By the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)

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Call or email (Click HERE to Send E-mail to Deep-Six) Deep-Six to express your interest in taking a First Aid/CPR, and/or Oxygen Administration or AED course. The cost is $65 and the textbook is $35. The benefit is great! 845-255-7446 is the number. The minimum class size is 4.

THE NEXT COURSE IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17, 2016 FROM 0930 TO 1730 - 9:30 AM TO 5:30 PM.

     NAUI First Aid can be conducted as a comprehensive course including all the segments (First Aid, CPR, AED, Blood-borne Pathogens and Emergency Oxygen Administration) in a single schedule or each of the segments may be delivered separately to meet specific needs of the students who may only need training in one discipline or another. Certification and recognition materials are delivered in a package with the textbook and are designed to be flexible so that you may name some or all of the qualifications earned. In any case the certification is valid for a two year period after which the student must complete refresher training, and a practical and theoretical exam.

Academic Sessions (Overview)

     The academics are divided into 9 sections containing 18 units. The entire course is taught from 0930 to 1730 with a short break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.

Unit 1: Introduction to the NAUI First Aid Course

Unit 2: Blood-borne Pathogens

Unit 3: Victim Anatomy

Unit 4: Emergency Response and Victim Assessment

Basic Life Support: In this section we explore artificial respiration (or rescue breathing), heart disease, sudden cardiac arrest, and CPR, as well as obstructed airway procedures or foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO).

Unit 5: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Unit 6: Foreign Body Airway Obstruction

Adjunct Life Support (Units 7 and 8 are optional to the First Aid/CPR course)

     Unlike the previous section, this is an equipment-based learning experience. Students will be tasked with manipulating and mastering devices with which they are most likely unfamiliar.

Unit 7: Emergency Oxygen Administration

Unit 8: Automated External Defibrillation

Bleeding and Shock

Unit 9: Bleeding

Unit 10: Shock

Injuries and Wounds

Unit 11: Soft Tissue Injuries

Unit 12: Musculoskeletal Injuries

Medical Emergencies

Unit 13: Poisoning, stings and bites

Unit 14: Other Medical Emergencies

Environmental Emergencies

Unit 15: Burns

Unit 16: Heat and Cold Issues

Unit 17: Water Hazards

Victim Transport

Unit 18: Moving and Transporting Victims

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     Primarily, NAUI's interest in this area of training stems from its traditional requirement that all new member applicants be currently certified in first aid and CPR. For many years this meant that membership growth was dependent to an extent on a third party, i.e., American Red Cross or St. John's Ambulance, etc. That dependence was mitigated by the reciprocity afforded in our agreement with ASHI in 1997. Now ten years later the first aid training market has matured and the NAUI membership has demonstrated its ability to train and certify the general public in first aid. There is also an overarching authority (ILCOR) producing recommendations that address what is legitimate content in first aid courses. This, together with our experience, makes NAUI as legitimate a source for first aid training as any other and in the case of diver specific first aid and aquatic life injuries even more so.

      Is the NAUI first aid certification recognized by anyone? NAUI is the authority that recognizes its certifications as legitimate to meet the requirement for new member applicants to the Association. As to other entities, we have made inquiries regarding recognition and will be continuing to announce them as they come in. However, consider that in some U.S. States the law specifies American Red Cross or American Heart Association certification (AHA has never offered certifications in first aid, only CPR) so there will always be some "officials" who are unwilling to accept a certification unless it is something with which they are personally familiar. To some extent recognition is a function of proliferation so that the more certifications which are in circulation the more familiar and "acceptable" they become. Also please refer to the answer above regarding legitimacy of training. NAUI first aid materials/courses were reviewed by medical, physiological and emergency medical experts and contain all the ILCOR recommendations.

     Who were the experts who reviewed NAUI First Aid?

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