Our Mission Statement


The National Association of Rescue Divers was founded  in 1985. Our goal is to help organize highly trained Water Rescue Provider Services for the community. Individuals involved in prehospital care are personnel with special skills, and knowledge in emergency medicine. They are concerned with the health, and well being of others. Today the leaders of our emergency departments are turning their interest to the water, keeping in mind that it is common for beliefs to change with new data, and new research, to depose old firmly held concepts. It is through their painstaking attention to the promoting of safety and well being of others, which has about this surge towards water rescue work.

People involved in rescue work must be capable of prompt, and efficient response to an emergency scene, then rapidly gain control, by managing bystanders, and removing victims from hazard. Rescuers represent the victim's best interest, never letting others compromise patient care. Rescuers stabilize the victim before transport, and ensure continuing care to the hospital. With this in mind, department heads are seeing that a sport diver, with sport diving rescue skills are different, from the skills needed in EMS water rescue work. Fire chiefs and EMS directors are now looking for more in-depth skills and training, to meet a more serious need.

Water rescuers are inevitably called to dive under the worst of conditions. Before any team is organized the department must assess the needs of their area of operation, including terrain, boating traffic, and year round weather. Poorly trained and equipped dive teams will suffer from public ridicule when they fail to perform. Dive team members must keep in mind that the macho attitudes of earlier water rescue teams have no place in our modern EMS system.


Rescue Divers Should:

Learn to use the water, not conquer it. Professional attitudes towards equipment and year round training, under all types of conditions, day or night, may mean the difference between saving a life, or losing one.

All divers must be aware of his surroundings and cohorts at all times.

Education and in water practice drills must be on going. Knowing the water, and the area you are working in, increases confidence, which when stress levels are high, give an added edge.

The rescue diver, over all other rescue personnel, must have a high degree of confidence. Rescuers are placing themselves in situations where they are without voice communication, with a limited air supply, under highly stressful, and sometimes adverse conditions.

The ability to act, not react, by reason and careful assessment,  thereby responding correctly to the emergency is a fundamental requirement. The rescue diver must have complete faith in his abilities, equipment, and the abilities of the other team members, and leadership.

Training and experience builds confidence.

The dive team must meet regularly and establish procedures that will provide maximum assurance that every dive will be safe and efficient.

Rescue work is hard and demanding, requiring a strong will. Always remember there is no achievement without struggle and triumph.

In rescue work there are no hard rules, because all situations are different and unique to that one moment, you must be able to adapt, overcome and improvise.

Remember that all techniques may not work all the time, it is up to you to know when to use them. Using your knowledge, your skill, and those of your companions so others may live.

No one knows everything and only a fool believes he has the answer.

Remember that a Rescue Team is just that a TEAM. It all starts with you. You can only give what you have to give. You are the only you. You will always be the second best anyone else.

Consider the best way to help. STOP AND THINK. Never rush into the water after someone without first ascertaining the best course of action. Utilize the least hazardous technique to the rescuer, this incorporates knowing your skills as well as your limitations.

Above All Be part of the Solution Not the Problem

We are devoted to education. Education should be the process of helping everyone discover his uniqueness. It is teaching a person how to develop that uniqueness, and then showing him how to use it. Most forms of education are really trying to make everybody the same as everybody else, and one soon learns that the ability to conform governs success. We believe that one should teach what he knows, then say, "Take what I have taught you and find something new, then come back and teach me." This is education.

We want to instill in you a chance to learn something new. At anytime you have a better idea or wish to try something new, do it, test it, so that we all may learn. Send it to us so that all may benefit. Remember what you know may save a life.

The day of the knight in shining armor and the lone gunfighter has gone away. Today's hero is a member of a team, not a solitary warrior. Whether he is a fireman, astronaut or Nobel Prize winner, he does not work alone. In our technological age, heroic deeds usually require back up. They require a new type of hero, one who combines the independence of the traditional hero, with an ability to function smoothly in the modern world of technology and bureaucracies.

We all like to think we make rational decisions, responding logically to the facts, statistics, and situations we encounter, but in reality that does not always happen. A lot of decisions, especially in an emergency, are made on the basis of pure gut instinct, and it is only after the fact that we round up enough evidence to support our decision and make it look logical. Good emergency personnel will time after time, solve problems correctly with little information. That is the key to intuitive thinking - being able to visualize the big picture when all you have is a few of the pieces then acting without second guessing. Getting the big picture can only be done by having quality continuing training and up to date information.

Remember Our Motto:
"We work in the classroom for knowledge, train in the pool to develop skill, then put it all together in the open water, and above all we always expect the unexpected."

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