Diving Emergency Management Provider Program Held in Albemarle County
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - As summer approaches, more people are getting into the water. Some divers in Charlottesville and Albemarle are making sure they are trained for any emergency situation wet, or dry.
On Sunday, divers learned about the steps they can take in an emergency. While in some classes, CPR is taught, that integrated course brought up problems that could happen out at sea, where EMT’s may not be able to get to you quickly.
“So this goes a little further than say standard CPR basics of a life support class,” said Peyton Williams, master instructor.
The Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) course teaches divers different ways to be safe in the water.
“Learning these dive emergency management skills, it’s actually more important than just diving. It’s kind of like having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it. You want to have it but you hope you never have to use it,” said Darwin Operario, a student in DEMP course.
In addition to basic life support, attendees who gathered at Dive Connections in Albemarle County also practiced skills like providing oxygen and handling hazardous marine life injuries.
“We have a number of people who are going out and diving, and if you go out diving someplace you may or may not have somebody who knows what to do if there’s an emergency,” said Williams.
Williams, who has been teaching a similar course for more than a decade, said his work is not totally selfless.
“Get trained at the very minimum in CPR and First Aid. I have a vested interest in this, I’m getting older, and if I collapse someplace I’m not quite ready to give up the ghost. I want somebody there who can at least try to save me and give me a chance, but if nobody’s around to give me a chance I’m gone,” said Williams.
Williams plans to teach other DEMP classes and similar courses soon.