Public Safety Scuba Instructor in Miami, FL this June 17-21, 2019

The goal of the Public Safety Scuba Instructor (PSSI) program is to train and certify qualified candidates to
train non-divers as Public Safety Divers (PSD). 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 tapes, a thorough PSSI manual (with outlines, narratives,
and handouts), and a comprehensive open water training system. The PSSI and PSD certification is
recognized by and meets or exceeds all instructional requirements of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba
Training Council).

The PSSI program is presented and managed through a cooperative effort between the instructor’s
department and Dive Rescue International. By incorporating your own PSSIs into your department, you
can contribute a substantial cost-effective and proven training program to your department.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:
DIVING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND TECHNIQUES
• Mastery of Diving Knowledge
• Scuba equipment design, selection, and use
• Knowledge of gas laws, nitrogen narcosis, decompression sickness, decompression physiology,
pulmonary barotrauma, repetitive dive tables, and air consumption calculations
CLASSROOM PARTICIPATION
• Participate in classrooms discussions and ask questions
• Possess effective communication skills
TEACHING TECHNIQUES AND LECTURE SKILLS
• Possess strong teaching and communication skills prior to class
• Effectively deliver lecture and lead discussions
• Listen to feedback from students
POOL AND OPEN WATER SKILLS
• Possess mastery level Scuba skills before arriving to class
• Learn to teach, evaluate, and test specific skin and Scuba diving skills, both in pool and open water
environment

Be Sure to Bring
Be Sure to Bring (for trainer classes): US Coast Guard approved PFD 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 will be required to wear professional attire during classroom sessions.

Prerequisites
Member of public safety agency, at least 21 years old, open water scuba certification with a minimum
of 100 logged dives (at least 50 of the dives must be public safety training or operational dives), current
First Aid and CPR training, signed medical questionnaire by a physician, successful completion of Dive
Rescue I and Med Dive.

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 16 MET
(Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult
their physician prior to in-water training.

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