Advanced Diving Rescue webinar on Air -Sharing, here’s the handout – 18 Reasons for Having Octopus on the Left

For those of you who saw the April 29 Advanced Diving Rescue webinar on Air -Sharing, click here for the handout. If you didn’t get to see it, it’s not too late.  go to https://www.thedivermedic.com/on-demand-webinars  and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the previously recorded webinars.   For general information about Lifeguard Systems […]

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Maximum dive time for Public Safety Diving searches.

Maximum dive time for Public Safety Diving searches. Part of the TeamLGS Public Safety Diving Standards and Guideline Series Copyrighted Walt “Butch” Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes 1989, 2019     Why is 20 minutes with a possible 5 minute extension the maximum dive time for low to zero visibility diving? Ice diving has a 15 […]

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Safety Lessons for Sport Divers from Public Safety Diving by Andrea Zaferes

Safety Lessons for Sport Divers from Public Safety Diving By Andrea Zaferes, NAUI 10533, Team Lifeguard Systems Inc. COLUMNS | DIVE AND SAFETY RESCUE SKILLS  Possibly one of the most important lessons sport divers can learn from PSD teams is how to decide when to dive and when not to dive. Click here to see […]

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•Chicago Fire Department Diver Dies During Rescue Attempt – Fire Engineering News

Chicago Fire Department Diver Dies During Rescue Attempt A fire Firefighter had reportedly become separated from his partner 05/29/2018   A fire department diver looking for a man who fell off a boat into the Chicago River on Monday night was separated from his partner underwater and was killed. (WGN9 video)  CHICAGO (AP) — A […]

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Take back our Industry! Butch Hendrick invites you to speak out:

This is your opportunity to speak out and tell the diving training agencies (PADI, NAUI, SSI,..) what you think about today’s training standards. Do you think diver education has declined over the last few decades, stayed the same, or improved? We need as many responders as possible. The goal is to present the results to […]

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Rescue Net

Part of being a prepared rescuer is knowing how to get an injured diver or person out of the water and up onto a boat or dock. The first step is to strip all the gear off a diver, if this hasn’t already been done. The next step is to keep the patients horizontal when […]

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Public Safety Diving Search Patterns

By Walt Hendrick, Andrea Zaferes, and Craig Nelson MD. If you took a recreational rescue diver course or recreational search and recovery course, you probably learned a number of different search techniques, such as the expanding square or circular search using a line.  These techniques might work well for high-visibility, buddy diving, but they are […]

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Evidence – we all should know how to handle it

There may be more to it than meets the eye! in SORTIE Vol. 1 no. 2 brings up the point that drowning can be homicidal, and that a body could be dumped in the water in an attempt to cover up foul play. A significant percentage of dive teams today are fire teams. These teams […]

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I Said NO! Or Is That An Order…?

By Ken Balfrey As law enforcement officers, do we have the right to say no in a surface or subsurface rescue situation? Are our departments and ranking officers (Chief, Sheriff, or Public Safety Directors) telling us we have to attempt a rescue? Do we have the equipment, skills, or training to make an educated, practical […]

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Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness

Why wearing a harness is important for safety and search effectiveness Sometimes we take for granted that the value of a harness is obvious. We stop taking it for granted when we meet teams that either never thought of the concept or who are resistant to it. In either case, education needs to take place. […]

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