Winter Training Series in Fort Collins, Colorado!

Join the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team on January 15-22, 2020 for a Winter Training series in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, Colorado! The series will consist of three classes, including Ice Rescue Trainer, Ice Diving Operations, and Ice Diving Operations Trainer! (Classes can be taken individually if the prerequisites are met.)

Ice Rescue Trainer

Ice Rescue Trainer is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three-day training program for first responders. The Ice Rescue Trainer program prepares first responders from all public safety disciplines on how to respond to and carry out surface ice rescues. This class introduces students to the topics of ice hazards and formation, equipment selection, medical considerations, and the application of proven rescue methods and techniques. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation, passing a final written exam, and completing surface and in-water skills. Graduates of the program also learn to instruct this crucial skill set to their own agency personnel.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:

  • Teaching the Adult Learner
  • Preparation and Effective Presentation of the Ice Rescue Program
  • Testing and Evaluation of Students
  • Identifying and Evaluating Ice Strength and Formation
  • How Cold Affects a Victim
  • Equipment and Manpower Considerations
  • Scene Evaluation
  • Assessment of Risk/Benefit Factor
  • Ice Rescue Techniques

PREREQUISITES All candidates must be a member of a public safety agency, physically fit, at least 21 years of age, provide proof of current First Aid and CPR training, and submit an application. Application to the program does not guarantee admission to the program. Applications are available on the Dive Rescue International website. Students will be officially notified of their status after their application is reviewed. Completed applications must be received at Dive Rescue International no less than 3 weeks before start of class.

BE SURE TO BRING All students will need a U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) with a knife and whistle, adequate clothing for working outside, and pen and paper for taking notes. If the student has access to a cold water rescue suit or dry suit, they should bring it to class. It is advised that students bring a dry set of clothing.

Ice Diving Operations

Ice Diving Operations is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three day (24 hour) training program for certified divers and surface support personnel. Participants will be able to plan and execute an emergency ice diving operation; select, evaluate and perform field maintenance on ice diving equipment; and dive safely under ice in order to complete a rescue/recovery mission. Participants will also be introduced to diving with full face masks. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation, passing a final written exam and completing in-water skills.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:

  • Scuba Fatalities
  • Stressors, Diver Stress, Diver Response
  • Panic, Diver Panic, Diver Response
  • Management, Prevention, and Inoculation of Stress
  • Physiological and Psychological Rigor
  • Entanglement Protocol
  • Out Of Air Emergency Protocol
  • Problem Solving Underwater

PREREQUISITES All students must be a member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years of age. Students must have Dive Rescue 1 certification and must read and complete a RSTC medical statement prior to attending class. Any diver answering yes to any contraindication must have the form signed by a physician. Diving students must have proof of open water certification. 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.

BE SURE TO BRING All students must bring: US Coast Guard approved PFD with knife and whistle, adequate clothing and protection from the environment and pen and paper for note-taking and sketching. Diving students must provide their own equipment: Scuba regulator: recently serviced and environmentally protected with alternate air source (i.e.: octopus, Air II, etc.), timing device, depth and submersible pressure gauges, BC with oral/power inflator, two tanks with current Hydro & VIP, mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt and two cutting tools (knife, wire cutters, or trauma shears.)

Ice Diving Operations

Ice Diving Operations Trainer

The Ice Diving Operations Trainer Program is uniquely designed for public safety personnel and presents Ice Diving Operations training in a practical and efficient system, giving Trainers the tools to build a competent and safe team. Successful Ice Diving Operations Trainer graduates will return to their departments with a complete training system. With the purchase of student kits from Dive Rescue International, Trainers will be able to conduct in-house ice diving operations training for departmental personnel.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:

• Teaching the Adult Learner
• Preparation and Effective Presentation of the Ice Diving Operations Program
• Testing and Evaluation of Students
• Identifying and Evaluating Ice Strength and Formation
• How Cold Affects the Victim and the Diver
• Equipment and Personnel Considerations
• Scene Evaluation and Assessment of Risk/Benefit Factors
• Search Patterns
• Lost Diver Drill

PREREQUISITES: All candidates must be a member of a public safety agency, be at least 21 years of age, have current First Aid and CPR training, and complete a RSTC medical statement prior to attending class. Any diver answering yes to any contraindication must have the medical statement signed by a physician. Participants must also have current Dive Rescue 1 Trainer certification, have Ice Diving Certification, provide 10 logged Drysuit Dives, provide a departmental sponsorship letter. 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.

BE SURE TO BRING All students must bring: Pen and paper for note-taking and sketching; clothing appropriate to long days outside in winter months; and diving students must provide their own equipment including exposure suit adequate for swimming pool and ice diving environments, scuba regulator: recently serviced and environmentally protected with alternate air source (i.e.: octopus, Air III, etc.), timing device, depth and submersible pressure gauges, BC with oral/power inflator, two tanks with current Hydro & VIP, mask, snorkel, fins, weight system and two cutting tools (knife, wire cutters, or trauma shears) swim suit, exposure suit, and goggles.

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