Improve your divers' competency, confidence and comfort in the water during stressful situations

Critical Skills Diver Trainer (CSDT)
Duration:  1 day (8 hours)
Recommended for:  In-House Instructors looking to improve your divers' competency, confidence and comfort to react to stress survival responses.


  • Sponsorship by a public safety agency
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Current Public Safety Scuba Instructor or Dive Rescue 1 Trainer certification
  • Proof of Critical Skills Diver certification
Training Schedule & Map
Course Registration


Successful completion of the Critical Skills Diver Trainer (CSDT) program provides the Instructor with skills required to improve the divers' ability to react to stress survival responses, and prevent panic when diving. The instructor will learn to use repetition in training as a means to improve in-water confidence and competence.  This program introduces the process of managing stress and preventing panic in diving through muscle memory, stress survival responses, and stress inoculation drills. Obtaining the CSDT certification allows the Instructor to teach the Critical Skills Diver program in-house and to mutual aid departments.

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.