Oxygen is the primary emergency first aid in scuba diving, but statistics show that fewer than half of divers in need actually receive it. By taking the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course, you can be sure you are ready to help a fellow diver should the need arise.
“While decompression illness and near-drowning diving accidents are rare, they do occur,” says Drew Richardson, President and Chief Operating Officer, PADI Worldwide. “Yet, only 50 percent of all injured divers receive emergency oxygen in the field. Fewer still receive oxygen concentrations approaching the recommended 100 percent. PADI believes that we must do better than this. Using PADI’s global influence and reach, this specialty course improves the percentage of injured divers receiving appropriate and effective emergency oxygen treatment.”
The one-day PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course has no prerequisites and requires no dives, so it can be taken by divers or non-divers. You’ll learn how to recognize illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen.
Specific Skills Learned
The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course is an entry-level emergency oxygen course that also teaches the recognition of dive illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen. You’ll learn:
- Recognizing diving illnesses treatable by emergency oxygen
- Properly setting up equipment
- Administering emergency oxygen
What You’ll Need
The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual is an important component of PADI’s Emergency Oxygen training program. Before class, you’ll review a step-by-step explanation of when and how to provide emergency oxygen. You’ll also learn about safety considerations, and how to assemble and disassemble emergency oxygen equipment. The care-at-a-glance card is a quick reference guide to pack in your gear bag and review in case of an emergency.
Your Next Adventure
The Emergency First Response course, which covers CPR and first aid, pairs perfectly with the Emergency Oxygen Provider course. You’ll also want to be sure to complete your Rescue Diver and Master Scuba Diver rating to be the best prepared dive buddy around.