Learn the fundamentals of public safety dive rescue operations

Dive Rescue I Training Program
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 dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Reading and properly completing the Medical History Statement
Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form


Learn the fundamentals of public safety 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.

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.