This is a four-class series of courses, allowing each graduate to become a Public Safety Scuba Instructor, Dive Rescue I Trainer, and Dry Suit Diving Trainer for their agency. Med Dive is offered as a prerequisite at the beginning of the series, followed by the three Trainer courses. The series runs from April 27-May 3, 2020 and May 11-18, 2020. (The option to attend a separate Dive Rescue II series in Puyallup, Washington is available during a break in the Seattle series. This series is May 4-8, 2020 and consists of Current Diving and Light Salvage & Recovery). Candidates need not attend all classes–each class may be taken individually if prerequisites are met.
A short description for each class is below:
Med Dive (April 27-28, 2020) 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.
The goal of the Public Safety Scuba Instructor (PSSI) program (April 29-May 3, 2020) 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 meets or exceeds all instructional requirements of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council).
The goal of the Dive Rescue I Trainer program (May 11-15, 2020) is to train individuals to effectively teach department personnel to respond to accident scenes; react to surface and subsurface accidents in a rescue or recovery mode; and prepare 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 need to 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.
Dry Suit Diving Trainer (May 16-18, 2020) is a 24 hour/3 day course designed to extend the knowledge of current Public Safety Scuba Instructors (PSSI) and Dive Rescue I Trainers (DRIT). Successful candidates will return to their department with a complete training system to be used with Dry Suit Student Kits purchased from Dive Rescue International. This program will allow the DSDT to teach Dry Suit Diving to in-house personnel at a minimal cost.