Day #1 involved a lengthy checkout dive, and an even longer First Aid/CPR/Automated External Defibrillator/Emergency Oxygen Administration class. Today we did another orientation dive, a really great navigation dive, and lectures on dive planning, decompression sickness, the history of AAUS, and rescue diving. Tomorrow we will practice rescue diving skills in the water! Divers are always so impressed with themselves when they are able to rescue a diver and carry them safely to shore. I'm excited!
I only teach Scientific Diver class about 2 times a year, but it is one of my favorite parts of my job. I get to introduce new divers to the world of doing science underwater. These divers go from being underwater visitors to underwater explorers and observers, it is magical transition. It is truly a unique experience to finally reach a level of comfort in the water that lets you be a scientist and a safe diver. I love the moment when new scientific divers exclaim "I'm so much better at this than the first time!"