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Public Safety Diver

Public Safety Diver

Malibu Divers has had a long history in Public Safety Diving programs and is a leader in diving education. We have been turning people on to the water for over 40 years. We were the first PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center in Los Angeles County, California. Our staff has appeared in and helped shoot many of the PADI training videos. We have contributed to the development of several of PADI’s course offerings. In addition, we have been number one in diving education for our area for decades training local law enforcement and public safety. 

Malibu Divers believes that a career in public safety diving is a rewarding, and challenging and changing profession. We are focused on your success and growth as a professional public safety diver . Our programs are tailored to cater to your individual goals and needs.

The Malibu Divers Public Safety Diver Program will evaluate your current skill set and anticipated needs for your operations and can include public safety services, underwater investigation, drysuit diving, full face mask diving and the FEMA ICS 100 and 200 courses. Furthermore, this course can be expanded to provide you with the instructor trainer skills and understanding to benefit your team in these areas.

What You Learn

The PADI Public Safety Diving course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of public safety diving. The course covers several key topics that include:
  • specialized public safety diving equipment
  • scene handling
  • communication procedures
  • search patterns
  • witness handling
  • victim and self rescue techniques 
Water skills include a variety of common, useful search patterns as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, tender, 90 percent diver and supervisor. The program uses proven field techniques and both meets and addresses important National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines found in NFPA 1006 and 1670 (not including disciplines Ice 9/3/7, Surf 9.2.8, or Swift 9.3.9)

Prerequisites: Public Safety Diver Student

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying equivalent certification
  • PADI Rescue Diver or qualifying equivalent certification*
  • 18 years of age
  • Proof of affiliation/employment with a public safety team (law enforcement, fire, paramedic, EMT, dive rescue team, etc.)
*You may also need to conduct ancillary programs (PADI Dry Suit Diver or a Distinctive Specialty program on full-face mask, for example) to fully prepare divers to carry out public safety diving operations in your region's conditions.

PLEASE NOTE: only individuals employed in fields such as law enforcement, fire suppression and emergency services are qualified to take the PSD Specialty program. The PADI Public Safety Diver program will lay an excellent foundation for dive team members with little or no experience but will also work well for experienced divers wanting to refresh basic skills and learn new public safety diving techniques. 

The first step is to train up to the PADI Rescue Diver level. This is the minimum prerequisite certification required and meets important criteria, but it also establishes a solid foundation for public safety diver training. The PADI Search and Recovery Diver course is also beneficial as it will help divers with some of the search and recovery techniques used extensively in public safety diver training and in the field.
Public Safety Diver
The Materials & Equipment you need:
  • Two Cutting Devices (shears, knife, seat belt cutter, etc.)
  • Two Scuba Cylinders - 80 cubic feet or larger
  • Two surface signaling devices (whistle, surface marker buoy, etc.)
  • All personal standard dive equipment
  • Pocket mask
  • Log book
  • Recommended: PADI Rescue Manual, Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, Spare mask, PFD (personal flotation device), Support equipment (first aid, oxygen, communications equipment, etc)

Program & Certification Requirements

PSD is taught using a combination of classroom presentations, surface practice sessions, and 4 Open Water dives over 2 days. Confined water sessions may be added to introduce new skills or equipment to the class. The student diver must demonstrate accurate and adequate knowledge and performance of all skills fluidly with little difficulty, in a manner that demonstrates minimal or no stress during the Open Water dives.

In addition, ancillary programs, such as PADI Dry Suit Diver or a PADI Distinctive Specialty program on full face mask diving, may be conducted to ensure divers have any specific skills pertinent to the region in which they will be operating. This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification.

For setting up a review session of your requirements, please contact us or 310-456-2396.