Our responsibility is to know our job, equipment, and capabilities and let the others take care of theirs.
Recruiting for a dive team can be difficult, and in many cases your candidate pickings may be slim, but do not just accept members to fill seats.
In the old world of public safety diving, instructors were often experienced divers who used common sense to establish educational practices.
If you are forming, or plan to form a new dive team, I wish you luck. Even when taking on this task, ask for help and learn how others have been successful.
A core standard for training public safety divers is essential. Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) has worked to develop a set of training protocols where equipment, safety planning, and operational activities are pre-designed to follow NFPA and OSHA guidelines.
Many dive team members join as basic open water divers with minimal experience. To help this type of individual be a better public safety diver, there are many actions he or she can take.
Choosing a good mentor and trainer is one of the most important decisions when becoming a dive professional.
Here are a few items you can include in your logbook to help you stay organized and honest, track progress, and work on self-improvement as a diver.
If you are in the public safety community and you have never had the chance to attend FDIC, you should make the effort.
Air delivery is one topic that must be discussed and planned on any dive team.