improve your automatic responses in survival situations

Public Safety Diver Survival (PSDS)
Duration:  2 days (16 hours)
for:  Certified divers and surface support personnel 


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Proof of Open Water Certification
  • Students diving in dry suits must summit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)
Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form


Prepare to survive your next life threatening diving situation by inoculating yourself against panic and stress. The Public Safety Diver Survival Course is designed to improve and elicit automatic responses in survival situations. Participants learn techniques to minimize the negative effects of emotional and physiological stress based on research of public safety scuba injuries and deaths over several decades.

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.

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