Want to take your basic-life-support skills to a higher level and be able to give a non-breathing, unresponsive casualty an increased chance of survival?

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are becoming widely available for use in an emergency in public places and during this course you will gain the confidence to use one.

After this course you would be able to confidently use an AED unit on a dive trip in an emergency. You can also use the skills learnt on this course in the wider community as well as in your dive club. Highly recommended. 

- Dave Parry, Chester SAC

The AED course gives divers the skills and confidence to use an AED in the event of an emergency. The course is open to all members aged 12 or more, with up-to-date basic life support skills. This could be from Sport Diver training or attendance at a BSAC Oxygen Adminisration SDC. All divers are encouraged to take this course.

The two-and-a-half-hour course explains what an AED is and gives you experience using an AED in a training environment. Through a structured range of scenarios, you will receive plenty of hands-on practice of when and how to use an AED.

Practical sessions are supported by theory sessions on the heart and its rhythms, choosing and using AED machine, and safety procedures specific to using an AED in diving situations. This is a continually assessed course during which students must reach the required performance standards.

You will learn how to use an AED in accordance with Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines. You will be qualified to use an AED in diving environments. If you are at the scene of an emergency in a public place, such as an airport or station, you will have skills to be able to use an AED if one is available.

You could do this course at a regional event or local club. Not all clubs run AED courses, so please check if you are interested.

Alternatively, book your place on a scheduled AED course online now.

Not a BSAC member? You can do this course by joining BSAC directly or joining via a local club. Find a club.

Students will be given a pack of supporting learning materials. This is a dry course and it’s best to wear comfy clothing for the practical sessions.

Your next steps – developing your skills

After this course you could further your training by doing other Skill Development Courses (SDCs).

You could further your safety and rescue training by completing the following SDCs.

If you are already a Sports Diver you could sign up for BSAC’s Instructor Foundation Course (IFC) to become an Assistant Diving Instructor, or develop your existing skills as an Open Water Instructor, or above, to become an AED course instructor.

Or you could progress with your diver grade training.

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