Learn the fundamentals of dive rescue operations from scene evaluation through incident debriefing. Public safety divers and surface-support personnel are prepared to respond effectively to a water-incident scene. Topics include: overview of public safety drowning accidents; selecting, training, and equipping dive teams; family media and other agencies relations; search pattern fundamentals; victim retrieval tactics; responding to vehicle accidents; accident scene documentation; and an introduction to specialized equipment. Programs are presented in a classroom, a pool, and at an open-water training site.
Duration – 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for – certified divers and surface support personnel
- At least 18 years of age
- Member of a public safety agency
- Diving students need proof of open water certification (Surface support is exempt from this prerequisite)
- Students diving in drysuits must submit proof of drysuit training with registration
- Reading and properly completing Medical History Statement
- 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.