Today we have rescue in the big, choppy ocean. I was a bit nervous to be fair mostly because there’s so much to remember for it! And I didn’t particularly feel like being drowned again a la Tom in the swimming pool.
We started off with doing some under the surface skills like unresponsive diver under the water. I found I remembered a lot more than I thought I was going to, apparently some stuff had sunk in! We then practiced unresponsive diver on the surface where I had to tow Tom a couple of times back to the boat, which by the way in the ocean is hard. I then had to lift Tom up the ladder of the boat with Jaime the captain helping, also not easy. This being a rescuer is hard work!
We had a short break when the other divers came up and after we had to practice some surface skills
But it wasn’t over yet, because as I had predicted, Tom who had been on a dive, came up as an ‘unresponsive diver on the surface’. I was at the time grappling with a weight belt and didn’t even hear Brenda say that we had to go and help him but Julian had gone off after him. By the time I realised Tom had floated off about 30-40 metres from the boat, as I had already rescued Carlos in a similar situation I was kind of hoping I didn’t have to go but off I went. After swimming super far to get to Tom and Julian I then decided that it would be a good idea that I tow them back to the boat whilst Julian did rescue breathing. This turned out to be a terrible idea because I ended up with Julian’s weight belt in my swimming hand whilst dragging two people 40m back to the boat against the strong current
I thought that surely in this sort of situation someone would throw us a buoy but they decided not to so we could probably practice towing or as I like to call it drowning through exhaustion. I actually said that Tom could drown just so I could stop swimming. Next time Julian can tow haha, much better plan! After we got to the boat I ended up with Julian’s weight belt and both Tom and Julian’s inflated BCD’s which made it pretty easy to float and very hard to swim. So I basically floated off whilst shouting “throw me a buoy!” I eventually got one but I had floated too far, basically off to shore, and it didn’t reach me therefore meaning more swimming. So yeah rescue diver, fun but exhausting!
Next time we have to do scenarios in the ocean to finish off the rescue diver. I’ve done the exams so that’s the last thing to do now! Then on to divemaster!