Public Safety Scuba Instructor

Public Safety Scuba Instructor Program

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Public Safety Scuba Instructor  is Dive Rescue International’s most physically demanding and study intensive program. This unique program is designed to help dive teams develop a cost effective way to certify their Public Safety Divers (PSDs). By sending one of your team’s most experienced divers through this program, your department’s Public Safety Scuba Instructor (PSSI) can standardize non-divers and open-water divers as PSDs. A PSD certification combines the fundamentals taught in an open-water class with an emphasis on the exacting skills required to successfully dive in a rescue/recovery operation. Both the Public Safety Scuba Instructor and Public Safety Diver programs meet or exceed all the requirements set forth by the Recreational Scuba Training Council. After completion of the PSSI program, graduates may purchase PSD student kits to train members of their own department as PSDs.

Course Topics 

  • Surface Swimming/Snorkeling
  • Scuba Diving
  • Using the Scuba Equipment
  • Adapting the Body to Water and Pressure
  • Depth, Time and the Diver
  • The Aquatic Environment
  • The Dive Operation


5 days (60 hours) This program also requires a significant pre-course study commitment. On average, preparation time is 60 hours.

Recommended For
Experienced open-water divers.


  • Sponsorship by a public safety agency
  • Proof of diving certification
  • A minimum of 100 logged dives (primarily training and operational)
  • Current Dive Rescue I certification
  • Completion of Med Dive
  • At least 21 years old
  • Current First Aid
  • Current CPR training
  • Paramedic or EMT certification can be applicable
  • 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.

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