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2023 ERDI Ambassadors

2023 ERDI Ambassadors

Shawn Haynes

Shawn Haynes

Shawn Haynes is based in the mountains of western North Carolina where he is heavily involved with the fire service and search & rescue. He teaches various fields of rescue from basic ropes, mountain, and wilderness rescue to swift water and public safety diving. As an ERDI instructor, Shawn works with the Henderson County Rescue Squad dive team and assists other teams throughout his state and region with training and advice.
Shawn began his journey in public safety diving in the mid 90’s, diving as a volunteer with a local rescue squad. He then moved to a full-time job with a fire department where he was fortunate to spend a significant time on the rescue company. Through his involvement as a technical rescue instructor, Shawn has assisted in the development of several technical rescue programs.
In his spare time, Shawn enjoys teaching recreational divers and traveling to dive locations with his wife, Rachel, and their various dive buddies.

Timothy Andro

Timothy Andro

Tim Andro is the owner and lead SDI/ERDI instructor for Northeast Public Safety Divers, a premiere public safety dive training center for the northeast U.S. He has almost 20 years of recreational and technical dive experience, including Advanced Trimix and Closed-Circuit Rebreather with depths over 200’, and has logged over 3,500 dives (including over 800 deco dives). He has also been a firefighter for 22 years, 12 of those as a public safety diver, and is the current Dive Coordinator for Mahwah Fire & Rescue Co #1 since 2015, and the current President of the North Jersey Regional SCUBA Task Force since 2019. Tim has run operation for the FBI, US Coast Guard, NY and NJ Port Authority Police, The Royal Mounted Canadian Police in Alberta, and numerous other smaller jurisdictions throughout NY & NJ.

Pato Galaz

Pato Galaz

Pato Galaz, Chilean, founder of the public safety diving training center BUCEO RESCATE, has worked for almost 14 years in the uniformed police Carabineros de Chile, belonging to the GOPE Special Police Operations Group, participating in different rescue operations recovering bodies and/or evidence in the aquatic environment. He has participated as an instructor in the training of Carabineros police divers and criminal divers of the Investigative Police of his country. Pato Galaz, is passionate about the public safety diving area, becoming the first ERDI instructor in Chile, thanks to this he has trained PSD divers in various institutions that are called to respond to an emergency. He is an expert in forensic diving accredited by the Courts of Appeals of his country, a commercial professional diver and an underwater robotics instructor oriented to the PSD.

erdi ambassadors

2023 ERDI Ambassadors

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We're stoked to introduce you to the 2023 ERDI Ambassador Team. These three are passionate about public safety diving.
tender helps psd diver with gear

PSD Tenders – The Unsung Heros

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The tenders are the heart of a team. They are decision makers, scene managers, and life support. They should be invested in and celebrated.
Water Rescue Throw Bag

The Selection and Use of Water Rescue Throw Bags

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The water rescue throw bag is one of the most versatile and highly effective tools for the first responder. Are your rescue throw bags in working order and is your team ready to use them?
My Way is Better Than Yours

My Way is Better Than Your Way

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We’ve all seen it, whether in the public safety diving world or not: Folks getting stuck in their ways and insisting that their way is the best way. The problem with this mentality is that it doesn’t allow for new skills or ideas to be introduced to whole teams. Learn more about how to fix this mindset in this article.
A deep dive into public safety training - long term planning

A Deep Dive Into Public Safety Dive Training – Long Term Planning

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Join Dr. Thomas Powell and Alan Cale as they chat about all things public safety diving. They're doing a deep dive into public safety diving long-term planning. While things might be slow in the current COVID19 times, there are still things we can do while the world is on pause.
Hypothermia - A Womans Response

Hypothermia: A Woman’s Response

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Do you know the differences in the male and female bodies which make them respond to cold differently? This can be important to consider when potentially talking about or even performing an ice rescue. We’re exploring more about the things that cause females and males to react differently when hypothermia is in question.

Alternate Air

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Here are some ideas to consider regarding alternative air. Not only which type of air we use but how often we train in these situations? There are different types of alternate air. How to choose the right one for your team? Here are the things to consider when choosing your alternative air source. The last factor to consider is why it is so critical that you carry an alternate air source.
Diver Tips and Tricks - Body Position

Public Safety Diver Tips & Tricks: Body Position

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Searching for missing objects or evidence in a public safety mission should be taken seriously. By that we mean, proper training and preparations. With this comes practicing body positioning underwater while performing a search mission. We’re breaking down the ins and outs of body positioning and how your team can practice most effectively.

Dive Rescue Team: An Interview with the Dive Captain

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Name: Sean Hidalgo From: Stockton CA Work: City of Stockton…
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