Public Safety Diver Survival is Dive Rescue International’s renowned two day (16 hour) training program for certified public safety divers. This course helps prepare the public safety diver to survive the next life-threatening diving situation by inoculating the diver against panic and stress. This program is designed to improve and elicit automatic responses in survival situations. The program will also cover the various stages of stress and the factors leading to panic. Participants will learn techniques to minimize the negative effects of emotional and psychological stress based on research of public safety scuba injuries and deaths over several decades.
Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
STRESS AND ANXIETY
STAGES OF DIVER STRESS
STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
BE SURE TO BRING: Participants of the PSDSurvival program are advised to configure their SCUBA equipment with a conventional mask and snorkel.
The use of a Dry Suit, Full Face Mask and Pony Bottle during the PSD Survival program will need prior consult with DRI.
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.