Hood Vents

To help decrease the amount of air a full mask blows into your hood, cut the hood back so it sits 1/4 inch in from where the inside edge of the mask face seal sits on the face. To accomplish this, don the hood with the liner, powder the mask seal, place the mask on […]

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Basic Search and Recovery

The first rule of search and recovery is to determine where the object went down, and start there. This is because in most situations, the object of search, whether, person, gun, boat or motor will be found in a radius equal to the depth of the water from the point it sunk. So if the […]

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Recovery Methods

Recovering objects from the bottom is divided into two divisions, light and heavy. Light objects are those that can be pick up by the recoverer himself. These objects present little hazard. The key to light recovery is that for the added weight. No matter how light the object recovered is the diver must maintain neutral […]

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Victim Retrieval

A pre-established protocol is essential for victim retrieval. When the team is looking for a body, there are many psychological effects on both the rescuer, and the victim’s family. If the team is in the rescue mode, meaning the victim has a chance of being viable. If the team is using a tender, a predetermined […]

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Surface Rescues

Most rescues in which the victim is saved are surface rescues. How the victim is handled, depends on the type of victim he is. There are four basic responses the victim will exhibit, these classify the type of victim. The person will either be rational, passive, panicky, or unconscious. Be aware that the victim can […]

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Lost Team Member

Most dive operations use a predetermined plan for lost contact. As soon as a diver loses his buddy, he proceeds right to the surface. When both buddies do this they should meet at the surface about the same time. When a diver surfaces he must give the ”OK” to the Divemaster, or do nothing. Many […]

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Scene Setup

When first arriving on location every member of the team must be able to quickly survey and analyze the situation, then make sound decisions based upon observations. These actions will be influenced by all preplanning and training done before hand. When sizing up the situation rescuers must know the facts about the scene, understand the […]

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Gases & Gas Laws

Gases Knowledge of how gases behave, or their characteristics requires absolute comprehension by the rescue diver. Keep in mind that the most common gas is air. Compressed air (air under pressure) is utilized by divers to breathe underwater. Oxygen is almost never utilized at depth. There are diving systems that use pure oxygen called CLOSED […]

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In Water Resuscitation

In water resuscitation is providing a victim air while he is being brought to shore, or a boat. It can only be rendered on the surface, by mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-snorkel. The question on in water resuscitation is if it really saves a victim our adds to his problem. Brain death starts to occur in about […]

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Dangers of Marine Life

Dive teams operate in the water environment, and because of this they must understand and respect it. Man can never conquer the ocean, anyone believing he can has no business on a dive rescue team. Only by working with the sea, can one strive to be one with the sea. By comprehending its flow and […]

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