Public Safety Diver
Surface Support Specialist
f you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team, or be surface support on search and recovery dives. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it’s serious and requires special training. The PADI Public Safety Diver Surface Support Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you surface skills that you may need on the job.
To enroll in a Public Safety Diver Surface Support Specialist course, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 18 years old, An Emergency First Responder or have the equivalent certification from another agency
You do NOT have to be a diver to take this course
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
Search and recovery dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and how to deal with potential problems
How to interview witnesses
How to document the dive operation
And most importantly how to keep your entire dive team safe
Beyond your basic scuba equipment, you’ll want to have gloves, a dive knife and additional cutting tool, plus at least two scuba tanks. Your PADI Instructor will advise you about other gear you may need, which may include technical diving equipment.
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