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The Rescue SCUBA Diver course (RSDC) is a continuing education certification course that trains divers in the knowledge and skills needed to manage risks and effectively handle limited in-water problems and diving emergencies.
The RSDC prepares divers to effectively recognize and prevent foreseeable emergencies, to manage basic emergency events when they do occur, to effectively provide search and rescue/recovery capabilities within limitations, and to provide aid to victims of in-water emergencies.
This course is a 40 hour block of instruction program.
The minimum age for this course is:
The minimum prerequisites for this course are:
Students must supply their own equipment, and all equipment must meet safety requirements.
The RSD Course includes training on diver assists, pushes, tows, and transport of unconscious divers, surface swimmer rescues and rescues from depth involving both boat- and shore-based skin and scuba dives, search and recovery, panic prevention, stress, and the psychology of panic, in-water and out-of-water first aid, rescue breathing, and CPR, and much more, and both confined-water training, as well as a minimum of 3 open-water dives.
Note: Adult CPR training (approximately four hours) meets the required prerequisite for enrollment in the Rescue SCUBA Diver Course. 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.
This course meets the prerequisite rescue training for NAUI Skin Diving Instructor, NAUI Assistant Instructor, NAUI Divemaster, and NAUI Instructor certifications.
Course graduates will receive a lifetime internationally recognized Rescue SCUBA Diver certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), and will be considered competent to perform assists and rescues in open water provided the diving site and diving situations approximate those of the course.
Course cost includes:
Does not include:
To enroll in this course, please download a copy of the Medical Questionnaire below, follow the instructions, and sign. Then fill out the RSDC Enrollment Form below. Please answer the questions in the form and send it, and we will get back to you as soon as able.
Pinnacle Diving Company is a fully authorize NAUI VA Testing Center. This means that eligible service members, veterans, and dependents can use their VA benefits for this course.
Please download this form (fillable PDF) and read the information and instructions carefully.
Fill in pages 1 and 2, and date and sign where indicated.
If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, DON'T WORRY! This may not mean you won't be able to train and get certified, but it does mean you will need to see your doctor (preferably a doctor familiar with dive medicine), and have them evaluate those answers.
Page 3 is for your doctor should you need to see one.
Do NOT use a US Government computer or email address to fill out this form! It will get flagged and filtered in the government system and will not go through! Please use a personal computer or smart phone, and a personal email address for all contact forms on our website. Thank you.
PLEASE FILL IN THE INFORMATION BELOW, AND A STAFF MEMBER WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS ABLE TO DISCUSS COURSE DATES AND ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE
*Please be sure to download and fill out the medical waiver on the course page. You can either fill it out and sign it digitally and include it in this email, or print it, fill it out and sign it, and bring it with you on your first day of the course.
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