ERDI Supervisor - Public Safety Diver Training
What it is:
The ERD Supervisor course will prepare you to supervise ERD team operations as well as assist ERD Instructors with training. In addition, the ERD Supervisor course serves as a base to develop leadership qualities and future ERD Instructors.
This certification is similar to a Divemaster.
Agencies we teach for:
Course Cost: See Prices Page (includes manual).
This includes: your dive training, certification card and photos (above and below water).
Manuals are extra, students must provide the following:
* ERD Training Manual
* SDI Leadership Manual
* NFPA Standards (most current version), found online at www.nfpa.org
* ERDI Standards and Procedures Manual
* Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations
We give discounts for groups, call us for details!
Our cost includes everything except gear hire, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation. Dive site fees range from $5-$10, depending on site (springs usually <$5, lakes are $10).
Gear you need to provide:
It is important that the student has the proper equipment (and this equipment should also be standardized within the team) when performing the duties of an Emergency Response Diver. These include
* Mask and Fins.
* BC (must be technical or similar BC capable of ERD tether requirements and have at least 40 pounds of lift). The BC must also be capable of supporting a pony cylinder of at least 18 cubic feet in addition to the primary cylinder.
* Regulators (primary on main cylinder and secondary on the pony bottle).
* Cylinders (primary of at least 80 cubic feet, and pony bottle of at least 18 cubic feet). Twin cylinders are not permitted at this level.
* Instrumentation to include an SPG, compass, depth gauge and timer or a computer.
* Appropriate exposure protections.
* 2 Cutting tools (a primary and a backup).
* Weight system.
* 2 surface signaling devices (one audible and one visual).
* USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD).
* Gloves (latex and gloves).
* Dive Tables.
What the course entails:
Throughout this course, ERD Supervisor candidates will demonstrate mastery of all the skills taught in ERD courses, exhibit appropriate incident command and supervision of the scene from initial arrival through final debriefing.
How we teach it:
There are two parts, the academics and the "wet" portion.
* The academics are done from the list outlined above.
* During the wetwork part of this course, ERD Supervisor candidates will demonstrate mastery of the skill set, search patterns, line tending, proper evidence handling techniques, incident command and supervision of the scene from initial arrival through final debriefing.
Upon successful completion of your bookwork, the academic test and your wetwork you will awarded certification as an ERD Supervisor.
You must be at least 18 years old to receive an ERD Supervisor certification; there is no maximum age.
Minimum # of students per class:
We need 2 or more people to make an ERD Supervisor class. Private classes can be organized for a separate fee.
How many people are in each class?
Our ERD Supervisor classes range in size, but we usually have at least two instructors and/or supervisors on site with larger classes, assuring students have more personal attention and fun. Weekends are the busiest.
Schedule/Timing for Course:
We train all the time, and have multiple instructors on staff, many full time, so we do weekday and weekend classes.
Click on our calendar for dates of upcoming courses.
How long does the course take?
Usually we complete the course in 5 days, but sometimes it is necessary to spend more than 5 days because of learning difficulties, clearing or weather issues.
Where we do our course:
We usually use our local heated pool for the confined water session. For day one/two of diving, we generally go to Alexander Springs or Deleon Springs (or Lake Denton in the Summertime).
Prerequisites for Course:
* 18 years old
* ERD II certified or equivalent
* CPR 1st or equivalent
* CPROX or equivalent
* 50 logged public safety dives, as a member of a recognized public safety team.
* Current medical examination for diving
* Before participating in the ERD Supervisor course, you will be required to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement.
* Mentally you need to have a mature attitude and the self-discipline to follow the guide-lines and principles required for emergency response diving.
What you can do afterwards:
* Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to supervise ERD team operations as well as assist ERD Instructors with training.
* The ERD Supervisor course serves as a base to develop leadership qualities and future ERD Instructors.
* Continue your ERD diver training with specialty dives and more professional courses.
* The most common follow up course after the ERD Supervisor Course is the ERD Instructor course.