If your action doesn't relieve the situation after one or two tries, start over: stop, breathe, think, act. These four steps may sound as if they take a lot of time in an emergency, but they really only take moments. More importantly, by training yourself to follow them, you avoid blind, instinctive reactions that are often ineffective or make the situation worse. Through practice and training like you receive in this course, and by mentally rehearsing how to respond in various situations, you'll be able to act correctly, decisively and calmly when facing a problem.

Again, your training prior to Rescue Scuba Diver has laid the foundation for proper performance when facing many self rescue situations. For example, you're familiar with establishing buoyancy at the surface by inflating your BCD or ditching your weights. You've developed air way control so you can breathe past small amounts of water in your snorkel or regulator, and you know basic self rescue through cramp releases. Obviously, you'll want to practice these and other self rescue skills periodically to keep them sharp, and as a Rescue Scuba Diver, you should be familiar with some additional self rescue considerations.