Rescue

Can’t move my legs. Was I really tied up by my family, as I wrote in the last blog – trying to work on my quarantine ‘inner peace’?

Not exactly. Lulu does the Workout Woman app and I got sick of doing nothing – so I joined in with her. We did squats as we watched telly, hip thrusts and leg kicks in the galley. It was a ton of fun.

Twenty-four hours later, I’m hobbling. Lu is moving around normally. We did another workout again today – even though my squatting is about seventy degrees less than yesterday. Lu went all the way like nothing happened. Seriously?

Even though I can’t bend down without needing to oil my knees, I do feel good for it. It was really nice to do it with Lu. Plus, with all that swimming, diving and doing normal stuff on Quest, I thought I’d at least be fitter than when I live in a house. Except it’s going to be another week before I can open a locker under the floor without making a whining sound. Turns out those ladies who do funny-looking aerobic classes on land are in their own class of bad-ass. Respect to them.

Lu and I have also been doing the theory for our dive course, the PADI Rescue Diver. Finally – since Jack bought the course for us a year ago, before we even left for Quest. We’ve blamed it on doing school, a hectic lockdown – that sort of thing.

Delph has started the big, Junior Open Water course with Jack. We hear them laughing riotously in the front cabin when Jack gets one of the questions wrong. The dive instructor – getting things wrong? Delph reserves her gut laughs especially for these moments.

We’ve been doing about a section of the dive courses each day, which equates to around an hour’s worth of time. We’re hoping now to take the final exams on Sunday – and to start the training dives in the coming weeks.

For Delph, she’s done most of the requisite dives already, if by simple, unpressurised practice. Jack will take her through the official dives next. He is so excited. It was beyond what he was originally hoping they could achieve together. And they’ve already done much of mask-clearing-type skills in Barbados – in Eaon and Nancy’s pool.

For Lu and I, we’ve got specific rescue dive training exercises to work on. We’ve got to do underwater lifts, surface water tows and demonstrate Basic Life Support. Life support has a definite twist to it when you’re trying to administer in the water. For example, we’ve learned it’s hard to accurately measure for a pulse when you’re swimming with an unresponsive diver to shore, so leave it. You do that on land.

With this, the call for assistance becomes one of the responder’s first steps. In-water rescue can take longer, so calling for help at the beginning can speed rescue up. And can you come quickly? And bring knee oil?

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