ERD Supervisor

 
The ERD Supervisor course is to qualify the experienced emergency response divers to supervise emergency response diving teams. It also serves to develop leadership qualities as a prerequisite for ERDI Instructor.

Who this course is for:

  • An ERD certified public safety dive team member looking to advance in a supervisory role
  • An ERD certified public safety dive team member seeking skills and knowledge to assist an ERD Instructor
  • A public safety diver looking to maintain team standardization and safety in compliance with OSHA and NFPA guidelines

Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • CPROX1st or equivalent
  • Proof of 50 public safety logged dives as a member of a recognized public safety dive team
  • Current medical examination for diving

What you can expect to learn:

  • Skills necessary to assist ERD Instructors as appropriate
  • OSHA regulations and NFPA guidelines
  • Anatomy of public safety diving accidents
  • Supervising and controlling divers in varying conditions
  • Cooperation with interagency operations
  • Interactions with bystanders, media, and victim’s families

What’s in it for you and your team?

  • Professional experience to assist in the supervision of operational calls
  • Standardization and safety and recovery procedures
  • Developmental tools to help maintain team

ERD Supervisor minimum requirements:

  • Watermanship skills:
    • 800 metre swim with mask, fins, snorkel non stop
    • 100 metre approach to a fully suited diver followed by 100 metre diver tow
    • 15 minute survival float; last two minutes hands must be out of water
    • 500 meter distance swim non stop
  • Response diving skills:
    • Recover a drowning victim demonstrating correct procedures for handling evidence recovery
    • Recover a small object demonstrating correct search pattern and awareness for evidence handling
    • Act as incident commander in compliance of NFPA 1561 and:
      • Assess and secure scene
      • Brief and deploy team
      • Supervise the recovery of small object, large object, victim recovery, and primary diver trouble
      • Supervise decontamination procedures
      • Debrief the team
    • Demonstrate ability to safely approach and provide assistance to panicked diver on the surface
    • Demonstrate ability to successfully complete a rescue of an inert diver from a depth of no more than 6 metre/20 feet in black water, or simulated black water
  • Leadership skills:
    • Assist with complete ERD I or ERD II course
    • Score minimum 80 percent ERD Supervisor written exam, with 100 percent remediation

How to take this course!

  • Find an Instructor for this course: here
  • Find your local Dive Center: here

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