Training Schedule & Map

Critical Skills Diver (CSD)
Duration – 2 days (16 hours)
Recommended for – certified divers


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including the physician signature, if applicable)

Course Registration


Critical Skills Diver training prepares Public Safety Divers (PSDs) to appreciate repetitive skills training as a means to improve in-water comfort and competence. PSDs gain muscle memory, stress survival responses, and achieve resistance against many stressors faced while diving. 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.