Dive Training Series this May in California

Join the Oceanside Fire Department for a three program series this May in Southern California!

Classes may be taken individually or as a series.

Dive Rescue I from May 13-15, Med Dive from May 16-17, and Critical Skills Diver from May 18-19.

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:

BE SURE TO BRING 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.)

PREREQUISITES 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 certification. 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.


Med Dive is Dive Rescue International’s renowned 20-hour training program for certified divers, surface support personnel, EMS professionals, and other medical professionals involved with dive teams. Students learn how to recognize and treat hyperbaric injuries. More importantly, graduates of this program will learn how to prevent injuries and safeguard their teammates. This program includes numerous hands-on practical sessions. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation and an end of program comprehensive test.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
Medical Evaluation of Divers
Decompression Physiology
Pulmonary Barotrauma
Rapid Field Neurological Exam
Field Treatment of Compressed Gas Injuries
Post-diving Considerations
Advanced Treatment Principles

prerequisites All students must be a member of a public safety agency, at least 18 years of age and have current First Aid and CPR training.

Critical Skills Diver is a new course offering from Dive Rescue International which addresses techniques divers use to avoid panic in extreme underwater situations. Students spend a classroom session understanding psychological and physiological realities involved in the stress pathway. This is followed with three pool sessions in which students practice skills, and begin to become inoculated against panic. Diver muscle memory and correct response to stressors are practiced in a controlled and carefully modulated environment.

Key training topics include:

Public Safety Diving Accidents

Stress in Diving: Causes, Signs, symptoms, and Prevention

Panic in Diving: Causes, Signs, symptoms, and Prevention

Stress Inoculation Drills

All public safety divers are encouraged to take this class.



2 Comments on “Dive Training Series this May in California”

  1. I am inquiring as to how to register for the MED DIVE class in Oceanside, CA.

    A am a Full-Time Lifeguard and previous DRI student (PSD and PSD Survival).

    Thank you!

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