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Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by diver1102, Apr 22, 2008.

  1. diver1102

    diver1102 Angel Fish

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    I'm looking to get into a profession as a public safety diver. I'm currently OW (PADI) certified and am looking to get my advanced, drysuit, nitrox, and rescue certs within the next year. What other kind of training do I need to get into the field? do I have to be a fire fighter or police officer?

    Any information would be helpful!

    THANKS,

    Aaron
     
  2. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Being attached to Public Service as a regular or some sort of reserve is a start. Then go with the training they offer.

    Gary D.
     
  3. Bob3

    Bob3 Dive Shop

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    It never hurts to get more training than what you'll need, you might look into what types of courses your local community/technical college offers along the lines of paramedic, in addition to the Public Safety and/or Firefighting training.
    Usually there won't be much Public Safety diving going on, or at least after your first couple callouts you'll be hoping & wishing for less.
    Check out your local USCG Auxiliary while you're at it, it's a good place to get more boat handling skills while making the water a safer place for us regular folks.
     
  4. diver1102

    diver1102 Angel Fish

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    what is the best way to get attached to a public service?
     
  5. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

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    become a cop or firefighter
     
  6. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member

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    Find out who provides the public safety divers in the area(s) you want to work. Normally it will be a law enforcement agency or a fire department, sometimes a volunteer organization.

    In nearly all agencies public safety diving is not a full time job- it's an extra duty on top of being a law enforcement officer or firefighter.

    See if they use only their full time personnel or if they also use reserves or volunteers. If they only use their full time folks then you will need to get hired, go through their academy or training program. If they use volunteers ask what the requirements are to join.

    For the agencies that use full time personnel find out how long you have to be on the agency before you can apply to be on the team (In many agencies it will be several years). If they use reserves or volunteers then find out what training they expect you to have before you can join and what training they will put you through after you are hired.

    Do some research before anything else- asking the question here shows you are on the right track.

    Do a bit of reading- some books I like- Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations by Robert Teather, Public Safety Diving by Walt Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes and PSDiver by Mark Phillips.

    Most public safety diving courses are sponsored by these agencies and many are only open to folks that are already on teams. (teaching only folks that are covered by workers compensation should an injury occur tends to lower the liability risks)

    Your profile indicates you only have a couple dozen dives so far, get with a shop or club or find a buddy and go out and get some experience under your belt, as you get more dives in your skills will improve and you will be a better candidate for a team.

    Public safety diving is a highly specialized area and while many of the recreational courses you mention may not be directly applicable they all add to your experience level and help you start to develop skills that will help you throughout your diving career, sport diving or PSD.

    One final thought- if you run across local dive shops or sport diving instructors offering training in public safety diving make sure that the course is being taught by someone with actual experience in public safety diving (and tagging along for a couple of callouts is not enough). If they don't have actual experience in the field save your money and go elsewhere.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Gary D.

    Gary D. ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Good job tc.

    Gary D.
     
  8. diver1102

    diver1102 Angel Fish

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    thank you all for your information and advice.
     
  9. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member

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    We really need to put our heads together and make a sticky on this.
     
  10. bridgediver

    bridgediver Instructor, Scuba

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    that's for sure... Good of you to feild the question tc
     

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