Any personnel looking for Public Safety Diving training and/or certification must be currently employed as a Peace Officer, Firefighter, EMS, or volunteer groups that perform these functions for government entities with valid and verified identification. 

Additionally, Public Safety applicants must possess a basic SCUBA certification from a recognized agency, PFDI can help arrange this for you if required. Proper training and skill development can assist your team in executing their missions more effectively and efficiently, leading to more successful resolutions.

Instructor Level training in all courses featured is also available, please contact us to find out more.

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Public Safety Training

Emergency Response Diving 1 (ERD1)

The first level for a public safety diver.

Divers will learn:

      • Basic public safety diving skills
      • Tender Roles
      • Search Patterns
      • Scene Management and Safety 
      • Basic Evidence Collection
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Emergency Response Diving 2 (ERD2)

This course will examine: 

      • Lifting techniques
      • Encapsulation
      • A victim’s death 
      • The mechanics of drowning 
      • Handling of Remains 
      • Environmental issues
      • Full face mask and dry suit use

Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Tender

This course will prepare the public safety diver for the role of tender, which is a critical part of any public safety dive team.

The tender will be responsible for logistics, recording information, public safety divers and scene safety,  and control and determining which search patterns will be utilized. 



Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Drysuit Ops

This course will prepare the public safety diver to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for dry suit diving operations such as; encapsulation, contaminated environments, protecting water supplies, and decontamination procedures.

Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Hull Searching Ops 

This course is designed to provide the public safety diver with the knowledge and skills necessary to search the hulls of vessels in port and at anchor as part of security screening, evidence recovery, or other purposes. 


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Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Full Face Mask Ops

The Emergency Response Diver (ERD) Full Face Mask course provides the skills and knowledge for the Emergency Response Diver (ERD) diver to utilize full face masks for emergency response diving. Skills include donning, clearing, communications, and problem-solving techniques. 

Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Confined Space Ops 

This public safety diver course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for limited confined space operations in emergency response conditions. This course complies with NFPA 1006 and 1670, OSHA, and FEMA for water rescue.


Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Contaminated Ops

One of the most challenging public safety diver training programs. Designed to develop contaminated water skills and techniques, a high level of awareness of environmental conditions, and recognition and handling of the use of specialized equipment; helmets, and surface-supplied air delivery systems.

Specialty Courses

Emergency Response Diving (ERD) Small Boat Ops and Basic Marine Operations

This Police Fire Dive Instruction (PFDI) specialty course is designed to expand a diver’s knowledge in Small Boat Operations and is primarily intended to provide the basic knowledge and skills for propoer operation of a small craft, such as basic operations, safety, and local marine laws. 


Emergency Response Diving (ERD)Rigging and Recovery Ops

Designed to give the certified open-water public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of an OSHA and NFPA compliant public safety dive team in both the diver and tender roles in underwater rigging and recovery operations.

National Fire Protection Association

Clients, employers, peers, and the public are continually challenging professionals to provide proof of competency in their areas of practice.

PFDI offers a range of on-site National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Certifications, that will help to confirm your professional credibility, by providing certification programs that indicate education, know-how, and experience by meeting eligibility requirements as specified by NFPA.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Instruction​

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The American Heart Association’s (AHA) BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

For healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.


Designed to teach emergency oxygen (O2) administration. Covering both equipment and procedures for administrating oxygen as an emergency procedure.