Team Safety Article – always a good reminder

Every operation has its own set of unique demands and safety precautions, none-the-less there are common precautions pertaining to all operations. When called out the team should notify all related organizations that the Dive Team is activated. This would be organizations such as the EMS, Police, Fire Department, and Coast Guard (as needed). When operating […]

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Winter Training, On the Go in the Cold

As the Temperatures drop, is your Dive Rescue / Recovery Team ready to respond to surface ice or Ice Dive Operations? At Team Lifeguard Systems we provide several extensive options for Winter training including but not limited to; SURFACE ICE RESCUE TECHNICIAN I & II CERTIFICATION COURSE as well as RAPID DEPLOYMENT ICE DIVING RESCUE […]

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Staying Connected to the Diver

We teach teams to put a figure 8 in the com line and attach it to our locking carabiner on our harness just like we would any tether line. We have been doing this for over 30 years and it works well. The com lines we have are used for hundreds of dives annually and […]

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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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