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TDI Instructor Trainer
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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a couple of spaces on scheduled courses;

13th - 15th April (this weekend) - Adv EAN and Deco Procs - NDAC

24th April - Advanced Buoyancy - Wraysbury

27th - 29th April - Adv EAN and Deco Procs - Weymouth

5th/6th May and 9th/10th June - Trimix - Weymouth

12th - 14th May - Technical Rescue - NDAC

18th - 20th May - Adv EAN and Deco Procs - Weymouth

21st/22nd May - Basic and Advanced Nitrox - Wraysbury

19th - 21st June - Technical Rescue - Stoney

12th - 15th July - Trimix - Weymouth

I have other spare dates as well so if you are interested in a course just let me know and we can try and accomodate you.

TDI Instructor Trainer
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·

Do you have a course plan or syllabus we could look at for the technical rescue course?

Here are some more details;

1. Technical Rescue Diver Course

1.1 Introduction
The technical rescue diver course is designed to develop the knowledge and necessary skills for an individual to effectively perform diver rescues for technical dives involving stage decompression, multiple breathing mixtures and rich Nitrox mixes. The course also covers accident management for technical diving incidents. The course also covers rescue skills required for support divers involved in technical diving projects as well as for rescue divers supporting technical training courses.

1.5 Student Pre-Requisites
1. Minimum age eighteen (18).
2. Current CPR and Oxygen certification.
3. Advanced Diver certification or forty (40) logged Open Water dives.

1.6 Course Structure And Duration
Instructors are required to teach and evaluate all the following skills;

1. Identify problems and situations which may result in a rescue situation. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate and mitigate relevant risks.
2. Demonstrate an ability to perform self rescue.
3. Assist a diver during an emergency situation.
4. Lift an unconscious diver to the surface from approximately 21 (21) msw / sixty six (66) fsw.
5. Upon surfacing, transport the unconscious diver fifty (50) meter / one hundred and fifty (150) feet to shore or boat.
6. Once reaching the shore or boat, with the assistance of one (1) aid, removing the diver from the water.
7. Ability to manage a technical diving rescue and evacuation.

1.8 Required Equipment
Technical diving equipment as required for the highest level technical diving certificate held by the candidate.

1.9 Required Subject Areas
The SDI Rescue Diver manual is available for this course. Instructors may use any additional text or materials that they feel help present these topics. The following topics must be covered during this course:
Instructors are required to cover all the following topics:
1. Prevention and causes of diving accidents
A. Stress and psychological factors i.e. the panic syndrome in self and others.
B. Physical conditioning.
C. Mental conditioning
D. Equipment.
E. Surface drowning syndrome.
F. Planning
G. Team diving practices

2. Diving lifesaving
A. Self rescue.
B. Diver assists.
C. Surface and underwater rescues.
D. Types of transports.
E. In-water artificial respiration.
F. Boat and shore exit techniques.
G. Diver First Aid.
H. O2 administration.
I. Rebreather rescue.

3. Decompression Illness (DCI)
A. Decompression sickness
B. Arterial Gas Embolism
C. Vestibular Decompression Sickness

4. CNS Oxygen Toxicity
A. Causes
B. Management of CNS Toxicity underwater
C. Lifting a toxing diver

5. Other diving risks
A. Hypoxia
B. CO/CO2 poisoning
C. Medical conditions

6. Hyperbaric injuries and management
A. Missed decompression
B. In Water Recompression
C. 5 minute neurological check
D. Information collection.
E. Access to hyperbaric chambers.

7. Accident management
A. Access to emergency transport/assistance.
B. Emergency evacuations
C. Accident reporting.
D. Liability and related legal considerations.
E. Dealing with the press

1.10 Required Skill Performance And Graduation Requirements
The student must complete the following skills during wreck dives. All dives should be conducted with a maximum depth no deeper than the certified student’s capabilities.

Land Drills
1. Properly analyze all gas mixtures to be used.
2. Carry out risk assessment for site/dive.
3. Simulate a diver lift of an open circuit and rebreather diver
4. Identify a suspected case of DCI.
5. Carry out a 5 minute neurological check and record findings
6. Manage a simulated emergency evacuation
7. Demonstrate adequate pre-dive planning
A. Limits based on personal and team gas consumption.
B. Limits based on oxygen exposures at planned depths for actual mixes.
C. Limits based on nitrogen absorption at planned depths for actual mixes.
D. Limits based on the conditions of the site on the day

Pre-dive Drills
1. Use START* before every dive
2. Stress analysis and mitigation

In-water Drills
1. Demonstrate buoyancy control (ability to hover at fixed position in water column without moving hands or feet)
2. Show good awareness of buddy and other team members through communications, proximity and team oriented dive practices
3. Demonstrate ability to confirm gas switches at depth with buddy/team members
4. Swap decompression cylinder from one diver to another whilst maintaining decompression stop
5. Deploy Out Of Gas marker buoy
6. Deploy DSMB/lift bag while breathing from buddy’s long hose
7. Demonstrate controlled ascent while breathing from buddy’s long hose. Ascent to include at least three stops with a gas switch to stage bottle at the last stop.
8. Demonstrate controlled ascent with one member of the team without a mask, ascent to include at least two stops and a gas switch
9. Demonstrate controlled ascent with a diver simulating vestibular DCS including at least two stops and a gas switch
10. Demonstrate controlled ascent with a simulated toxing diver including at least two stops and a gas switch
11. Surface tow of fully kitted diver for 50m and gear removal in water too deep to stand
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