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Public Safety – Service Diving


Public Safety Diving – Emergency Response Diving International

ERDI is the Public Safety diving (PSD) agency that trains Police, Fire and other public safety organizations in Search and Rescue techniques (domestically and internationally) in just about every submerged environment known.   ERDI trains departments on how to make and maintain their own PSD teams along with being the only Public Safety diving training agency that has their own insurance that endorses its own standards. 

Not all Public Safety Diving certifications and instructors are recognized by OSHA and NFPA despite what they might claim.  Recreational scuba instructors and certifying agencies are for the most part not recognized; once you start a recovery operation by OSHA standards you are doing Commercial Diving, no longer recreational; make sure you are getting the right training and advice.  All ERDI programs are OSHA and NFPA compliant. In fact, some of the largest successful and renown departments use ERDI Programs to conduct their training. 

Come to the experts; others claim knowledge (read a book), we have the actual years of experience domesticaly and internationally to back up our claims:  Our Instructors have a combined knowledge of Military (Special Operations, Tactical Intelligence, Counter Intelligence, Counter Terrorism, Psychological Operations, Aviation, Infantry), Law Enforcement (Violent Crime, Homicide, Corrections, SWAT), Emergency Medical Service (EMT's, Paramedic), Fire (State Fire Inspector-Investigator Emergency Vehicle Operator Trainer and Department Captains), Medical Examiner (County), Legal (Prosecutor and Public Defender).  Total military experience is over 110 years, Law Enforcement 60+ years and Fire over 17 years of experience.

We offer the most complete line of Public Safety training in a 7 state area.  MidWest School of Diving can assist your department with the following courses:

·         ERDI I

·         ERDI II

·         ERD Drysuit Operations

·         ERD Full Face Mask

·         ERD Contaminated Water Operations

·         ERD Ice Diving Operations

·         ERD Helicopter Landing Zone Technician

·         ERD Under Water Crime Scene Investigator

·         ERD Under Water Threat Assessment

·         ERD Media Awareness-Communication - only offered by MidWest School of Diving no one else **

·         ERD OSHA Requirements as they pertain to Public Safety Dive Teams - only offered by MidWest School of Diving no one else **

·         ERD Ice Surface Rescue

·         ERD Testifying in Court

     Operating Public Safety Diving Operations in a NBC (Nuclear Biological and Chemical) environment

     Writing of SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures)

** MidWest School of Diving wrote the lesson plans and program for ERDi.  MidWest School of Diving offers the following additional services; Mustang Exposure Suit Dealer, Regional Dealer in technical diving - underwater equipment, grant writing assistance for those departments that would like to start or purchase new equipment, National Safety Council (NSC) training on Emergency Vehicle Operator – both ambulance and fire, Emergency Responder Training, Emergency Medical Technician course, Ice Rescue tools along with Public Safety Diving equipment.


Click here for ERDi Course information

MidWest School of Diving is the only Minnesota based Scuba Shop certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs in accordance with the state of Minnesota stature 161.321, 375.771 in providing services to state, county and municipal entities.



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

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