Divers Recovering Evidence in Confined Spaces

“Confined Spaces” is the term assigned by the U.S. federal government and also commercial/military diving entities for what would commonly be known in the Technical Diving community as the “Overhead Environment.” A common definition of Confined Space is any site … Continue reading »

Rescue Divers, The Golden Hour

Undoubtedly, the term Golden Hour is well known and widely recognized by EMS, rescue divers and public safety divers. For the benefit of those who may not know what the Golden Hour is, it generally refers to the time immediately … Continue reading »

Cochise County Search and Rescue Volunteer Saves Child

On Saturday May 11, 2013 the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team was at the Salt River east of Scottsdale conducting swift water training. At approximately 1:15 pm, team members were on either side of the river at … Continue reading »

Swift Water Rescue Training for Public Safety Divers

It is important for swift water rescue teams to practice scenarios that they will likely encounter when responding to a mission. It is equally important that swift water rescue teams pay attention to the actions of the public when they … Continue reading »

What’s It Like To Be An ERDI Supervisor?

Well, the short answer is it’s the beginning of professional leadership level in public safety diving. Perhaps comparable to the divemaster level for recreational diving. The reality is, however, that it is much more than that. It’s much more than … Continue reading »

Does Sidemount Configuration Have a Place in Public Safety Diving?

By Phil DePalo If you read this month’s SDI newsletter, you read all about sidemount diving taking a role in the recreational world. Once considered a skill of technical cave divers, sidemount diving has found a place with everyday divers. … Continue reading »

Off Season for Public Safety Divers

What off season? We are 24/7, 365. Setting aside the peaks and valleys, the time surrounding a full moon (it’s ok to admit it) and the changing seasons, public safety divers don’t have a typical “season,” or more appropriately, an … Continue reading »

Proper Weighting for Dry Suit Diving

How much weight do you need for dry suit diving? Most people find that they do not need to add a great deal of extra weight to their weight belt for diving with a dry suit compared to diving with … Continue reading »

The Difference in Rescue and Recovery Diving

Diver and Tender Working Together As public safety dive (PSD) teams evolve and mature, so do the response time and amount of on scene set up required to get into the water. Just like any team, the more you work … Continue reading »

Far from Alone: You Have Tether, etc…

Every diver is taught from the beginning of training that the buddy system is the most reliable way to get you out of a bad situation and, for the most part, this works very well. Public safety divers don’t always … Continue reading »