Public Safety Drysuit Diving
Public Safety Drysuit Diving Program
Drysuits are the exposure suit of choice for public safety teams who often dive in contaminated and cold water. Drysuits offer the protection needed for both these hazards. Learning how to properly rapidly dress, maintain, and dive drysuits is imperative for diver safety and suit longevity.
There are several potentially dangerous myths continuously perpetuated in manufacturer training manuals or many training programs. These include, “divers need more weight when diving dry than when diving wet.” ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! Have you ever heard, “Drysuit divers do not need to wear buoyancy compensators.” ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! Another dangerous fallacy is, “Do not put air in your buoyancy compensator when drysuit diving, rather add air in your drysuit.” And how about the myth, “If your drysuit starts self-inflating, simply reach up and pull open the neck seal to rapidly dump the air.” What world are they diving in? – one without thick gloves, hoods, and carotid sinus reflexes.
The mission of this program is to teach the diver and tender, procedures necessary for divers to safely dive drysuits in a rapid deployment mode, in such a way that the suits will function properly for many years to come.
Course Set-up & costsCost is based on number of students. Please call for pricing. In addition to the course cost, a host must provide two hotel rooms for two people each for two nights (FD bunk rooms, etc., may suffice). Please note: Depending on location, some staff travel expenses may need to be added to the course fee. This includes:
Day One: 1-2 hour lecture and rapid dressing techniques and three hours in the poolLecture
Day Two and Three – 8 to 10 hours on open water siteOpenwater
All programs can be customized to meet the exact needs of the hosting department.
Course hours: 20-24 hours during two and a half days.
Prerequisites: Entry Level Diving Certification for divers, Tender Certification for Tenders.
Adding a half day (and $500) to the Rapid Deployment Search and Rescue/Recovery Program.
Minimum age: 18 or 16 with permission of instructor and guardian
Maximum number of students: 20 divers, 5 tenders
Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Minimum number of dives per diver: 3