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So, Advanced Open Water is complete, EFR is done, and just now finishing Rescue Diver. Blake and I do our practical exam tomorrow, and then we're done with the RD. We wrote the Rescue exams today and it was a breeze. We start Divemaster orientation in a few days, with Ken.
Rescue Diver opens up a whole 'nother world. I've been used to simply thinking about myself alone, as a diver. But now I'm trained to think about managing an emergency situation. For the Rescue training, we learned how to bring a non-responsive diver from the bottom to the surface. We learned how to assist a panicked diver on the surface, and we learned how to control an out-of-control ascending diver. For the exam, we'll also be expected to bring a non-responsive diver out of the water, up on to the beach, to administer emergency oxygen, and do injury assessments, etc. It's been extremely informative, and fun, and it's fantastic working with Katie, our instructor.
Time is flying by, and we'll be writing the Divemaster exams soon!
The first video is to show you guys how you'll be starting your day as a Divemaster-in-training. We meet at the equipment house (DS1) and we all get our dive equipment together. I have my own fins, mask and snorkel, so each morning I get a dive bag, bcd, regulator, and weight belt. The weights that we for boat dives are already on the boat. We pretty much use the same regs and bcd all the time. Two people are always assigned to share equipment duty each morning. I've already taken a turn and my turn should be coming up again.
The other videos are of another 'snorkel test.' John and Clay are our newly certified Divemasters, and they had to drink from the snorkel. J think John chose a margarita, and I'm not sure what Clay chose. Blake and I are the last DMs-in-training, so we'll be doing the 'snorkel test' soon :)
Sarah and Olga, both from Germany, joined us today for another fabulous day of diving. Dove Cedral and Delilah, and saw some sharks, rays, eels, and a couple of turtles. That sunset was a particularly lovely way to end the dive day :):)