As long as I'm in the UK at the time, I'm happy to help where I can.
After yesterday's Stoney 'scramble' to get RDs in the water (and later, 'any divers'), I feel obliged to give back that which has helped me stay sane and safe over the years.
NB: After watching the Stoney guys and gals scramble for the shout yesterday, you can only admire and respect in awe the way and the speed with which they 'get to it'!! En masse and quick as anything - paddles, CPR kit, the whole nine yards - it is NOT down to Stoney's repsonse that this poor girl didn't make it!!! I can NOT emphasise that enough!!
I'd be happy to throw in my pennies worth if i can be of any help, i'm a BSAC sports diver, assistant instructor and search & recovery diver. Even if i can help as a body i'm sure i will take something away from the course.
As a relatively new PADI diver I have been taught no rescue skills at all.
I would definitely be interested in learning some rescue skills.
I also need to update my first aid, it's well out of date. Does anyone know of a course being run in Berkshire?
Also if there are not enough people to put together a YD RD course, how about we get together and negotiate to do an official course one weekend?
<font color='#0000FF'>I'm booked in with Chardy (YD'r) for my RD and EANx when I get back from Sweden hopefully.
From looking at the happenings over the weekend, it is obvious to me that you have a responsibility to both yourself and those you dive with to "at least" be able to help other divers get to the surface at a minimuml, should the need ever arise.
Just a thought... if there was enough interest we could have another YD get together somewhere like Wastwater or Crap n Rainy and go over this stuff then. At Wast there's a Youth Hostel (I'll be there this weekend) which is cheap accomodation, there's a couple of pubs nearby which also do (slightly more expensive) accomodation as well as food obviously.
The Youth hostel has rooms which could be used to do the lectures, ideally we'd want a small boat to do some 'recovery into a boat' and 'casualty management in confined spaces'
The real sticking points are the resuci-annies and O2 kits , our BSAC region has some but not sure if I could get them for an unofficial course Fills are an issue too as there's nowhere conveniently nearby to get them refilled - It's a fairly long drive to Andy Hayhurst's gaff which would be the obvious first choice
I would be happy to help out (am BSAC AD and OWI) providing I can find out about insurance etc in case some brown stuff hits some rotating blades and someone gets injured as a result of me teaching them.
There is a BSAC club (west cumbria BSAC) in Egremont who do fills if you ring and arrange a meeting time with them - fast compressor too. I have got the details for them - a member of our club has dual membership with west cumbria. It is about a 30 min drive from Wast. We usually take our compressor up there and run it with the YH managers permission - can only use this on club trips though.
Wast would be an excellent venue for this sort of thing as we could run PRM scenarios off the beach right infront of the YHA. Search and recovery exercises would also be....well, interesting!!!!!! The YHA has a large classroom for O2 admin/CPR. The problem would be annies and O2 kits as Steve said. My club has them, I am not able to use them outside though I guess. This may have to be arranged through a dive school or someone professional??
Off topic, but info anyway (Wast was 6C this weekend, the gnomes are still there (more than I remember - had a nice trip down to see them. Good to see someone has put some gnomes at 40m too - hopefully to stop tempting people to go to 46m to see them!)
I'm sure if you contacted the likes of St Andrews ambulance(or English equiv.) they would try and loan you annies and the O2 kits don't actually "need" to be O2 kits, just something to simulate them with 1 "proper" one for demonstration purposes.