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ERDI is the Public Safety iving (PSD) agency that trains Police, Fire and other public safety organizations in Search and Rescue techniques 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. 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.

Emergency Response Diver 1 - June 23rd - 25th, 2017


This course will train successful candidates in the basic skills necessary for participation in limited open water public safety diving activities. The ERD I Diver will be able to operate as a team member and support person within a dive team organization.

Student Prerequisites - ERD 1

  1. SDI Open Water Scuba Diver certification or equivalent
  2. CPR1st or equivalent
  3. CPROx or equivalent
  4. Minimum age 18

ERDI Standards

Diver Standards
  1. Classroom and briefing: Approximately 8 hours
  2. Confined water: Approximately 6 hours
  3. Open water dives (required): 4 dives
ERD I Diver

Instructore Note: It is important that the student understand the need for the proper equipment when performing the duties of an emergency response diver. The student should also understand the need for equipment standardization among team members.

  1. Mask and Fins
  2. Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)
    • A technical harness or similar BCD capable of emergency response diving tether requirements. The BCD must be capable of supporting a pony cylinder of a least 3 litres / 18cubic feet in addition to the primary cylinder
    • The BCD must have adequate lift, 18 kilograms/40 pounds minimum recommended
    • If the student's BCD is not adequate for tether rigging but is otherwise acceptable, the student may use their BCD with an ERDI approved tether harness.
  3. Regulator
    • A primar regulator appropriate for the local diving environment*
    • A secondary reugulator for the pony cylinder appropriate for the local diving environment*
    • It should be noted that environmentally sealed regulators are recommended.
  4. Cylinders
    • A primary cylinder of at least 11.1 litres / 80 cubic feet when filled to its service pressure
    • A pony cylinder of at least 3 litres / 18 cubic feet when filled to its service pressure
    • The pony cylinder must be rigged so that it is accessible and useable to the student. Additionally, the studen tmust have the ability to pass the redundant air source to another diver withot assistance in an emergenvy. (We furnish for class usage).
    • Twin Cylinders are note permitted at this level
  • Submersible pressure gauge (SPG)*
  • Depth gauge *
  • Underwater compass
  • Underwater timing device*
  1. Exposure protection appropriate for the dive conditions - Plus hood & gloves
  2. Cutting tool: 1 primary, 1 backup
  3. Weight system
  4. Surface signaling devices; 1 audible and 1 visual
  5. Logbook
  6. USCG approved personal floational device (PFD)
  7. Gloves: latex and work
*Students may use a diver computer to meet these requirements

Tender Ops - June 23rd - 25th, 2017


This course is designed to introduce the public safety professional to the ERDI Tender skills neceessary to participate in publi safety diving operations in a non-diving roll. Successful completion results in the ERDI Tender certification. The ERDI Tender course can be taught in conjunction with the ERDI I course. While th eERDI Tender Course is a non-diving course; the tender student should have a working knowledge of diving physics, physiology, techniques and equipment.

Student Prerequisites
  1. Minimum age is 18
  2. CPR 1st or equivalent
  3. CPROx or equivalent
  4. ERDI Instructors have the option adding 2 more students with the assistance of an active ERDI Supervisor
  5. The maximum number of students an ERDI Instructor may have at open water is 14 with the assistance of active ERDI Supervisors
Diver Tending is one of the most important roles in Emergency Response and Public Safety
  1. Texts, other than ERDI manuals, use for ERD Ops Components must be approved by ERDI Headquarters
  1. Upon successful completion of an ERDI course the instructor must issue the appropriate ERDI certification by submitting the ERDI Diver Registration form to ERDI Headquarters or registering the students online through member's area of the ERDI website.
Course Structure
  1. ERDI allows instructors to structure courses according to the number of students participating and their skil level.
  1. Classroom and briefing: Approximately 2 hours
  2. Confined water: Approimately 6 hours
Open Water
  1. All open water training must be completed during daylight hours
  1. USCG approved personal floatation device (PFD)
  2. Cuttin tools: 1 primary, 1 backup
  3. Rescue signals: audio and visual
  4. Gloves: late and Work
  1. Have the students complete the:
    1. ERDI Liability Release and Express Assumption of Risk Form
    2. ERDI Medical Statement Form
  2. Communicate the schedule of the course to the students
  3. Ensure that the students have the required equipment

Emergency Response Diver I (ERD I)

This entry level emergency response diving course is designed to give the public safety diver the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of a public safety dive team and is OSHA and NFPA compliant. Topics such as:

Emergency Problem Solving
Services Tender Skills
Search Patterns
Evidence Recovery
Emergency Procedures
Decontamination Procedures
Prerequisite for ERD Ops Components Course

Emergency Response Diver II (ERD II)

This ERDI course enables the public safety diver to develop detailed knowledge and advanced skills in emergency response diving. Among the topics covered are manner of death, physiological changes a submerged body undergoes, mechanics of drowning, handling of remains environmental issues, encapsulation, full face mask and drysuit use. As part of the certification requirements during the six dives, students will also master drysuit and full face mask skills.

Cost: $425

ERD Full Face Mask Diving Ops

The ERD Full Face Mask course provides the skills and knowledge for the ERD diver to utilize full face masks for emergency response diving. While basic full face mask topics and skills are presented, other topics and skills include encapsulation, communications with a full face mask, selecting proper masks for emergency response diving and decontamination procedures. Full Face Mask OPS training is also part of the ERD II curriculum.

Cost: $175

ERD Dry Suit Ops

The ERD Drysuit OPS course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary for drysuit diving operations in emergency response diving. In addition to the fundamental skills of drysuit diving, other important topics include encapsulation, contaminated environments, protecting potable water supplies and decontamination procedures. Drysuit OPS training is also part of the ERD II curriculum.

Cost: $175

ERD Tender Technician

The ERD Tender course trains team personnel to properly line tend and participate within the public safety dive team in a non-diving roll. The ERD Tender role is so critical to the success of the mission and the team, some teams utilize their most experienced diver to fulfill the role. This course for: Any team that is deploying divers in to the water, and any team that has not been formal trained on the proper tending of divers

What you can expect to learn:
Team structure
Effective communication with the diver
line signals and electronic communication
Choosing the right diver for the conditions, air consumption calculations
Mapping and documentation
Scene evaluation

ERD Ice/Surface Rescue Ops

This non-diving ERD course will train and prepare rescue teams to properly respond and execute operations to retrieve victims who have broken through thin ice conditions. Subjects that are discussed in the classroom include ice characteristics and formation, types of victims both human and animal, team operations, equipment and rescue techniques. During the practical training portion, students will perform a variety of roles and master skills such as proper donning of protective gear, victim extrication and self rescue to name a few.

Cost: $125

ERD Ice Diving Ops

Conducting emergency response operations in an overhead environment, such as ice diving, presents hazards and challenges to the ERD team not found in normal situations. Important topics and skills that are presented during this course include physiological aspects of cold-water diving, appropriate equipment for ice diving, surface support procedures as well as scene preparation and lost diver drills.

Cost: $325

ERD Contaminated Water Diver Ops

The ERDI Diving in Contaminated Water Ops Component is one of the most challenging public safety diver training programs.

Who is this course for:
Any PS diver that enters a: river, stream, pond or lake and disturbs the bottom
Any PS diver that enters the water where a vehicle, light aircraft or human/animal remains could be
Any PS diver who is not familiar with the four generally accepted classifications of contaminated water

What you can expect to learn:
How to prepare for contaminated water before you enter
What to do once you are out of the water
Proper cleaning, storage and maintenance of your PPE

Divers should be prepared to spend long hours in their PPE as well as cleaning PPE and demonstrate proficiency of all contaminated water skills and techniques, dive assessment and parameters and a high level of awareness. Dives incorporate hazard recognition and handling, use of specialized equipment; decontamination equipment, full face mask and surface supplied air delivery systems require additional training.

What’s in it for you and your team: safety and awareness, giving you and your team more tools for environmental risk assessment resulting short and long term health benefits.

ERD Contaminated Water Ops Technician level minimum requirements:
One confined water session
Two dives with a minimum of 30 minutes bottom time
Post dive decontamination exercises