PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty Course

PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty Course

Work with local authorities, be part of a rescue team and, quite possibly, assist in underwater criminal investigations.

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If you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team or conduct search and recovery dives, and maybe even underwater criminal investigations, this is the course for you. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it’s serious and requires special training. The PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you both surface and underwater skills that you may need on the job.

To enroll in a Public Safety Diver course, you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 18 years old. You also need to earn your PADI Rescue Diver certification by the end of the course.



You’ll be introduced to the special procedures, equipment, scene handling, communications, and documentation requirements for a public safety diving operation. During four open water dives, you’ll practice compass navigation, knot tying, arc search techniques, victim recovery, rope-pull communications, and rescue techniques for a distressed public safety diver, plus plenty more.



Beyond your basic scuba equipment, you’ll want to have gloves, a dive knife, and an additional cutting tool, plus at least two scuba tanks. Your PADI Instructor will advise you about other gear you may need, which may include technical diving equipment.


Getting Started

Visit a PADI Dive Center or Resort that offers the PADI Public Safety Diver course and get your PADI Public Safety Diver Manual to read before class. Also, see if there is a Public Safety Diver Workshop scheduled in your local area.

Additional information

Available Dates:

Date 1, Date 2, Date 3


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