Team Safety Article – always a good reminder

Every operation has its own set of unique demands and safety precautions, none-the-less there are common precautions pertaining to all operations. When called out the team should notify all related organizations that the Dive Team is activated. This would be organizations such as the EMS, Police, Fire Department, and Coast Guard (as needed). When operating […]

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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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Winter Training, On the Go in the Cold

As the Temperatures drop, is your Dive Rescue / Recovery Team ready to respond to surface ice or Ice Dive Operations? At Team Lifeguard Systems we provide several extensive options for Winter training including but not limited to; SURFACE ICE RESCUE TECHNICIAN I & II CERTIFICATION COURSE as well as RAPID DEPLOYMENT ICE DIVING RESCUE […]

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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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Basic Search and Recovery

The first rule of search and recovery is to determine where the object went down, and start there. This is because in most situations, the object of search, whether, person, gun, boat or motor will be found in a radius equal to the depth of the water from the point it sunk. So if the […]

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Recovery Methods

Recovering objects from the bottom is divided into two divisions, light and heavy. Light objects are those that can be pick up by the recoverer himself. These objects present little hazard. The key to light recovery is that for the added weight. No matter how light the object recovered is the diver must maintain neutral […]

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Victim Retrieval

A pre-established protocol is essential for victim retrieval. When the team is looking for a body, there are many psychological effects on both the rescuer, and the victim’s family. If the team is in the rescue mode, meaning the victim has a chance of being viable. If the team is using a tender, a predetermined […]

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Surface Rescues

Most rescues in which the victim is saved are surface rescues. How the victim is handled, depends on the type of victim he is. There are four basic responses the victim will exhibit, these classify the type of victim. The person will either be rational, passive, panicky, or unconscious. Be aware that the victim can […]

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Lost Team Member

Most dive operations use a predetermined plan for lost contact. As soon as a diver loses his buddy, he proceeds right to the surface. When both buddies do this they should meet at the surface about the same time. When a diver surfaces he must give the ”OK” to the Divemaster, or do nothing. Many […]

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