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    I would like to hear from some Dive Teams on what you do for training. What are some scenarios you use and how do you set it up.


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    Our Division (regional Team) meets for drill every month, In January we conduct the IADRS watermanship test in a pool along with a basic skills review. The other 11 months are opportunities to dive as a team, many of our individial departments also dive by themselves or in small groups in addition to division training.
    We'll do an ice dive, dives from shore, dives mid water where you dive from a boat, search for evidence, last year we did a sonar directed dive (cool stuff) and a few others.
    We usually dive for a small object, if you can find a clay pigeon you can find a person. When we can we set up an obstacle course for the pool, we have also done saving our own drills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ADSNWFLD View Post
    Our Division (regional Team) meets for drill every month, In January we conduct the IADRS watermanship test in a pool along with a basic skills review.
    The International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists has developed a test that establishes the minimum fitness level for diving, as suggested by the NFPA, at 13 MET. The test can be found online at:

    http://iadrs.org/media/IADRS_Watermanship_Test.pdf

    The Annual Skills Review form can be found at:

    http://iadrs.org/media/Annual_PSD_SC...lls_Review.pdf

    Thank you for your interest!

    Blades Robinson, Executive Director
    International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists
    www.IADRS.org
    (800) IADRS-911

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    As a firefighter and a recreational diver on the side what kind of training would be recommended above rescue diver to be able to meet the qualifications to be able to assist in rescue and recovery operations. Is there any recognized NFPA, IFSAC, or Pro board courses anyone could suggest or is diving strictly through your dive agencies with standards to be met by NFPA. Like as a fire department with no past fire department dive training I'm curious to ways other departments would suggest going about starting some training almost like basic operations just to be able to work along side with other agencies and eventually operate on our own when experience levels are up and make up department SOPs. I'm just looking for any suggestions for some training to start out with to be able to train with more experienced agencies.

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    NFPA 1006 and 1670 have standards for the fire service for a dive team member. If you can, get with a good PSD agency like Dive Rescue International for your training. I've found them to be professional and realistic in their training. Their classes meet the NFPA standards and are a great starting place. You should try to train with an established team that you will be going to go to dive calls with to gain that experience that will help you stay safe.
    The rescue diver cert is for recrational divers to rescue fellow divers, it is not PSD training. You really should try to get DRI training. Other agencies like LGS and ERDI are out there but I felt DRI fit our needs better. Try DR 1 and see what you think

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADSNWFLD View Post
    ... get with a good PSD agency like Dive Rescue International for your training.
    Dive Rescue International offers training programs throughout North America and the online training calendar can be viewed at:
    http://www.diverescueintl.com/Training_Calendar.aspx

    If you don't see a program offered in your region, then please call (970) 482-0887 or (800) 248-3483. We can add you to a mail list so you are automatically notified when a program in your region is offered or we can work for you to find a host agency that will sponsor a training program.

    ADSNWFLD ... Thank you for the endorsement! Stay safe brother!!!

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    Thanks for the advise from all I will be sure to look into all of the options and we may have a well established agency we will be in contact with but unfortunately in our region we don't have much to train with.

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    Thanks to all for the input. I like to hear what other teams do for for in house training. As far as classes or courses I like Dive Rescue Int. I have never had the opourtunity to take the full class but have sat through a seminar that they did with DUI. Hopefully someday they can do a class close to us. Never thought of the Clay pigeon idea. We use boat anchors or anything else that sinks, to practice underwater comms and search patterns. We have also used a dummy made from old fire hose folded in the shape of a man. A neighboring dept. has sunk a car in a local lake that is also a good training day.

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