Who’s Tracking Your Air? – The Role of a Dive Tender

As new divers we are taught that the person responsible for the air you have left is YOU and under no circumstances is it anybody else. Well, this rationale does not stop at the sport level. When a diver progresses … Continue reading »

Importance of the Back-Up Diver

One of the basic team member roles that is sometimes taken for granted is the back-up diver, who should be present at every team deployment that results in a diver entering the water. What led me to make that statement … Continue reading »

Wreck or Wreck

Wrecks are one of those things that cause a lot of people to learn to scuba dive, but not all wrecks are created equal. For the sport or technical diver, the wreck is a piece of history or a location … Continue reading »

SCUBA vs. Surface Supplied Air

It is safe to say that the majority of public safety dive teams train using Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) equipment. The training for SCUBA is readily accessible and the equipment relatively inexpensive. SCUBA is also easy to maintain … Continue reading »

Public Safety Dive or Salvage Dive

Let’s face it; public safety divers are called out to do all kinds of strange things. Why, because the people in the community (and the other departments) know that PS Divers work in some of the worst conditions and have … Continue reading »

A Visit to the Czech Republic and their Public Safety Dive Team

One of the many benefits of working in the diving industry is you get to travel to some amazing places and meet even more amazing people. During our Czech Republic trip we did just that. In the early spring of … Continue reading »

Getting Rigged for Deep Diving…

A different perspective for Public Safety Dive Teams By far the majority of jobs for Public Safety Dive Teams are carried out in shallow water. Certainly it may be muddy, polluted, swiftly moving and otherwise extremely hazardous, but the added … Continue reading »

What is an Acceptable Depth for a Public Safety Diver?

A question that is batted around on public safety diver forums, meetings and general discussions is ‘what is an acceptable or maximum depth for a PS diver?’ If only there was a straight forward answer to this question. In order … Continue reading »

Public Safety Dive Team Workshop by ERDI and DUI – August 10, 2012 at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo, WA

After the incredible success of the Public Safety Dive Team Workshop events in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, ERDI is very happy to be involved in the upcoming events on August 10, 2012 in Mukilteo, WA at Lighthouse Park. Come join ERDI, … Continue reading »

Dive Team SOP

I recently bumped into an old friend who is still in public safety on the volunteer level after a career as a firefighter. The volunteer fire department of his community also had an organized dive team and my friend was … Continue reading »