Stress and Rescue Specialty Course

An ounce of prevention

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"Be prepared for those unexpected emergencies."

Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur. The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and underwater.

The course runs two - four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. Typically, as a prerequisitee for certification you need to have a valid CPR, First Aid & Oxygen Provider certificate. Guardian Scuba includes this in our course content!

If you want to learn more about DIVER STRESS & RESCUE, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don't want to sign up for the course.

SR manualCourse Content:

What Is Stress?
Stress In Diving:Causes And Prevention
Detecting And Dealing With Stress
Accident Management
Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
Conditions That Complicate Rescues
The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training.


Guardian Scuba offers regularly scheduled Stress & Rescue Courses that consist of your home study material, 6-9 hour academic sessions (including Health Care Provider, CPR and DAN O2 certifications), 2 confined water sessions, 1 shallow open water dive with scenarios and a two tank charter trip with scenarios. This classs is usually conducted with 2 evening academic sessions followed by, 2 confined water (pool) sessions, a bridge dive (local) and a two tank charter boat dive trip.

Cost: $499

The cost includes all course materials, instruction, tanks, air, weights, charter boat fees and certification card. Not included: dive charter crew tips and dive gear. Regulators, Dive Computers and Buoyancy Compensators are available for rent. Mask, Fins, Snorkel and Wetsuit (optional) must be provided by each diver.

Advanced Open Water Students receive a $99 discount