Fall Training Program in Hialeah, Florida during October 2019!

Please join us for the Fall Training Series in Hialeah, Florida in October of this year. Candidates successfully completing this training series will become certified as a Public Safety Scuba Instructor and Dive Rescue I Trainer. Six training courses, offered in succession, allow candidates to complete prerequisites for subsequent trainer classes. Graduates become departmental trainers over the course of less than three weeks. Each training course may also be attended individually.

This series readies candidates to administer Public Safety Diver and Dive Rescue I training to their own agency personnel for just the cost of student kits. These credentials convey the core  principles and skills for a fully operational dive rescue team. Teams with a trainer on staff realize significant cost and logistic benefits including training on their own schedule and the capability to
continuously keep their team trained and ready for dive operations.


Dive Rescue I: October 1-3
Hazardous Materials Diving (DRII topic): October 4-6
Critical Skills Diver (DRII topic): October 7-8
Med Dive: October 9-10
Public Safety Scuba Instructor: October 11-15
Dive Rescue I Trainer: October 16-20

Dive Rescue I (DRI) training is Dive Rescue International’s 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.
TOPICS INCLUDE Drowning and PSD fatalities • Team organization and management • Search patterns • Scene evaluation • Victim retrieval • Service to the family, media, and other agencies • Vehicle in-water accidents

Hazardous Materials Diving: Contaminated water causes additional hazards and could possibly even stop your rescue/recovery operations. Almost all water is contaminated. Your team needs to be able to recognize, identify and operate in polluted water. During this program your team members will learn to operate in a cost-effective and proactive manner. All of Dive Rescue International’s diving courses are taught in a classroom, a pool and an open-water site allowing students to practice their skills in a safe environment prior to the mandatory field scenario work.
TOPICS INCLUDE Recognizing potential contaminants and hazards • Medical considerations for divers • Operational planning • Equipment selection and maintenance • Considerations for scuba and surface-supplied air diving systems • Special diving techniques • Protection for surface support and decontamination personnel • Decontamination procedures for personnel and equipment

Critical Skills Diver (CSD) training is Dive Rescue International’s new two-day diver preparedness class. Public safety diving often occurs in zero (or close to zero) visibility with multiple, unknown entanglement hazards. Through the CSD training course students learn the processes, causes, signs, and symptoms stressors applied to divers. Stress can lead divers down a path ending in panic – which always requires outside intervention. CSD training identifies this pathway and helps students to prevent the onset of panic. Students establish a baseline set of skills, learn the stress to panic pathway, and gain knowledge supporting the value of repetition in training. Students achieve muscle memory, stress survival responses, and become inoculated against stressors associated with public safety diving. Participants greatly improve their competency and comfort in the water.
TOPICS INCLUDE Scuba fatalities • Stressors, diver stress, diver response • Panic, diver panic, diver response • Management, prevention, and inoculation of stress • Physiological and psychological rigor • Entanglement protocol • Out of air emergency protocol • Problem solving underwater

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.
TOPICS INCLUDE Medical evaluation of divers • Decompression physiology • Pulmonary barotrauma • Rapid field neurological exam • Field treatment of compressed gas injuries • Oxygen administration • Post-diving considerations • Advanced treatment principles

Public Safety Scuba Instructor (PSSI) trains and certifies qualified candidates to then train non-divers as Public Safety Divers (PSDs). The Public Safety Diver (PSD) certification is the equivalent to an open water certification. As a PSSI, the instructor will be prepared to present a comprehensive course of study to members of public safety agencies aspiring to become PSDs. As a PSSI, the instructor will not only train new PSDs, but can upgrade their team’s level of training by cross-training certified open water divers to the PSD level. PSSIs utilize a comprehensive educational system of teaching material including: a dedicated PSD student text and workbook, video presentations, a thorough PSSI manual (with outlines, narratives, and handouts), and a comprehensive open water training system. PSSI and PSD certifications meet or exceed all instructional requirements of the RSTC.
TOPICS INCLUDE Diving knowledge • Diving skills • Diving techniques • Classroom participation • Teaching techniques • Lecture skills • Pool skills • Open water skills

Dive Rescue 1 Trainer equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and materials to effectively teach department personnel the Dive Rescue I training course including proper: accident scene response; reaction to surface and subsurface accidents in rescue or recovery mode; and preparation of surface support personnel to compliment the efforts of the divers. Dive Rescue I Trainers not only need to be proficient in the subjects listed below, they also must successfully complete the following: a final exam, delivery of a lecture on an assigned topic, and demonstrate proficiency in pool and open water diving skills. Graduates may then instruct their personnel, on their own schedule, for just the nominal cost of student kits.
TOPICS INCLUDE Drowning and PSD fatalities • Team organization and management • Scene evaluation • Service to the family, media and other agencies • Search patterns • Victim retrieval • Vehicle-in-water accidents • Diving skills • Diving techniques • Classroom participation • Teaching techniques • Lecture skills • Pool skills • Open water skills

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