A six-class series of courses allowing each graduate to become a Public Safety Scuba Instructor, Dive Rescue I Trainer, and Dry Suit Dive Trainer for their agency. First, three prerequisite classes are offered: Med Dive, Critical Skills Diver, and Surface Supplied Air, then three Trainer courses are offered: Public Safety Scuba Instructor, Dive Rescue I Trainer, and Dry Suit Diving Trainer. The series runs from April 26-May 15, 2019. Candidates need not attend all classes – each class may be taken individually.
A short descriptin for each class is below.
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.
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 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-water.
Surface-Supplied Air is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three-day (24 hour) training program for certified divers and surface support personnel.
Participants will learn the basics of tethered umbilical diving for public safety dive applications. Topics include operation and maintenance of surface-supplied air systems, search patterns, and emergency procedures. Successful completion of this program requires class participation, passing a final written exam and completing in-water skills.
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 meets or exceeds all instructional requirements of the RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Council).
The goal of the Dive Rescue I Trainer program 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 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.