learn to recognize / respond to public safety divers in distress (on the surface or submerged)

Rapid Intervention Techniques (RIT)
Duration: 2 days (16 hours)
Recommended for: certified divers and surface support personnel


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Students diving in dry suits must submit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement (including physician signature, if applicable)
Training Schedule & Map
Course Registration
Dive Rescue I Training Program from Dive Rescue International

With one additional day of training, qualified members of your department could be certified as RIT Trainers


After completing this program, the Public Safety Diver (PSD) will have established the baseline knowledge, skills and abilities to recognize and respond to PSDs in distress.


  • Safety diver roles and responsibilities
  • Comprehensive safety check
  • Signs of distress
  • Rapid Intervention Techniques to assist conscious and unconscious Public Safety Divers
  • Rapid Intervention Techniques to assist submerged divers in distress
  • Special considerations concerning staging safety divers
  • Specialized equipment

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.