ERDI Diver Level Course
- ERDI I
Contact Hours: 40
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 problem solving, tender skills, search patterns and evidence handling are covered
just to name a few. Dive skills include executing search patterns, victim recovery,
emergency procedures and decontamination procedures among others.
ERDI I also serves as a prerequisite to ERDI Ops Components courses.
- ERDI II
Contact Hours: 40
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.
ERDI Ops Component Courses
- ERDI Drysuit OPS
The ERDI 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 ERDI II curriculum.
- ERDI Full Face Mask OPS
The ERDI Full Face Mask course provides the
skills and knowledge for the ERDI 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 ERDI II curriculum.
- ERDI Ice Diving OPS
Conducting emergency response operations in an overhead
environment, such as ice diving, presents hazards and
challenges to the ERDI 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
- ERDI Ice/Surface Rescue OPS
This non-diving ERDI 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.
- ERDI Tender
The ERDI Tender course trains team personnel
to properly line tend and participate within
the public safety dive team in a non-diving
roll. ERDI Tender is also part of the
ERDI I course curriculum so that an entire
team can participate and train to their
individual needs. Crime scene recognition,
search patterns and decontamination procedures
are some of the topics covered. In addition,
ERDI Tender students learn and master tending
skills in both confined water and open
- ERDI Contaminated Water Diver OPS
The ERDI Diving in Contaminated Water Ops Component
is one of the most challenging public safety diver
training programs. Students must demonstrate proficiency
of all contaminated water skills and techniques, a high
level of awareness and a proper attitude prior to
certification. Dives incorporate hazard recognition
and handling, use of specialized equipment; helmets
and surface supplied air delivery systems require