Learn to conduct LS&R operations applicable to underwater crime scene and investigations

Light Salvage & Recovery (LSR)
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
  • Proof of Dive Rescue 1 Specialist certification
  • Students diving in dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)

With two additional days of training, qualified members of your department could be certified as LSR Trainers

Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form


The Light Salvage and Recovery Dive Program takes your dive team to a more advanced level of service. Dive team members offering the capability of salvage operations add an environmentally conscious service to their community. The focus of the program is conduction of salvage operations as they apply to underwater crime scenes and investigations. Participants learn how to apply salvage technologies and concepts, use specialized lifting equipment to recover automobiles, aircraft, and boats; and practice a variety of lifting techniques during practical, hands-on exercises at an open water site. The program is conducted in a classroom, pool, and open-water site to allow students to practice their new skills in a controlled environment before the field scenarios. Topics include scene evaluation, operational organization, selecting specialized lifting equipment, underwater rigging techniques, and lifting.

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.