Public Safety Divers are specially trained divers who provide underwater services ranging from rescue diving to recovery and underwater criminal investigations. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, if not conducted by properly trained and equipped individuals, it can be dangerous and deadly. Public safety diving is dangerous and should not be attempted by untrained personnel.
The focus of the PADI Public Safety Diver course is to equip student divers with the necessary skills to respond to and prepare for unforeseen situations they might encounter as Public Safety Divers. This course is standardized PADI curriculum which will allow PADI Public Safety Divers to easily work together with other PADI Public Safety Divers from different agencies in the event of a multi-agency emergency.
The Public Safety Diver course is a 40 hour course covered over a 5 day period. The course is broken down into separate modules covering knowledge development, pool training and open water scenarios.
The knowledge development portion of the course is class room based covering an introduction to public safety diving, diver readiness, scene evaluation, communication, operating plans, search techniques, self-rescue, emergency responses and administrative documentation.
Confined water pool training involves practicing search Technics in a controlled environment using visual black outs. Students will be able to overcome dive emergencies to save a dive team member or themselves in a controlled environment with the instructor. Students will learn blind communication with team members without the use of audible and visual communications. Students will learn how to use and modify search patterns to achieve their goal. How to select, modify or build underwater lifting devices.
Open Water Scenarios
Open water scenarios are conducted in black water. The purpose of open water scenarios are to place the student in real world conditions responding to a mock emergency. The scenarios build confidence in the student by practicing in the same waters they will be working in. Students will use search patters to locate objects (evidence, victims ect.) submerged and use lifting devices to remove the object from the water.
Required Student Materials and Equipment
Course Fee $450.00
Student Manual $84.85
Purchase orders are accepted.
I began my law enforcement career in 1995 with the Moss Point Police Department. I graduated the Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy in 1995. In 1996, I was shot in the line of duty and awarded the Purple Heart medal by the City of Moss Point.
In 2000, I transferred to the Gautier Police Department as a patrol officer. In 2002, I was transferred to the Criminal Investigations Division. I continued as a criminal investigator until 2007, when I was promoted to Lieutenant of Investigations. In 2013, I was promoted to Captain of Investigations. In 2014, I was promoted to Captain of Administration and Special Operations.
In 2016, I transferred to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. I currently serve as a Sergeant at the Sheriff’s Department and command the Sheriff’s Department’s dive team.
In 2011, I was awarded the professional rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). Since obtaining an instructor rating, I continued to build on my diving and teaching experience. I now hold the rating of Master Scuba Diver Trainer and teach most all specialty diving certifications.
In 2012, I formed the Gautier Police Department’s Dive Team and worked with dive teams in the surrounding agencies. Since that time, I have continued to train emergency divers and recreation divers.
Throughout my career, I have obtained over 12 years of experience investigating crimes ranging from property crimes to capital murder. During my term as the Lieutenant of Investigations, I also served as the evidence custodian for the Criminal Investigations Division.
My vast experience in Criminal Investigations, evidence collection, dive training and nearly 25 years in law enforcement have given me a wealth of knowledge to pass along to the new generation of public safety divers.