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 »

Self Sufficient: “Taking Care of Number One”

Recently in a discussion about solo diving and how it fits or doesn’t fit into recreational diving, a colleague mentioned that public safety divers were far removed from solo diving, given that PSD divers have the support of a team, … Continue reading »

Diver Rescues Semi-Conscious Fellow Diver

A scuba diver who swam down to rescue a semi-conscious fellow diver has received a bravery award at Buckingham Palace. Steven Barnard, 30, from Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, was presented with a Royal Humane Society silver medal, one of the UK’s highest … Continue reading »

Night Diving with Surface-Supplied Diving Systems

by Steven M. Barsky Surface-supplied diving gear is one of the safest types of diving systems available to the properly trained public safety diver. The benefits of a hard-wired communication system with an unlimited air supply cannot be denied. It’s … Continue reading »

Knowledge Does Not Have To Be Lost

I used to be a flooring contractor. As a firefighter, I had to have a part time job to make ends meet. We did custom work for around 17 years. Now it physically hurts me too much to do the … Continue reading »

A Brief History of Underwater Lighting Equipment

In a perfect world, all underwater operations for public safety dive teams would take place in crystal-clear water with perfectly brilliant ambient light. Perhaps in that perfect world, many of the tasks carried out by PSD teams would also be … Continue reading »