PADI Public Safety Diver

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.

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.

The course covers several key topics that include:
- Introduction to Public Safety Diving
- Public Safety Diver Readiness
- Scene Size-Up
- Medical Considerations
- Body Movement In Water
- Specialized Public Safety Diving Equipment
- Communication Procedures
- Public Safety diving Basic Search Technique
- Witness Handling and Interviewing
- Public Safety Diver Self-Rescue Techniques
- Public Safety Diver Emergency Response
- Attempting a Non-Diver Victim Rescue

Water skills include a variety of dive rescue skills as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, surface support, and dive 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, Surf, or Swift).

Prerequisites: To take the course, you need to be an Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent.

The required Rescue Diver course can be taken before or after your PSD training. If you need that certification, 

The Scuba Gear You Use
Students MUST have their own Scuba Kit and two cutting devices.

Other specialized equipment is supplied for the class by Carolina Dive Center.

What is Included
Tuition for PADI Public Service Diver certification is : $625

This includes:

- PADI Public Safety Diver eLearning academics

- 2 Days of Practical training at Fantasy Lake  (you are responsible for $25 park entry fee each day)

- ​Issuing of your PADI Public Safety Diver and Surface Support Specialist eCards