Dive Rescue I in Boynton Beach, FL coming soon!

November 1-3, 2021 is your next chance for Dive Rescue I training in Florida! Register Now to train with a Dive Rescue International Corporate Instructor and the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue squad!

, Dive Rescue I in Boynton Beach, FL coming soon!


Dive Rescue I is the internationally renowned three day (24 hour) training program for certified divers and
surface support personnel. Successful completion of the Dive Rescue I program provides basic methods
and skills necessary for a Public Safety Diver to function safely and effectively at a water accident. From
scene evaluation to incident debriefing, this program covers it all. Diving and surface support personnel learn
to apply the latest techniques in underwater rescue and recovery to prepare them to respond effectively
and safely to water incidents.
This program is presented in the classroom, pool and open-water to allow students to become familiar
with the techniques prior to field scenarios. Successful completion of this program is measured in class
participation (including 2 dives) and an end of program comprehensive test.
Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
• Name the effects of cold-water shock on the body
• Explain the role of hypothermia and mammalian diving reflex in cold-water near-drowning cases
• Prioritize the critical tasks performed on drowning victims
• Identify the importance of establishing a standard of care that is sustained from arrival on scene to
the transfer to higher level medical personnel
• Define the relationship between risk management and providing a measurable level of service
• Distinguish between discretionary time and nondiscretionary time
• Describe the criteria for selecting dive rescue specialists that support your mission
• Identify and define training needs of the individual dive rescue specialist and training needs of the
dive rescue team
• Specify the importance of equipment standardization for safety, maintenance and serviceability
• Establish the need to purchase safe and updated equipment
Identify and define the utility of the basic search patterns executed in class
Explain the criteria for the selection and execution of search patterns
Illustrate the importance of using required equipment
Review the need for following the NFPA Guidelines
Elaborate on situations that call for shore based and boat based search patterns
Compare and contrast the safety protocols for executing with one diver vs. two divers
• Explain the terms Risk/Benefit Factor, Rescue Mode, and Recovery Mode
• Identify the components of preplanning
• Describe the procedure for creating a last-scene-point
• Discuss interview techniques and witness follow-up
• Describe the techniques used if no witnesses are available
Describe the criteria that determine a missions mode of operation as rescue or recovery
Clarify the procedure used by diver and tender when the body is located
Review the process of resuscitation
Explain the conditions affecting body refloat
• Explain the objectives of a family liaison
• Identify the need to communicate operational priorities to the family
• Describe the process of building a relationship with the media and other agencies
Identify hazards specific to vehicle-accidents-in-water and describe the precautions divers use
Describe the techniques for handling vehicles as evidence
Identify differences between handling vehicles in rescue and recovery mode
Keeping an emphasis on safety, explain the procedures used when extricating vehicles and victims
Explain post dive considerations for vehicle-in-water missions
Upon completion of this program, including in-water work, personnel address several NFPA standards set
forth for the Technician Level. Surface Support personnel who complete this program address the NFPA
standards set forth for the Awareness and Operations Level.
All students must bring: US Coast Guard approved P.F.D. with knife and whistle, adequate clothing and
protection from the environment and pen and paper for note-taking and sketching. Diving students must
provide their own equipment: Scuba regulator: recently serviced and environmentally protected with
alternate air source (i.e.: octopus, Air II, etc.), timing device, depth and submersible pressure gauges, BC
with oral/power inflator, two tanks with current Hydro & VIP, mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt and two cutting
tools (knife, wire cutters, or trauma shears.)
All students must be a member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years of age. Students must
read and complete a RSTC medical statement prior to attending class. Any diver answering yes to any
contraindication must have the form signed by a physician. Diving students must have proof of open water
This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate
after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET
(Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult
their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program
as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Trainer Introduction and Background, Student Introductions, History of
Dive Rescue International
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Drowning and PSD Fatality Lecture
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Dive Team Organization & Management Lecture
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Search Pattern and Scene Evaluation Lecture
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Pool Skills and Exercises
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Victim Retrieval Lecture
8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Service to Family, Media, & Other Agencies Lecture
9:50 – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Vehicle Accidents Lecture
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Underwater Investigation Lecture
12:00 – 1:00 p.m Lunch
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open Water Briefing and Skills Development
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Open Water Scenarios
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Review Open Water Scenarios
2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Review for Final Exam
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Final Exam
4:30 – 4:50 p.m. Review Exam Results
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Silent Presentation
Schedule is subject to change

2 Comments on “Dive Rescue I in Boynton Beach, FL coming soon!”

    1. Mike Reeves

      The classes in Boynton Beach have already passed, but there are plenty of training opportunities coming up. Check the training map / schedule on the website!

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