Public Safety Diving I

First Level Emergency Response Diving Course

This first level Emergency Response Diving Course is designed to give the certified open water diver, or open water certified public safety diver, the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of an OSHA and NFPA compliant public safety dive team in both the diver and tender roles.

Who this course is for:

A certified open water diver who is currently a public safety professional
A certified open water diver who would like to operate and support persons within a dive team organization

Course Prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18
  • SDI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent
  • CPR1st and CPROx or equivalents


What you can expect to learn:

  • Equipment preparation and selection, problem solving, tender skills, responding to a call, search patterns, scene evaluation, environmental risks, evidence handling
  • Dive skills including line signals, diver communications, executing multiple search patterns, victim recovery, emergency procedures, and decontamination procedures
  • How to continue and transition your Public Safety Diving I training into Public Safety Diving Ops Components courses


What’s in it for you and your team?

Structured training that solidifies diver and tender abilities in the participation of planning and executing dive team operations

Emergency Response Diver I level minimum requirements:

Diver evaluations

  • Demonstrate mastery of scuba skills, line signals, diver touch communications, and search patterns
  • 800 metre mask, snorkel and fins swim, 500 metre distance swim no aids, 100 metre buddy tow in scuba equipment

Tender swimming evaluations

  • 200 metre swim without aids, 100 metre buddy tow in personal flotation device (PFD), 10 minute survival float
  • Demonstrate effective line communications with divers, proper tending techniques

Great Dive Shop!

Great Dive Shop, the instructor went out of his way to explain things and he was super patient. My husband has been trying to get me Scuba certified for years and I kept putting it off, but now that I am certified, I really wish I had done it sooner. The process was a lot easier than i thought it would be, and the teacher walked us through everything in a way that was really easy to understand. after I got my certification, my husband and I decided to sign up our two kids (14, 17) and now our whole family is certified.  I would say this place is family friendly and a great place to take classes and buy equipment.

- Bertha, St. Paul, MN


Boy Scouts of America can earn their Scuba Diving Merrit Badge at the MidWest School of Diving in White Bear Lake, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities of MInneapolis and St. Paul.