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I470 Diver Safety and Rescue (3cr.)


Course Description: 

This course is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill a safety diver role on academic diving projects or during recreational diving activities. Topics include but are not limited to: Supervising Scientific Diving Activities, Risk Management, Emergency Action Plans, Rescue Diving
Skills, Equipment Safety, Emergency First Responder, Oxygen Delivery, and OHSA standards for research diving.   

Course Objectives:

1. To provide a foundation of knowledge and skills relating to the supervision of scientific diving activities.
2. Train in fundamental rescue and life saving techniques, basic first aid and oxygen delivery systems for scuba applications.
3. Develop personal knowledge and skills for research diving related activities.


I371 Advanced Scuba - Research Diver. Students must also complete a Liability form, Statement of Understanding, and a Medical History form (with
additional clearance from physician if warranted).  

Note: Asthma is contradictive to use of scuba and you should not breathe compressed air under water without clearance from a physician.


• This course is not a Rescue Diver or Divemaster certification class, although you will complete many of the requirements towards those certifications.


Anticipated Certifications: 

EFR, DAN 02, Tank Filling Station (HAZMAT), Rescue Diver


Text Books:

Required: PADI Rescue Diver Manual
Required if participating in EFR training: Emergency First Responder - Primary and
Secondary Care manuals.

These book are NOT available at the IU Bookstore or TIS.  They can only be purchased at Southern Indiana Scuba in Bloomington. 
SIS is located at:
6500 South Empire Road
Bloomington, IN 47401


Lab fee of $295 is assessed during registration allows for use of university scuba
equipment, certification processing fees, and additional training books and materials.


Academic Integrity: 

Dishonesty of any kind with respect to course assignments shall
be considered cheating. Plagiarism and cheating of any kind are subject to serious
academic penalties. Offering the work of someone else as one`s own is plagiarism.
(IU Bloomington Faculty Council). Academic and personal misconduct by students in
this class is dealt with according to the procedures in the Code of Student Ethics. All
policies can be found at



 IU Academic Diving Staff