Survey: Rescue & First Aid for Scuba Diving Emergencies

Survey: Rescue & First Aid Skills for Scuba Diving Emergencies

(2024) This survey is ONGOING & OPEN TO ALL SCUBA DIVERS

excluding Public Safety Divers & Public Safety Diving Instructors. Thank you!

Your participation in this survey will contribute to a better understanding of the dive industry for everyone's benefit.

How ready are dive professionals and scuba divers to deal with scuba diving emergencies? How frequently do they refresh their skills? Recreational & technical diving.

This survey is part of a series of dive industry studies by InDEPTH Magazine and the Business of Diving Institute, with generous support from DAN Europe, GUE, and Shearwater.

Answers are anonymous, and your participation is greatly appreciated!

Tap 'Start' to participate in this short survey. You must get to 'Finish' for your answers to be recorded.

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Introduction - Questions for All

How long ago did you receive general first aid & CPR training (not specific to scuba diving)?

How long ago did you receive general first aid & CPR training (not specific to scuba diving)?

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How long ago did you receive recreational scuba-specific first aid and rescue training (e.g., a DAN or Rescue Diver course)?

How long ago did you receive recreational scuba-specific first aid and rescue training (e.g., a DAN or Rescue Diver course)?

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When was the last time you took an oxygen provider course for scuba diving?

When was the last time you took an oxygen provider course for scuba diving?

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How 'current' and 'strong' would you assess your own diving rescue skills to be on a scale of 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent)?

How 'current' and 'strong' would you assess your own diving rescue skills to be on a scale of 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent)?

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When doing recreational diving (excluding tech diving) with a dive buddy, how generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting your recreational dive buddy, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

When doing recreational diving (excluding tech diving) with a dive buddy, how generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting your recreational dive buddy, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

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When doing recreational diving (excluding tech diving) with a dive operator (e.g., as a scuba diver on a dive boat), how generally confident are you that the dive professionals supervising the dive are appropriately trained to deal with an emergency rescue situation, on a scale of 1 (not confident at all) to 5 (very confident)?

When doing recreational diving (excluding tech diving) with a dive operator (e.g., as a scuba diver on a dive boat), how generally confident are you that the dive professionals supervising the dive are appropriately trained to deal with an emergency rescue situation, on a scale of 1 (not confident at all) to 5 (very confident)?

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Have you ever been rescued or been involved in a self-rescue?

Have you ever been rescued or been involved in a self-rescue?

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Have you ever witnessed a diving rescue?

Have you ever witnessed a diving rescue?

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Have you ever rescued a diver or participated in a dive rescue?

Have you ever rescued a diver or participated in a dive rescue?

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How often do you practice rescue skills?

How often do you practice rescue skills?

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Have you ever practiced bringing an unconscious diver to the surface outside of a formal (certification) rescue diver course?

Have you ever practiced bringing an unconscious diver to the surface outside of a formal (certification) rescue diver course?

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Are you a tech diving divemaster, instructor, or instructor trainer?*

Are you a tech diving divemaster, instructor, or instructor trainer?*

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Tech Diving Professional
  1. How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a nearby tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)? 
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  1. How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a nearby tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)? 
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Recreational Pro?

Are you a recreational (excluding tech) divemaster, instructor, or instructor trainer?*

Are you a recreational (excluding tech) divemaster, instructor, or instructor trainer?*

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Recreational Diving Professional

How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a nearby tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?*

How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a nearby tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?*

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All Dive Professionals

How long ago did you teach a recreational scuba-specific first aid or rescue training course (e.g., a Rescue Diver course)?

How long ago did you teach a recreational scuba-specific first aid or rescue training course (e.g., a Rescue Diver course)?

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How long ago did you specifically teach a DAN safety or first aid course?

How long ago did you specifically teach a DAN safety or first aid course?

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How long ago did you receive or teach first aid or rescue training specific to tech diving

How long ago did you receive or teach first aid or rescue training specific to tech diving

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Do any of the dive training agencies you are associated with offer a rescue course specific to tech diving?

Do any of the dive training agencies you are associated with offer a rescue course specific to tech diving?

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Do you believe tech diving training agencies (or other organizations like DAN) should offer rescue courses specific to tech diving emergencies (e.g., for recreational divemasters on dive boats used by tech divers)?

Do you believe tech diving training agencies (or other organizations like DAN) should offer rescue courses specific to tech diving emergencies (e.g., for recreational divemasters on dive boats used by tech divers)?

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Tech Diver?

Are you a tech diver (do you do tech diving)?*

Are you a tech diver (do you do tech diving)?*

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Tech Divers

When doing tech diving with a dive operator (e.g., as a tech diver on a dive boat), how generally confident are you that the dive professionals supervising the dive were appropriately trained to deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

When doing tech diving with a dive operator (e.g., as a tech diver on a dive boat), how generally confident are you that the dive professionals supervising the dive were appropriately trained to deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a tech diver, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

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How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a tech diving buddy, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

How generally confident are you that you would be ready to properly deal with an emergency rescue situation affecting a tech diving buddy, on a scale of 1 (not ready at all) to 5 (totally ready)?

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Are you a cave diver (do you do cave diving)?*

Are you a cave diver (do you do cave diving)?*

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Cave Diver

Have you ever practiced bringing an unconscious cave diver to the entrance/surface?

Have you ever practiced bringing an unconscious cave diver to the entrance/surface?

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Wrapping Up

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How often do you believe dive professionals (divemasters, instructors & instructor trainers) should practice and refresh their scuba rescue skills?

How often do you believe dive professionals (divemasters, instructors & instructor trainers) should practice and refresh their scuba rescue skills?

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On a scale of 1 (very unlikely) to 5 (very likely), how likely would you be to take a tech diving-specific rescue course if one were offered?

On a scale of 1 (very unlikely) to 5 (very likely), how likely would you be to take a tech diving-specific rescue course if one were offered?

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How long ago was your first dive?

How long ago was your first dive?

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Please, select the group that includes your year of birth.

Please, select the group that includes your year of birth.

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In which region is your country of residence?

In which region is your country of residence?

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To which gender do you most identify?

To which gender do you most identify?

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