Public Safety Diver

Public Safety Diver Course

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Public safety diving requires special training & the right mindset. Created by one of the most well-known leaders in the industry, the PADI Public Safety Diver course will teach the fundamental skills required to work as a public safety diver or assist local authorities. Through scenario practice in real-world environments, gain experience as the primary diver, safety diver, dive supervisor, & in a surface support specialist role.

You do not need to be part of a public safety dive team to take this course.

What to expect in this course:

Public safety diving is far from any recreational experience you’ve had. Working as part of a team, you’ll work to define, plan, & execute missions of varying types.  You’ll learn rope-pull signals, conduct arc searches, use cutting tools, & practice self-rescue. You’ll also participate in realistic public safety diving scenarios such as underwater body recovery.

Who this class is for:

  • Those who want to become a public safety diver
  • Those who want to join a team or gain experience in difficult diving scenarios
  • Those who want to give back to their community
  • Those who want to improve their search & recovery skills

Our Public Safety Diving certification class fee includes:

  • Your online learning, tests & one on one instructor review
  • 2 days of instructor-led training on surface and in open water
  • Public Safety Diving certification card
  • Surface Support Specialist certification card
  • Processing fees

What you will learn:

  • Size up & manage an emergency scene
  • Rescue & recover victims
  • Vehicle-related victim rescues
  • Tactile communication techniques using ropes
  • Disorientation drills
  • Conduct an arc search
  • Limited visibility diving
  • Search for missing vehicles underwater

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Public Safety Diver Certification


Please check our online calendar for a scheduled class before purchasing. You may be able to join an already scheduled course.

This class includes your online e-learning material, 2 days of surface & in-water training sessions with a certified instructor, your certification card (C-Card) and the ability to give back to your community in a unique way.


Course Requirements:

Public Safety Diving course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age is 18
  • Advanced Open Water & Rescue diver certifications
  • Approved diver medical form
  • Liability waiver

Gear requirements:

  • Standard scuba gear (regulators, BCD, weights, tanks, computer – rentals available).
  • Personal scuba gear (mask, fin, snorkel, boots – student must provide).
  • 2 different cutting devices, visual & audible signaling devices, rescue breathing mask (“pocket mask”)
  • (Optional) Dry suit, full face mask (along with accompanying certifications)

Class requirements:

  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course with a test score of 80% or higher
  • After instructor remediation, a test score of 100%
  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution
  • Satisfactorily complete the online learning course
  • Complete all open water requirements safely & efficiently
  • Upload a photo to the certifying agency website (no hats or sunglasses)

Time Requirements:

  • 6 – 8 hours for online learning
  • 2 days of instructor led surface & in-water training