Sunday, 2 September 2012


Although a little late, I thought that I should do a brief write up of my SDI RescuEAN instructor course with Mark Powell. 

So what is RescuEAN?  The RescuEAN Pod is a life-saving product that delivers Nitrox & decompression gas O2 mixes safely in a constant flow to an injured diver in accordance with the standards of current best clinical practice. It can be used for both conscious and unconscious casualties, as well as those individuals who deteriorate into Cardiac Arrest and require resuscitation prior to the arrival of the Emergency Medical Services.

It all started in early June following discussions with Martin Kerley of RescuEAN and Stephen Phillips of SDITDI UK who recommended Mark as an Instructor Trainer of this SDI specialty (and many other SDI and TDI courses).  Now I could introduce Mark however his reputation speaks for itself as one of the leading instructor and instructor trainers in the UK.

After many emails trying to agree a date and a location we agreed on TekCamp as we would both be attending.  I was sent the training materials to study and looked forward to TekCamp (my report can be found here).  TekCamp came and the days soon passed by and before I knew it there was only one day left so on the Thursday night we did the crossover.

Mark started by explaining how to run the course and how it can be incorporated into other SDI programs including CPROX and CPR1st Administrator courses.  I then gave one theory and one practical lesson chosen at random.

The theory lesson Mark chose was the component parts of the pod and as expected, Mark had his assessment slates with him.  I’ve always been very self-critical and giving a lesson in front of someone as knowledgeable as Mark didn’t help ease my nerves but the lesson went fine.  I then moved onto the practical lesson which was pod set up and use (available as a pdf download here).  To help me with the lesson I had brought over my training o2 kit which contained a variety of masks; the pocket mask, the re-breather mask and the bag valve mask.  I also had a cylinder and regulator set with me.  Again the lesson went fine.

Afterwards Mark gave me some useful hints and tips and that was that, course done.  Without trying to take business away from myself, I can’t express how knowledgeable Mark is and how good an instructor he is.  Hopefully in 10 years I can be where he is in terms of recognition and ability.

Since doing the course I am now a dealer in RescuEAN pods.  RescuEAN's price list is here, and I will always price match any genuine price however a deal can always be done, especially if you want to do the SDI specialty.

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Safe diving!

Timothy Gort
BSAC, PADI & SDI/TDI diver training
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