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PADI Oxygen Provider Course


This course is designed to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognise possible dive-related injuries and to provide emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and / or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility.

What are the prerequisites?
There are no training pre-requisites or age limits for this course, although having completed  First Aid and CPR training is recommended.

How long will it take?
2 - 3 Hours

What will I need? (provided as part of the course)
PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Manual
Non-rebreather mask

What will I do?
The course is designed to train and educate the general diving public in the techniques of using oxygen as first aid for a suspected dive injury. In addition, this course will introduce novice divers to the fundamentals of recognising diving injury signs and symptoms, response and management. This program also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced divers and instructors to continue their education.

The course participant must demonstrate skill and confidence while providing emergency oxygen to simulated injured divers by:

1. Assessing the scene and oxygen provider safety
2. Deploying and operating the Oxygen Unit
3. Selecting and preparing the appropriate oxygen mask
4. Operating the Oxygen Unit and using these oxygen delivery devices:

bulletDemand inhalator valve and mask
bulletConstant-flow, non-rebreather mask
bulletOronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet

5. Identification of the main components of the Oxygen Unit

bulletOxygen cylinder and valve
bulletMulti-function regulator
bulletOxygen washer
bulletConstant-flow controller
bulletDemand inhalator valve
bulletOronasal mask
bullet Non-rebreather mask
bulletOronasal resuscitation mask with supplemental oxygen inlet

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