Diving enjoys safety record better then many other sports and adventure activities but common sense tells you that when you're under and in water, you face hazards and risks. The guidelines and procedures you learn in the course help you minimize and control ( but never completely eliminate ) these risks, and you'll find that if you and your buddy dive within your limitations, plan your dives and follow safe diving practices, you'll avoid problem situations. Keeping yourself physically fit and maintaining your dive skills also play important parts in problem prevention.

Nonetheless, if a problem arise, you'll want to be able to care for yourself and lend assistance to another diver. Thos section introduces you to some of the basic concepts of dive problem management. In this selection you'll learn how to prevent and respond to problems such as how to recognize when a diver needs assistance. How to assist another diver, how to respond to problems underwater and the basic procedures for emergencies with an unconscious diver.

Keep in mind, though, that if you plan to dive where secondary assistance(paramedic, lifeguard, dive master or instructor) is wither remote ( by time, distance or both) or completely unavailable, you should have additional training beyond this course in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and diver rescue. CPR and first aid training provide skills that can help others no matter where you are.making them worth having apart from diving. The Emergency First Response course offered by PADI trains you in CPR and first aid emergency care. Emergency First Response is available through PADI Instructors, Dive Centers and Resorts

To learn how to handle the specific and potentially complex problems unique to diving, plan to complete the PADI Rescue Diver course. The Rescue Diver course makes you a more capable diver by expanding and refining your problem prevention, management and handling skills. Although it covers a serious subject, and it is challenging, most divers cite the Rescue Diver course as one other most rewarding courses they've taken

But for now as a diver, you need to problem prevention and be prepared with em, contact information: phone numbers fro, local paramedics and police, radio for Coast Guard, contact information for are, diver emergency services like the Divers Alter Network (DAN) and the Diving Emergency Service (DES). 

In areas that lack diver emergency services, have the number and contact information for the nearest recompression chamber and emergency medical services. change, a phone card, a mobile telephone, or whatever is appropriate so you can contact in an emergency. Your instructor will give emergency contact information specific to the, area where you'll be diving.

Considering that you scuba dive underwater, it may seem odd that the majority of diver distress situations take place at that lace, but that's exactly what happens. You control or prevent surface problems by within your limitations, by relaxing while , dive and by establishing and maintaining! dive buoyancy when you're on the surface.