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Surely somebody out there has some ideas

Discussion in 'Ideas and Stories' started by medictom, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. medictom

    medictom Solo Diver

    Hey everyone, no body wants to post anything here??!
    Well I'll post , have you checked out PublicSafetyDiver at PSDmonthly@aol.com
  2. diven'-larry

    diven'-larry Guest

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Iowa
    Hi, Tom. As a newby on an all-volunteer S/R team, it would be great to see part of PSDiver Monthly dedicate a column/article in each issue to some of the basics. Our team has some great instructors and members, but we only have so much time to work together. And actual call-outs are NOT where you want to learn new things, right? Here are a few ideas:
    *As you can imagine, an all-volunteer group is going to have a whole hodgepodge of equipment. Some of us are moving in the DIR direction, but some basic tips and tricks for the PSD would be nice to see.
    *Individual and team search patterns. What is typically used when.
    *Basic and advanced commo (underwater and surface/diver)
    *Training ideas, schedules or outlines. Vehicle extractions--techniques, safety considerations, etc.
    *Decontamination procedures
    *I'll be setting up my team with some public affairs training in order to more comfortably deal with the media. Article in PSD?

    I'm sure most seasoned PSDs might find this stuff mundane, but I'm sure there are others like me who want to understand, self-educate, and contribute!
  3. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

  4. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Post Falls, Idaho
    Trust me my friend you WILL learn more on actual operations than any training can ever offer.

    Training gives you the skills and confidence to do an operation as correctly and as safely as possible. But all the training in the world can not totally prepare one for what will actually happen. If everything goes text book smooth or goes to hell in a hand basket you will learn from every operation.

    The training you do will prepare you to learn during a real operation. Without that training you don’t have the ability to PROPERLY learn when it’s for real.

    Just think about the Twin Cities for a minute. There isn’t a diver on the blue ball that has ever trained for a scenario like that so they have to learn on the job. Have they acquired the skills to do the operation safely? Sure they have and they have the skills to either do the job or pass it off to another agency but they are learning as they go.

    Training is a very necessary thing to teach you how to learn. Make the best from both.

    And don’t forget to debrief after an operation. A lot of knowledge comes from debriefings.

    One other book you need to dig into is “The Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations”.


    Gary D.
  5. Mphill9929

    Mphill9929 Angel Fish

    PSDiver Monthly is a free E-Zine dedicated to Public Safety Diving and Water Rescue and Recovery. Go to www.psdiver.com to subscribe and to find archived past issues.

    I would like to think I am approachable! I am always looking for article topics and have a notebook full of ideas. My problem is finding folks to write the articles. If I do them all, I would have no need to continue to write my second book on PSDiving.

    I invite anyone who wants to submit an aticle to contact me off group.

    ScubaBoard provides a great meeting place for some discussion but thaere are others too.


    This is a nonagency affilliated PSD discussion group that is moderated.


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