Work with local authorities, be part of a rescue team and, quite possibly, assist in underwater criminal investigations.
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. 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.
To enroll in a Public Safety Diver course, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 18 years old. You also need to earn your PADI Rescue Diver certification by the end of the course. Recommended Courses: Full Face Mask Diver, Dry Suit Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Night Diver, Underwater Navigator, Search & Recovery Diver.
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.
Beyond your basic scuba equipment, you’ll want to have gloves, a dive knife and an additional cutting tool. Your PADI Instructor will advise you about other gear you may need, which may include technical diving equipment.
Prerequisites & Requirements
18 years or older
PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification)
- Four dives with instructors
- Public Safety Diver manual
- PADI Public Safety Diver Certification card
What’s not included in this course?
- Scuba Gear rental: $60 one time fee for the entire course (BCD, Reg w/Computer, Tanks, Weights, Wetsuit)
- You are responsible for providing your own scuba quality personal gear. Mask, fins, snorkel, boots & clips. Snorkel gear will not work for this course.
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