We are honored to be joined today by Naval Expeditionary Combat Command Force Medical Master Chief Dan Ritch. Schep and Dan go deep discussing ways to identify a shallow water blackout, the need for qualified professionals to be ambassadors of conservation, and geek out on their love for “mother” ocean. Dan shares some sea stories from his work as a Navy Diver in the Arctic and stresses the impact of irresponsible tourism on local ecologies.
Dan shares his passion for the sea, mentorship, and explains how he designed his career to keep him in and around the water. Make sure to like and subscribe to the podcast to get first listen to new episodes, and like and subscribe to us on Facebook. If you listen to us in iTunes please leave us a review and subscribe!
Shallow Water blackouts
I would like to thank Master Chief Ritch for appearing on the podcast and taking the time to teach us about shallow water blackouts.US Navy Diver screening calls for subsurface swims in a pool to be conducted in various states of stress, it is important to develop this skill prior to arrival. The threat is real when training in a subsurface environment; be it in a formal training environment or during personal development.
ALWAYS HAVE A LIFEGUARD PRESENT PRIOR TO CONDUCTING SUBSURFACE TRAINING EVOLUTIONS
NEVER TRAIN ALONE, ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN.
We will discuss this topic further on a future podcast, but this is a quick and dirty breakdown of what to look for. If you have specific questions about shallow water blackouts please submit them HERE.
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