The following is a guideline of procedures for a variety of diver emergencies.
Panicked and or Distressed Diver on the Surface
- If possible, using your boat, approach the diver and throw them a life ring or any other form of flotation device. If the situation dictates and is safe to do so, enter the water and carry a flotation device to the diver.
- Beware, it is common for panicked divers and swimmers to attempt to grab the rescuer in a manner that may threaten both person's lives. Position a flotation device between you and the diver to minimise the risk.
- Always ensure they drop their weight belt and catch bag if they have one.
- Calm the diver while assisting them back to the vessel.
Missing Diver Procedure
- Determine the direction and strength of the current.
- Review the dive plan.
- Note the place last seen.
- Note the time last seen.
- Record any information that may indicate the status of the diver’s air.
- Note the maximum depth planned and reached.
- Estimate the physical condition of the lost diver.
- Estimate the missing diver’s possible actions in an emergency.
- Immediately recall any other divers by either revving the engine in neutral or banging on the side of the boat using a solid object. Be careful not to damage the boat.
- Immediately contact emergency services using your VHF radio on Channel 16 or by telephone.
Unconscious Diver on the Surface
- Bring your boat alongside the victim.
- Use other divers, if possible, to help bring the victim onboard.
- Perform the standard assessments and actions described in your First Aid and CPR course.
- Call DES (Divers Emergency Services)on 0800 4 DES 111 (0800 4337111)