learn basic response protocols for subsurface crime scene investigation

Underwater Crime Scene Technician (UCSTI)
3 days (24 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 summit proof of dry suit training with registration
  • Complete RSTC Medical Statement  (including physician signature, if applicable)
Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form
underwater crime scene, Underwater Crime Scene Technician I


Underwater Crime Scene Technician is equivalent to the Dive Rescue 1 Program. Note: this course is dedicated entirely to recovery operations. Rescue topics are not covered. Fundamentals of public safety diving and crime scene preservation are taught in detail. This program is conducted in a classroom, a pool and at an open-water site. The pool portion allows students to practice their new skills in a controlled environment. The field scenarios are administered and graded at the open-water site. During the course students practice underwater search techniques and scene documentation, and get instruction on how to preserve evidence. Topics include advanced search patterns, use of underwater metal detectors, underwater crime scene photography and video, underwater crime investigations, and evidence laboratory parameters.

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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