The Rescue Module is a mandatory supplement to ALL Rebreather beginner courses. The module must be taken by ALL students who are considering a rebreather entry course – including those who already have a Certification as a Rescue Diver.

OC (open circuit) students must complete the Rescue Module during their Level II – Extended Range Training. (The Rescue Module is not necessary for the OWND, AND or gas blender course.)

The qualifications of Crossover students from other organizations who enter the IART training program with a higher qualification than Level I should be reviewed to determine whether they have equivalent rescue knowledge. The IART instructor can decide this at his own discretion.

If the instructor decides that the crossover student should complete a rescue training, this should be done before the open water student starts the training. It is not acceptable to integrate a rescue exercise for controlled emergency ascent into the training dives of a Level II or Level III rebreather course. The same applies to a crossover student who wants to complete an OC Trimix course at IART. The practical rescue exercises must be completed before the start of the Level III training

The rescue module consists of the theory part, a simulated unit on CPR in the classroom and the practical exercises in the water.

You will find a Power Point presentation on your instructor USB stick. This is a general presentation that includes all aspects of rescuing an unconscious diver underwater. It covers all topics that affect Open Circuit and also Rebreather divers and is suitable for both.

You should motivate an OC diver to get an awareness and understanding of the rescue(s) of a rebreather diving partner.

The Rescue Theory presentation can be incorporated and integrated into the course schedule of the theory lessons of your course according to your ideas. However, the theory part must be completed before the start of the practical exercises in the water.

CPR Practical Unit:
This unit should be conducted in the classroom during or immediately after watching the theory presentation.

Practical exercises in the water:
The practical exercises in the water must be carried out according to the exercise guidelines specially developed for the course. They will vary depending on the type of course (OC or rebreather) and model of the rebreather.

These exercises can generally be defined as follows:

  • First emergency measures
  • Controlled emergency ascent
  • Ventilation in the water
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