Learning how to Use and Clear an AGA mask

The Desired Learning Outcome (DLO) of clearing an AGA is as follows. Two years from at 0200 hrs, you are called to a submerged vehicle with two passengers. It is cold and rainy. The team is in rescue mode. You are the primary diver. The tender’s good calculations put you right on top of the […]

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Real Life Training for Real Life Scenarios

Two dogs were rescued Monday afternoon after spending eight days trapped on Potsdam’s Sugar Island in the freezing weather. The St. Lawrence County Dive Team used a boat borrowed from Brookfield Power Corp. to cross the swift-moving Raquette River and a thin patch of ice to reach the starving chocolate Labrador retrievers, which ran away […]

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Sport vs PSD ice diving

In sport ice diving the ice is thick enough to support divers and tenders. They can walk to their pre-cut holes. Back up divers can sit on chairs on the ice. They can shovel a star pattern in the snow around the primary hole. They bring warm water buckets to manage free flowing regulators. Tenders […]

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Spring Pre-planning for Surface Ice Rescue

Surface Ice Rescue Poles By Andrea Zaferes and Walt Hendrick The ice rescue pole is one of the most versatile, useful, easy to store and transport, inexpensive tools for technician-level ice rescue personnel. Ice rescue poles have seven main functions: 1. to test the ice as the rescuer approaches the victim(s) 2. to help prevent […]

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Recent Training

Beginning September 17, 2009 and ending September 20, 2009, the Hampton Bays Fire Department Dive Rescue Team hosted a Capsized Vessel Rescue Course instructed by Life Guard Systems of Hurley, NY. The 30+ hour long course taught divers the proper and safe way to stabilize and then enter under a capsized vessel where people are […]

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Better Lead than Dead

Better lead than dead! Ditch your weights prior to exiting the water – shout “Clear!” and toss them towards shore. Then remove your fins, walk forward, retrieve the weights and exit the water. According to one study, 92% of divers are found dead still wearing their weights. The majority of those divers died from simple […]

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Choosing a water exposure suit

Personal Protection Equipment: Choosing an exposure suit for water operations. By Andrea Zaferes and Walt “Butch” Hendrick Copyright (2003)   Contaminated water diving course: “bring your own wetsuit.” When we read advertisements like this we cringe and then realize it’s time to write another article.   The one mission that must be successfully completed one […]

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Body Bags

Bagging the body is important. Anyone who has taken our homicidal drowning class has heard that mantra. No one in law enforcement or death investigation would dream of dragging a body 30 feet, let alone hundreds of feet, without bagging it. Yet think of how many departments put a rope around a floater and drag […]

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Staying Connected to the Diver

We teach teams to put a figure 8 in the com line and attach it to our locking carabiner on our harness just like we would any tether line. We have been doing this for over 30 years and it works well. The com lines we have are used for hundreds of dives annually and […]

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Dive Ops & Com bags

The attached photo shows a primary tender and diver (middle) with a primary diver on the end of a com line tether. A backup tender who also serves as the profiler (scribe) and who documents every move the primary diver makes, the primary diver’s breathing rate every five minutes, all in/down/out pressures and times, calculates […]

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