Summer Training Series in Panama City, FL this July and August

Please join us in Panama City, Florida this Summer for an incredible training series! This is a seven-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. Other prerequisite classes are offered at the beginning of the series to ensure that all Trainer class prerequisites are met. (Classes may be taken individually if all prerequisites are met.)

Dive Rescue 1: July 18-20, 2021
Critical Skills Diver: July 21-22, 2021
Dry Suit Diving: July 23-24, 2021
Med Dive: July 26-27, 2021
Public Safety Scuba Instructor: July 28-August 1, 2021
Dive Rescue 1 Trainer: August 3-7, 2021
Dry Suit Diving Trainer: August 8-10, 2021

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Dive Rescue 1 is the 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.

Critical Skills Diver is a two-day class focused on improving diver competence and confidence through proper response repetition in increasingly challenging underwater events. The goal of this class is to improve the student’s baseline skills competency, introduce the process of preventing stress and panic through diving inoculation drills, and utilize repetition in training to gain muscle memory and stress survival responses. Carefully controlled and moderated challenges in a swimming pool setting deliver many iterations to each diver candidate. Dive Rescue International suggests all public safety divers take this class.

Dry Suit Diving Without the proper protection from your potentially hazardous diving environment, your rescue/recovery operation may be hindered or, even worse, halted. One of the first steps to preparing for contaminated water or ice diving is learning how to dive in a drysuit. This program is conducted in a classroom, pool and an open-water site to allow students to practice their new skills in a controlled environment before the field scenarios.

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.

Public Safety Scuba Instructor (PSSI) is a five-day program that trains and certifies 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).

Dive Rescue I Trainer trains 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 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.

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