learn the latest techniques in underwater rescue & recovery to respond effectively and safely

Dive Rescue Specialist (DR1)
Duration:  3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for:  certified divers and surface support personnel


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Diving students need proof of open water certification (surface support is exempt from this prerequisite)
  • Students diving in dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement  (including physician signature, if applicable)
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Successful completion of the Dive Rescue 1 (DR1) program provides basic methods and skills necessary for a Public Safety Diver (PSD) 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.

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.