Cave diving and public safety diving may not have ever crossed your mind as two things that could go hand in hand. However, when you start to really look into these two types of diving, you might find that they aren’t as different as one might think. Bonus? Being a cave diver could also lead to being a better public safety diver.
Do you seek further educational opportunities as a public safety diver? Diver, firefighter, instructor, and veteran Tony Pietrantonio does this every year. 2019 was no different. He’s giving us a peek at his time with the RCMP in Canada and how it’s made him a better public safety instructor.
Do you work on a public safety team? Have you considered ERDI training but are unsure it’s worth it? An ITI Headquarters staff member with prior public-safety dive team experience just went through the ERD I course. He now shares his thoughts on the course and how it can help ALL members of a public safety team.
Is your team swift-water trained? Some folks think that if you don’t live in an area where flooding could occur that this type of training is unnecessary. We tend to disagree and feel that you should never underestimate the power of water.
Using line signals is one of the most basic forms of communication is public safety diving. Understanding the ins and outs of using line signals can be the difference in a successful recovery or a recovery from the recovery.
Does your team fully encapsulate on every dive? Do you know why this is important? Most importantly do you know the risks you’re taking when you DO NOT encapsulate? Jay White is breaking it all down on why you should encapsulate on every dive.
Have you ever heard of the size up method WATER? We’re breaking down exactly what this means and who you should call at every step of an aquatic rescue. Knowing what is going to happen will allow personnel to not only assist in the rescue but observe the entire scene. They can be alert for safety issues and make recommendations to adjust the rescue plan.
Responding to a public safety call is no small job. There is much more planning that you might realize. All this must be done as quickly as possible. This is why we train, train, and train some more. Learn about the questions you should be able to answer before getting in the water for any call.
No matter what type of diving you’re doing it’s important that you keep yourself safe. Whether doing shallow or deep dives, recreational or technical, it is important to always know and be aware of what you are breathing, and what depth you are at. It may save your life. Learn more about oxygen toxicity, how you can prevent it, the two different types and the warning signs that something might be wrong.