Diver encapsulation includes the utilization of a drysuit and full face mask to help keep a barrier between divers and their environment. As public safety responders, we always assume the water we dive is contaminated. Additionally, public safety divers are sometimes asked to dive in potable water supplies in which case the diver would be the contaminant–encapsulation diving protects the water supply. Encapsulation diving is also used in harsh environments like ice diving.
Dry suit Diving is Dive Rescue International’s renowned two day (16 hour) training program for certified divers and surface support personnel. One of the first steps to preparing for contaminated water or ice diving is learning how to dive in a dry suit. This program is conducted in a classroom, pool, and an openwater site to allow students to practice their new skills in controlled environments before field scenarios begin. The objectives of the Dry suit Diving program are: to develop the student’s knowledge of dry suits, types of dry suits available, and their maintenance; to develop the student’s ability to perform effectively in a dry suit; and to enable the student to plan, organize and conduct safe operational dives. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation, passing a final written exam and completing in-water skills. After completing the Full Face Mask training program, Public Safety Divers shall be able to select, inspect, prepare, don and safely dive with a Full Face Diving Mask in an Open Water setting representative of their jurisdiction. Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
REASONS FOR DIVING IN A DRY SUIT
HISTORY OF DRY SUITS
CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF DRY SUITS
PROPER USE OF DRY SUITS
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.
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).