Public Safety Diver
PADI Public Safety Diving course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of public safety diving. The course covers several key topics that include:
- specialized public safety diving equipment
- scene handling
- communication procedures
- search patterns
- witness handling
- victim and self rescue techniques
Water skills include a variety of common, useful search patterns as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, tender, 90 percent diver and supervisor. The program uses proven field techniques and both meets and addresses important National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines found in NFPA 1006 and 1670.
The PADI Public Safety Diver program is for PADI Members with a need to train local personnel for rescue, recovery and evidence collection. The first step is to train divers up to the PADI Rescue Diver level. This is the minimum prerequisite certification required and meets important NFPA criteria, but it also establishes a solid foundation for public safety diver training. Conducting a PADI Search and Recovery Diver course is also beneficial as it will help divers with some of the search and recovery techniques used extensively in public safety diver training and in the field.
The PADI Public Safety Diver program will lay an excellent foundation for divers with little or no experience but will also work well for experienced divers wanting to refresh basic skills and learn new public safety diving techniques. Keep in mind that your divers might require additional training – such as ice or swift water rescue – that is pertinent to the local region.