I decided to move the two Rescue Cans that I have from my Suburban over to my dive trailer to keep all of my emergency equipment together in one place. They don’t get used very often, but I would rather have them there and never need them than to need them and not have them.
I also ordered a set of mounting brackets for them so that I can mount them to the wall of the dive trailer to make them easy to get without having to search for them. I will be mounting these right at the back of the trailer so they can be reached quickly in an emergency.
One of the companies that I provided first aid & CPR training for a couple weeks ago is planning a company party later this month at a beach park. They have 2 newly certified lifeguards in-house but they do not have any rescue equipment for them to use, so they contacted me to see if I could give them a list of what they needed to purchase and where they could get it from.
Since I have everything that they will need already in the dive trailer I decided that instead of them purchasing everything for a one-time event, I will bring the trailer over to them and “stand by” in case anything were to happen. They agreed that it was a great idea, and will basically rent me for the day.
This way they will have two lifeguards and a medic on-site along with all of the equipment needed to handle just about any situation.
We never know when an emergency is going to happen, and we all need to be prepared for one at any time. In an emergency situation every second counts, especially in a cardiac emergency.
Along with the First Aid Kit, Trauma Kit, and Dual-Tank Emergency Oxygen Kit that I always have with me in the back of my truck on every dive I have also now added an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) stored in a watertight case to my personal emergency equipment.
In a case of Sudden Cardiac Arrest an AED needs to be applied to the patient as soon as possible for the best outcome for the patient.
For every minute that goes by without the AED delivering it’s life-saving electrical shock to the patients heart in order to get the heart to return to a normal rhythm, the patient looses approximately 10% of their chances of surviving the event. That means that after just 10 minutes the chances of being able to save the patient, and them being able to make a full recovery are very slim.
Unfortunately many of the shore diving sites that we frequently visit are well outside of that precious 10 minute window from advanced emergency medical care, and thats AFTER we finally get the patient back to shore where we can call EMS for help. By having an AED on scene and ready to use as soon as the patient is on shore the patient has a much better chance at surviving the event.
Just as my Trauma Kit and Emergency Oxygen Kit I hope to never have a need to use the new AED, but having it there and ready-to-go gives me greater piece of mind – just in case.
My local dive shop has been recommending the new Nautilus Lifeline divers emergency radio since I started diving with them back in January, so I decided to try it out.
The Lifeline is a self-contained marine VHF radio enclosed in its own watertight case that is capable of being taken down to a depth of 425 feet. It was designed with the recreational diver in mind, but it is so well designed that it can go way beyond the recreational diving limits.
When the diver surfaces, he can open the case, extend the antenna and speak via marine VHF radio to his dive buddy, or the boat. In an emergency he can also use channel 16 to speak with all vessels that are nearby.
But what if the diver still can’t find anyone nearby? He can also activate the “Distress Mode” which sends out a signal with the divers GPS location and an emergency message to every vessel and Coast Guard station within a 4,000 square mile area of the diver for up to 24-hours. It even activates a flashing light in case it’s too dark for the diver to be easily seen.
The Nautilus Lifeline displays the divers exact GPS location as well as other information on the built-in LCD display screen. Besides in an emergency, this is also a good tool to have around for pinpointing that awesome new dive site that you just happened to stumble upon. Now you can see exactly what the GPS location of the dive site is, and even upload it to Google Maps with the computer software provided.
With all the horror stories out there about divers getting left behind by their dive boat by mistake, or divers becoming lost at sea, the peace of mind that this little unit can bring is priceless.
I believe that every diver should have a Nautilus Lifeline with them on every dive. You never know when an accident or emergency is going to happen on a dive. As my mother always told me when I was growing up, “Better to be safe, then sorry”.
This little unit has now become part of my permanent dive gear. I will not dive without one again!
To find out more information, or to purchase the Nautilus Lifeline, check with your local dive shop or visit http://www.nautiluslifeline.com to find a dealer near you.
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