OPEN WATER SCUBA CERTIFICATION SPECIFIC TO PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONSE
Public Safety Diver (PSD)
Duration: 5 days (40 hours)
Recommended for: All public safety personnel who respond to sub-surface water related emergencies
- Member of a public safety agency
- At least 18 years of age
- Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including the physician signature, if applicable)
Critical Skills Diver training prepares Public Safety Divers (PSDs) to use repetition in training as a means to improve in-water confidence and competence. PSDs are introduced to the concepts of muscle memory, stress survival responses, and stress inoculation. Proper response to key underwater emergencies are examined and practiced. Student skill level evolves through repetition of familiar and unfamiliar challenges. Simply, this course introduces the knowledge and skills that help PSDs to develop the ability to prevent and/or survive a diving emergency.
Note To Applicants
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.