED/Emergency Oxygen/Neurological Assessment) The first aid certifications are valid for 2 years.

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Rescue Scuba Diver

This course trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies. Included are: assists, transports, surface rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat- and shore-based skin and scuba divers. The course meets the prerequisite rescue training for NAUI Skin Diving Instructor, NAUI Assistant Instructor, NAUI Divemaster and NAUI Instructor certifications. Note: Adult CPR training (approximately four hours) meets the requirement for Rescue Scuba Diver certification. However additional CPR training that includes two-person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g., pocket mask, face shield, is required to meet the requirements for NAUI leadership certification.
• Graduates are considered competent to perform assists and rescues in open water provided the diving site and diving situations approximate those of the course.
• Graduates may use this certification to meet the prerequisite for the NAUI Training Assistant specialty course, NAUI leadership courses and NAUI Instructor course.


• Age. Minimum is 15 years by the water phase of the course. (Junior certification for ages 10-14 years is allowed.)
• Certification/Experience/Knowledge. Certification as a NAUI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diver or the equivalent is required. The instructor is to ensure adequate student knowledge and capability before any open water training and shall use skill or other evaluations to do so. One open water dive (which does not count toward the minimum number of dives required for the course) may be used as a screening and evaluation dive. This is not required when the student’s diving proficiencies are well known to the instructor.
• Equipment. Students shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own diving equipment. The instructor shall initially assist the student in checking all student gear to ensure it is adequate and in proper working order.


• Academics (estimated hours). Two hours.
• Practical Application.

  1. Two hours.


  1. The minimum number of open water dives is one. An open water session involves one or more skin or scuba rescue exercises

  - DEPTH.

  1. The maximum depth for any open water dive during this course is 40m (130 ft.). No dives are to require actual staged decompression. However, simulated staged decompression may be added to the ascent of a no required- stop dive. Any simulated decompression time spent deeper than 7.6m (25 ft.) must be included in the actual dive time.


• Diving Safety.

  1. Causes and prevention of diving accidents: physical conditioning and physiological factors, stress and psychological factors, stress and the panic syndrome in self and others, recognizing distress, pre-dive equipment checks, and surface drowning syndrome.
  2. Diving rescue: self-rescue, diver assists, surface and underwater rescues, diver transport, in-water rescue breathing, gear removal techniques, boat and shore extrication techniques, first aid applications, and oxygen usage.
  3. General accident management: victim care and positioning, access to emergency transport/assistance and hyperbaric chambers, information collection and transmittal, accident reporting, liability and related legal considerations.
  4. If first aid and CPR certification are not offered as part of the course, current certification in both is required for certification. Unless otherwise prohibited by law or legal code.

• Emergency/Rescue/Problem Solving.

  1. On the surface, identify the problem and properly assist a completely equipped skin or scuba diver simulating each of the following: a muscle cramp, rapid shallow breathing, exhaustion, signs of pre-panic and breathing difficulties (due to suit constriction, cold water, etc.).
  2. Scuba Diver Rescue. (See supplemental “Details of Selected Skills.”)
  3. With the aid of one assistant, remove a diver simulating a non-breathing unconsciousness victim from the water after reaching the water’s edge, boat or platform.


Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro)


The Diving First Aid for Professional Divers (DFA Pro) course is designed to teach the knowledge and skills needed to provide the range of care that may be required for divers in an occupational dive setting.
Upon successful completion of this course, graduates are considered competent to engage in performing the skills covered in this course without supervision.

• Ratios.

  1. Maximum student-to-instructor ratio during skills development session is 12:1.

• Course (estimated hours).

  1. Knowledge development (eLearning and/or lectures) = six to eight (6-8) hours (estimated)
  2. If eLearning is used all eLearning must be complete prior to skills development session.
  3. Skills development (practice) = six to eight (6-8) hours (estimated)

• Required Instructor Materials

  1. Core Instructor Manual
  2. Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Instructor Guide
  3. Diving First aid for Professional Slates; BLS:CPR, First Aid, HMLI,Neruo,EO2
  4. Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Student Handbook (digital or print)

• Required Student Materials

  1. Diving First Aid for Professional Divers Student Handbook (digital or print)
  2. Oronasal resuscitation mask or other face shield intended for rescue breathing (one for each student)
  3. Non-rebreather mask (one for each student)
  4. Neurological Assessment slate and pencil (one for each student)

• Required audiovisual materials:

  1. Diving First Aid for Professional Divers slides and video

          Diving First Aid for Professional Divers online knowledge development
• Required equipment and supplies:

  1. Adult CPR manikin(s)
  2. Infant manikin (s)
  3. Non-latex medical gloves
  4. AED Trainer
  5. Neurological Assessment slate
  6. Dive Accident management slate or note-taking supplies
  7. Emergency oxygen unit or equivalent as noted in Policies applying to all First Aid Courses
  8. Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV) OR Bag Valve Mask (BVM)
  9. Epinephrine auto-injector trainer and/or naloxone auto-injector trainer
  10. First aid supplies including: Tweezers, irrigation device, dressing and bandaging materials, splints (commercial or improvised), commercial tourniquet (trainer) or materials to improvise a tourniquet.
  11. Bulb syringe
  12. Pencil or other non-permanent/no smear writing implement (for use with slates)
  13. Manual vacuum pump
  14. Moulage supplies to create mock injuries (recommended)

• Course Results. Certification in Diving First Aid for Professional Divers. This course certification expires two (2) years from date of completion of the course.

• Knowledge Development

  • Duty of Care and Emotional Response
  • Basic Science
  • Respiration and Circulation
  1. Nervous System
  2. Atmospheric Gases
  3. Decompression Illness
  • Dive Emergency Preparation
  1. Bloodborne Pathogens
  2. Emergency Action Plans
  3. Lifting and Moving
  • Response and Assessment
  1. Scene Safety Assessment and Universal Precautions
  2. Initial Assessment and positioning for care
  3. Neurological assessment
  4. Conducting a Neurological Assessment
  5. The Four Functional Areas of a Neurological Assessment
  • Oxygen First Aid in Scuba Diving Injuries
  1. Oxygen and Diving Injuries
  2. Handling Oxygen Safely
  3. Oxygen Delivery Systems and Components
  4. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  5. Starting CPR – Supporting Circulation
  6. Continuing CPR – Supporting Respiration
  7. Use of AEDs during CPR
  • Secondary Care
  1. General Assessments and Medical Emergencies
  2. Temperature Related Injuries
  3. Slips, Falls, Secondary Assessment: Fractures and Splinting
  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries/First Aid
  1. Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  2. Envenomation and Toxins
  3. Traumatic Injuries
  4. Seafood Poisoning
  5. Life-Threatening Complications
  6. Avoiding Hazardous Marine Life Injuries

• Provider Skills

  1. Scene Safety Assessment
  2. Donning and Doffing Gloves
  3. Initial Assessment
  4. Recovery Position
  5. F-A-S-T Assessment
  6. Taking a History
  7. Taking Vital Signs
  8. Mental Function
  9. Cranial Nerves
  10. Motor Function (Strength)
  11. Coordination and Balance
  12. Oxygen Equipment Disassembly and Assembly
  13. Demand Valve
  14. Nonrebreather Mask
  15. Chest Compressions for CPR
  16. Rescue Breathing
  17. Resuscitation with a Bag Valve Mask (BVM)
  18. Using a Manually Triggered Ventilator (MTV)
  19. Full CPR
  20. Using and AED
  21. Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO)
  22. Suctioning
  23. Secondary Assessment
  24. Splinting
  25. Injury Management
  26. Pressure Immobilization Technique
  27. Traumatic Injuries (Control of External Bleeding)
  28. Applying a Tourniquet
  29. Severe Allergic Reactions
  30. Shock Management
  31. Opioid Overdose
  32. Combined Skill Scenarios (at least three (3) scenarios must be completed as part of a team)

A minimum score of 80 percent on each section of the final written assessment is required for certification.

Price Includes:

Instructor fee

eLearning Material

Pool Sessions

Classroom Sessions

Open Water Sessions

Air fills


*** Dive equipment is required for all diving activities. Personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, booties, gloves, hood) are required. SCUBA gear (BCD, wetsuit, life support sytem, cylinders, computer/guages) are required. If you do not own SCUBA gear, we have rental gear availble for an additional fee.

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