SSI React Right
CPR/AED, First Aid, Oxygen Provider
- At this time, the minimum age for participation is 15.
- You must have an active SSI Diver Training Record on file at the dive shop. If you don’t, one can be started for you. You must have a current SSI 1) Statement of Understanding, 2) Privacy Statement, 3) Medical History form, 4) Waiver and Release of Liability, and 5) Risk Awareness Verification (both videos). If you do not, please update them before the first class session.
On completion of this non-diving specialty course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate the knowledge and training to act as a first responder and provide first aid and CPR, administer oxygen and/or provide Automated External Defibrillation (AED) support in the event of a medical emergency, until EMS personnel arrive.
- recognize and respond to scuba-related first aid situations and avoid inappropriate actions that could make a victim’s condition worse.
- describe an approach to individuals needing first aid, CPR, use of an AED, and oxygen.
- demonstrate CPR, AED, and O2-administration skills by SSI standards.
- On successful completion of the course, you will be certified by SSI as having successfully completed React Right training, and have a digital certification card.
- This certification meets the SSI prerequisite for Diver Stress and Rescue, as well as all other SSI advanced training. It qualifies you to act as a first responder in medical emergencies similar to your training.
- Your certification expires 2 years after the issuing date. It can be renewed by participating in a React Right Update program (review of training materials, skills check).
How the Course Works
- The course, including your at-home study of the online React Right training materials and 2 class sessions should take 8-12 hours, total. There are no pool sessions, and you don’t need to bring scuba equipment with you for the class sessions. Plan on the class sessions going from 6pm to 10pm both nights.
- When you sign up, you’ll be given access to the online training materials at the SSI website, and a book will be ordered for you. The course fee also includes a mouth-to-mouth barrier, and a pocket mask for you to keep.
- Please complete all sections of the online course, including the online review questions, prior to the first class session. Set aside several hours to do this – it’s a lot of material.
- Each class session will begin with a short written quiz (open book) that you will then discuss with a classmate, and the whole group. There will be a question and answer session, followed by a review of key points of the training materials (as related to scuba), and some problem-solving scenarios to work through with classmates and the whole group.
- You will have hands-on training with chest compressions, airway management in CPR, use of an AED, and oxygen administration to a conscious diver.
- There's a written final exam, which you have to pass with a minimum score of 80%, and skill assessments for CPR (with and without AED) and O2 use.
- The course materials and discussions will present options for how you might go about assembling your personal basic or advanced diver first aid kit. Having a personal first aid kit is optional for recreational divers, and a requirement for SSI dive professionals.