ERDI Diver 1
The mission has started and several teams are on the scene. The teams represent different public safety diver teams from different stations, fire houses and other first responders. Fortunately, everyone is on the same page as their training has been standardized as a single unit using the most complete program designed for first responders and their dive teams.
This entry level emergency response diving course is designed to give the public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of a public safety dive team and is OSHA and NFPA compliant. Topics such as problem solving, tender skills, search patterns and evidence handling are covered just to name a few. Dive skills include executing search patterns, victim recovery, emergency procedures and decontamination procedures among others. ERD I also serves as a prerequisite to ERD Ops Components courses.
The ERDI Manual is the text-book literary assistant to the ERDI certification course. The emergency response diving environment is unique in many ways from any other diving environment or diving activity. Recreational divers are trained in such a manner so as to ensure maximum enjoyment from diving activities that involved minimal risk. Emergency response diving also differs from technical diving. Technical divers may push depth limitations and bottom times, they may dive in caves or in shipwrecks, but they are still for pleasure and in situations in which they are very controlled and calculated amounts of risk. The Emergency Response Diving program is more difficult than the previously mentioned courses, and it is this difficulty that is designed to help you meet the challenges of the job.