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posted : October 31, 2007 Post subject: Rescue Course
Hi, I am just about to embark on my Rescue & EFR Course and I am slightly apprehensive, I have logged 24 Dives in the UK, Thailand & Egypt. I think I am quite a good diver but obviously still have a lot to learn. Does anyone think I am doing it to soon, as soon as I have done it I am going onto my DM course next spring. If anyone can offer any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

posted : November 8, 2007 Post subject: Rescue Course
imho, it's never too soon to learn rescue techniques. not knowing what a DM course actually is (i'm BSAC so am assuming it's something similar to dive leader) i would be tempted to say dive experience is better than badge collecting.
if DM is about leading dives then i would be very hesitant in diving with someone with the comparatively little experience of only 24 dives, esp as i can (and have) log that number of dives in a 1 week trip to egypt.

if all of your dives were in the uk, with typical uk conditions, then you'd have gained more skills than say doing 2 dives in the uk, 12 in egypt and 10 in thailand.

so, my advice would be to get a lot more diving experience, in varied conditions, before even considering the DM option. you need to be in total control of yourself before even considering being responsible for someone else.

as an example, i didn't complete my dive leader qual until i'd logged over 100 dives (90+ in the uk, all drysuited, all cold water, most in viz 0 - 5m) and until i was mentally & skill ready to take a new diver under my control. all peeps are different. but the above was my considered approach. ymmv

posted : November 8, 2007 Post subject: Rescue Course
just done my rescue course and it opens your eyes to safe diving as for the DM if you intend to do it then do it over at least a year so you turn out to be a good DM and not someone who just has the title

posted : November 8, 2007 Post subject: Rescue Course
I cant help but agree with devilgas(im sure he nicked my name ha), it's never to early to learn, i did much the same thing about 10 years ago, 30-40 dives into it i started my rescue course..I loved it, ut's a real eye opener and will fill you with good skills, that will build your diving and self confidence.Find a good school, not just the cheapest as this will make a huge difference

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