Emergency Assistance Plan
In your PADI Rescue Course you were introduced to the idea of an Emergency Assistance Plan. Now is time to move away from the basic emergency plan and into a detailed, effective and practical plan. When things get rough, thinking might get cloudy, and it is a very good idea to have some thinking already cut out for you.
Here is a very basic template of an E.A.P.
You obviously need more info than this. When things get rough, thinking might get cloudy, and it is a very good idea to have some thinking already cut out for you. Some people/companies include some basic “cheatnotes” with instructions regarding what to do in different eventualities.
In some places, this takes a form of very elaborate and detailed flowcharts, which is definitely a good idea as this sort of layout really helps in quick decision making which is not the easiest thing under pressure.
Here is one more example, with much clearer logical steps embedded into the layout of the EAP:
Now, have a look at these few pics. All these pages are part of a very elaborate EAP which also included maps and directions to nearest hospitals and recompression chambers – not a bad idea if you are the one having to deliver your buddy or your student to a medical facility.
Finally, here is a great Emergency Assistance Plan for Koh Tao, Thailand. Do use it as a base, but rearrange depending on your preference/needs. Personalize it, be creative, be inventive. Nothing wrong with a copy of this plan being stored on your smartphone (as long as you don’t forget to bring it and hopefully charge the batteries)
IMPORTANT NOTE: This last Emergency Assistance Plan is quite old now, and as such, a lot of info is out of date. For example, there is no longer a recompression chamber facility on the island, so there is no point in including this non-info on your EAP. Do verify the contact info, as someone’s life might depend on your accuracy next week. Do your homework, make your plans, and good luck!