PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING
The lack of standards in training and equipment can be hazardous for divers plus their team members, as can the idea of recreational instructors teaching public safety teams. Many recreational scuba instructors will teach recreational rescue courses, and many divers will go on a call for a public safety team with a false sense of security. The problem is that the class is meant to train divers in recreational diving conditions, with visibility. True no-visibility diving is a very dangerous and complicated dive, and should be undertaken with certain precautions, training, and equipment to safely send every diver home each time they enter the water.
I dive for the Ottawa County Sheriff's Underwater Response Team, and I am the diving safety officer/instructor for the Team. I am a PSDA/PADI Instructor, PADI Course Director (Instructor Trainer). I have 15 years of public safety diving experience, on Lake Erie, rivers and ponds around the state of Ohio and Michigan. I consider Public Safety Diving to be of such an important part of law enforcement and fire fighting that I have spent many years studying this type of diving to give the best possible training to you and your departments.
PUBLIC SAFETY DIVING PROGRAMS
Patrix's Scuba is a full service dive rescue training company
tailoring a lot of its activities to Public Safety Diving. Recreational
classes are offered, but our primary mission is to teach, train, equip, and
help maintain teams that do this dangerous work. We offer training from
surface tender to Instructor, and also offer Ice technician, Fullface mask,
Drysuit, and Public Safety
Diving consultation. All instructors with Patrix's Scuba are certified
Public Safety Divers, and are functioning members of an area Dive Rescue or
We don't just talk it, we dive it!
Hi, my name is Patrix S. Heschel, and I formed Patrix's SCUBA LLC to provide quality training for Public Safety Divers in the midwest. The lack of standards and continuity in training and equipment can hazardous for divers, as can the idea of recreational instructors teaching blackwater techniques. Many recreational SCUBA instructors will teach a basic search and recovery class, and many divers will enter true blackwater with that card to fall back on. The problem is, that class is meant to train divers to recover items in friendly water, with visibility. True no-visibility diving is a very dangerous and complicated dive, and should undertaken with certain precautions, training, and equipment to safely send a diver home each time they enter the water.
|PADI Public Safety Diver Course|
PADI Americas, working in conjunction with several PADI Members who are respected and experienced in the public safety diving field, has produced the PADI Standardized Public Safety Diving program. Public safety divers, conduct a variety of important and potentially stressful underwater tasks - including rescue, evidence and body recovery, underwater inspections and more - for local communities. Public safety divers are typically in the police department, fire department or emergency services and couple their job experience with specialized dive training to carry out these underwater activities in a safe, efficient manner.
The new PADI Public Safety Diving course is designed to familiarize divers 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
- 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.
The new PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course is available and the diver and instructor prerequisites are now available. Below are the prerequisite requirements for the PADI Public Safety Diver Instructor and Public Safety Diver (participant) programs. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact us.
PSD Instructor Prerequisites
*Missions may include simulations or dive team exercises.
PSD Diver Prerequisites
*You may also need to conduct ancillary programs (PADI Dry Suit Diver or a Distinctive Specialty program on full-face mask, for example) to fully prepare divers to carry out public safety diving operations in your region's conditions.
In addition, ancillary programs, such as PADI Dry Suit Diver or a PADI Distinctive Specialty program on full face mask diving, may be conducted to ensure divers have any specific skills pertinent to the region in which they will be operating.