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Practical Rescue Management

Practical Rescue Management
Want to learn how to be an effective manager in a rescue situation?

This one-day course teaches divers how to manage the resources at their disposal in order to make the most effective use of them in a rescue situation. Although the emphasis is on the development of rescue management skills, the course also provides an opportunity for further instruction in personal rescue skills.
This course involves hypothetical scenarios to practice and test your management skills. It helps divers avoid pitfalls that untrained divers can fall into in a rescue situation.

Entry requirement  
This course is open to BSAC Sports Divers or acceptable alternative.

What you’ll learn
The Practical Rescue Management course has a mix of classroom-based and practical lessons, teaching you:

• the rescue process – the nature of accidents, prevention, rescue scenarios and drawing out priorities.
• theory of rescue management including removing casualty to a point of safety, first aid priorities, summoning emergency services and evacuating casualty.
• practical rescue management – open water sessions concentrate on the management of a variety of different scenarios.
• Helicopter operations

Learning materials
Your course pack includes all the learning materials you need for the course. The pack includes: the Practical Rescue Management course manual and a Qualification Card application. The course pack also incudes ‘Safety and Rescue for Divers’

How to do this course...

If you are a member:
You can do the Practical Rescue Management course either at a BSAC Regional Event, at a commercial BSAC Centre or in your BSAC club. Not all clubs run their own Practical Rescue Management courses, please check with your Diving Officer if you are interested.

If you are not a BSAC member:
You can do this course by joining a local BSAC club and training with other club members or through a BSAC Regional Event. Or you could do the course at a BSAC Centre.

Your next steps
After this course you could further your training by doing another Skill Development Courses (SDCs) such as the ones listed below. Or you could progress with a Diver Grade Course.
First Aid for Divers
Lifesaver Award
Lifesaver Award - Advanced 
Automated External Defibrillator

Useful links
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