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.
Richmond Dive and Travel currently offers two public safety diving courses: PADI's Public Safety Diving course and Underwater Criminal Investigators (UCI) public safety course, Underwater Criminal Investigator. Richmond Dive and Travel is proud to be the only UCI Training Center in the mid-atlantic region.
Our PADI PSD and UCI instructor is Clay Overholt, who besides being a UCI Instructor a PADI Staff Instructor and a PADI Public Safety Dive Instructor has completed hundreds of public safety dives as a member of the Virginia State Police Search & Recovery Dive Team since 1994. You will find Clay's biography on our Staff page, here.
PADI Public Safety Diving Course
The 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
•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 first step is to train divers up to the PADI Rescue Diver level. This is the minimum prerequisite certification required and meets important NFPA criteria, but it also establishes a solid foundation for public safety diver training.
1. PADI Advanced and Rescue Diver or qualifying equivalent certification
2. 18 years old
3. Proof of affiliation/employment with a public safety team
4. Any ancillary courses necessary to carry out public safety diving in the local area (dry suit, full face mask, etc.)
UCI Underwater Criminal Investigators Course
The Underwater Criminal Investigators Course is UCI's foundation course designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed and survive as a true professional public safety and underwater criminal investigator. It is a 4-day hands-on training program that involves one day of classroom and three days of intensive open-water training.
Topics include: Overview of Public Safety Diving/Underwater Criminal Investigations, Performance Base Training, Liability Issues for the Public Safety Diver, Diver Readiness, Equipment Readiness, Information Readiness, Establishing a Crime Scene, Interview Techniques, Crime Scene Photography and Sketching, Advanced Underwater Communications, Medical Aspects, Search Patterns, Location and Marking Evidence, Evidence Recovery and Preservation, The Oxidation Process, Metal Preservation, Nonmetal Evidence Preservation, Fingerprints, Body movement in Water, Body Recovery in Water, Chemical and Polluted Water Diving, Light and Heavy Salvage, Vehicle Recovery, Case Preparation, Courtroom Testimony and more!
This course prepares you by building up your search skills, molding you into a true recovery diver. Our focus is on developing your underwater recovery skills which in turn increases your comfort level and your contribution to the search. This level of training can actually change an entire teams attitude, confidence and abilities to serve their communities.
You must meet the following prerequisites:
1. Advanced Open Water or equivalent diver with any nationally recognized diving agency or a military or commercial diver.
2. 18 years old or older.
3. A member of a law enforcement, fire, or rescue department or if you are in a position to assist your community, state or government in underwater criminal investigations or with other public safety diving assignments.
Register today by calling Zane at 804-222-8383