If you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team, or conduct search and recovery dives, and maybe even underwater criminal investigations, this is the course for you. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it’s serious and requires special training and a top notch physical condition. The PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you both surface and underwater skills that you may need on the job. You will want to get your dry suit and full-face mask training as well, but it isn't required for the course - but we can do it at the same time or right after.
To enroll in a Public Safety Diver course, you no longer are required to be on a dive team to be certified, but you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 18 years old. You will also need to have your Rescue Diver Certification or need to earn your PADI Rescue Diver certification in a special session add-on for the course if needed.
What will you learn?
You’ll be introduced to the special procedures, equipment, scene handling, communications and documentation requirements for a public safety diving operation. During four open water dives you’ll practice compass navigation, knot tying, arc search techniques, victim recovery, rope-pull communications and rescue techniques for a distressed public safety diver, plus plenty more.
Visit or call our PADI Dive Center and get your PADI Public Safety Diver Manual to read and do the Knowledge Reviews before class. Also, talk with our Master Instructor, John Miller. Mr. Miller is a PADI Public Safety Diver and Underwater Criminal Investigator.
Beyond your basic scuba equipment, you’ll want to have gloves, a dive knife and additional cutting tool, plus at least two scuba tanks or rent the gear from us. Your PADI Instructor will advise you about other gear you may need, which may include technical diving equipment.
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