ERDI Public Safety Diving Course
This entry level emergency response diving course is designed to give the public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of a public safety dive team and is OSHA and NFPA compliant. Topics such as problem solving, tender skills, search patterns and evidence handling are covered just to name a few. Dive skills include executing search patterns, victim recovery, emergency procedures and decontamination procedures among others. ERDI also serves as a prerequisite to ERD Ops Components courses.
To attend our program, you must be an Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying equivalent certification, at least 18 years of age, have proof of affiliation/employment with a public safety team (law enforcement, fire, paramedic, EMT, dive rescue team, etc.)
Please note that only individuals employed in fields such as law enforcement, fire suppression and emergency services are qualified to take our program. This program lays out an excellent foundation for dive team members with little or no experience but will also work well for experienced divers wanting to refresh basic skills and learn new public safety diving techniques.
In our ERDI Public Safety Diving course we’ve designed it to familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques, and hazards of public safety diving. The course covers several key topics that include Specialized public safety diving equipment, Scene handling, Communication procedures, Search patterns, Witness handling and Victim and self-rescue techniques.
Water skills include a variety of common, useful search patterns as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, tender, 90 percent diver and supervisor. The program uses proven field techniques, and both meets and addresses important National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines found in NFPA 1006 and 1670 (not including disciplines Ice 9/3/7, Surf 9.2.8, or Swift 9.3.9).
Materials and Equipment Needed:
Materials Needed By Divers and Surface Support Personnel
-Notepads and pens (more than one color are helpful)
-Clothing that can be worn to crawl around on the ground for the land drills
-EMS personnel should bring BP cuffs and stethoscopes to check blood pressure
-Bring appropriate sunscreen and bug repellent
-Timing device such as a watch
-Clipboard or pad with a hard back for recording dives
-Personal flotation device
-Snacks & fluids (no alcohol)
Equipment Needed By Divers
-Two Cutting Devices (shears, knife, seat belt cutter, etc.)
-Two Scuba Cylinders – 80 cubic feet or larger
-Two surface signaling devices (whistle, surface marker buoy, etc.)
-All personal standard dive equipment
Our program is conducted over three days, using a combination of two classroom presentations of four hours each, three practical application sessions of three hours each and Four dives over the three days.
Confined water sessions may be added to introduce new skills or equipment to the class. The student diver must demonstrate accurate and adequate knowledge and performance of all skills fluidly with little difficulty, in a manner that demonstrates minimal or no stress during the Open Water dives.
Diver Fee: $500.00 each
Non-Diver Fee: $300.00 each
The above price includes Store, Instructor, PADI Certification Fees, PADI Public Safety Diver Manual, and certificates. If needed, use of other Public Safety Diving equipment not supplied by the host agency. There are also Surface Support Personnel-diver laminated signal cards for both.
Class size is limited to 20 divers and 10 surface support personnel. For any number of divers less than 20, the same number of surface support personnel can replace them. All divers must show certification cards and some type of dive logbook upon the start of the course.