The administration of oxygen is a way of increasing the effectiveness of first aid treatment for diving accidents. Being qualified in its use gives you the confidence to treat a diving-related injury either on a boat or on dry land.

O2 Admin consolidates the life support skills taught in BSAC’s Diver Training Programme. I found the course invaluable and now know that I could effectively respond in a real life situation. I’m also keeping my skills up to date and passing them on by teaching the course in my club.

- Carol Wood, iDive (Ipswich SAC)

The Oxygen Administration course is for you if you want to gain skills and experience in rescue techniques and diving first aid. During the course you will get plenty of experience in assessing simulated casualties in different scenarios.

To enrol on the Oxygen Administration course you must already be a minimum of BSAC Ocean Diver (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency). The course may also be open to others at the discretion of the BSAC Safety and Rescue Skills Chief Examiner.

The one-day course includes a mix of theory and practical sessions. You will learn how to give basic life support as a solo rescuer or two-person team, with or without a pocket mask. You will refresh you knowledge of the diving-related injuries burst lung, decompression illness, drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning and shock and find out how they benefit from oxygen first aid.  

Practical skills include casualty assessment and the use of oxygen administration equipment for breathing and non-breathing casualties. The skills practice will be on a manikin.

There is a practical and theory assessment at the end of the course.

You will learn to use oxygen first aid confidently and competently to treat a diver involved in a diving incident.

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

Alternatively, book your place on a scheduled Oxygen Administration 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 Sport 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 Oxygen Administration course instructor.

Or you could progress with your diver grade training.


Not yet a BSAC member?

You can do this course by joining BSAC directly or joining your local club.

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