Mid-Missourians put water skills to test
JEFFERSON CITY —
A group of scuba divers spent part of their weekend at the Jefferson City YMCA to become rescue diver certified.
Jeff Adams owns Scuba Adventure in Jefferson City and he has been instructing for 40 years.
He spent ten years instructing on board cruise ships, and he said his skills were put to use often.
"Probably three to four times every week I had to do a medical response and pull somebody out of the water, do CPR, first aid," Adams said.
The rescue diver certification course teaches previously certified scuba divers how to assist in situations of distress. They learn how to operate an AED - automated external defibrillator - how to do CPR, how to pull people out of the water, and how to administer first-aid.
Student Rick Brown said he hopes he can use these skills anywhere.
"Should be any situation," he said. "You know, the Walmart parking lot, anywhere else. I think it should help anywhere."
The students go through many rescue drills in the pool in order to practice. Brown said execution was much harder than he had expected.
"It gets your adrenaline up a little bit it makes you think about the steps that you have to go through, and hopefully it will get you prepared if you ever have to do it," Brown said.