Member For 5 Years
The name of the course and the qualification sound more glamorous than they actually are, rescue diver is basically one or two steps from junior instructor and doesn't mean I'm specifically trained for underwater rescue, just that 7nderwater rescue is a big part of the course as its something that's (extremely) good to know if you want to be an instructor.
Called you guys "sharks" in the Navy. You'd pull us out if we got "choked" up in the water. Had roughly 2 weeks with a crash course of combat diver. No, didn't commit to it. Walked away telling the "chief", "sorry just not for me." He chuckled, "be here any time diver."
That was over thirty years or so ago. And no, I never did B.U.D.S. If I had stayed in service would have as part of my advanced training due to going to USNUWC, would have got the Wings & Trident being a s.e.a.l or not.
Again though, years and years ago, would not want to go just run and jump in now. *chuckles* I'd need a good six to nine moths re-training. Not sure I'd be fit even then.