On Saturday, four trainees headed off to Gildenburgh for some combined Advanced Diver + Advanced Lifesaver (ALS) training. Joli is an advanced lifesaver instructor and an AI so is able to deliver both the advanced diver rescue training as well as ALS.
The skills involved in the two courses are almost identical and so we ran a pilot of running them together. Here’s a summary of what’s required for each qualification and how we combined the two.
In AD training you need to be able to :
* Throw a rope to a casualty
* Rescue a panicking casualty – jumping in and towing them to the side
In ALS, the throw a rope exercise is the same but the jump in and tow requires you to throw a buoyant object to them first.
For the combined event, we just did all three types of surface rescue.
CBL and Tow
In both AD and ALS you need to do a CBL 20m -> 6m and then tow to a boat. The only difference is that AD is 50m and ALS is 100m. We did the 100m tow – if they can do that, then they certainly can do the 50m tow for AD!
The requirements for rescue management, BLS on land, recovery position etc. are all the same in AD and ALS.
This is only a requirement for AD.
There is a theory paper for ALS for First Aid. AD candidates should be able to complete this too as it’s related to common diving injuries and illnesses – most of which are covered in AD lectures though some of it requires having done a First aid course such as First Aid for Divers or a St Johns ambulance course.
How did it work out?
It was a full day. We started at 10am and didn’t finish until 6pm. The goal was for Sile, Lucy and Neil to get their AO1 and AO2 signed off and for Mary to get ALS. We achieved that goal. We also got a bonus of Lucy and Sile also being awarded ALS. This also means that Mary is now an ALS instructor too.
Well done to everyone for their hard work and excellent skills demonstrated. What I’m looking for when I judge Advanced Diver trainees on rescue skills (and Dive leader trainees for that matter) is – would I be happy to be their buddy to 50m and know they could rescue me if I got into trouble? I’m happy to say I would feel safe in their capable hands.