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ERDI Training

Professional Certifications

Code 3 Divers are specially trained to handle advanced underwater search and recovery operations in addition to providing continuing education, training, and recertification assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and fire department dive teams. If you're interested in becoming a public safety diver and looking to complete ERDI or you're part of a dive team in need of additional training and recertification, we can help in any state or city. 

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ERDI 1 & ERDI 2 Certification

This first level Emergency Response Diving Course is designed to give the certified open water diver, or open water certified public safety diver, the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of an OSHA and NFPA compliant public safety dive team in both the diver and tender roles. The ERD II Course furthers the public safety diver’s knowledge and advances skill sets for emergency response diving. The ERD II Course will examine lifting techniques, encapsulation, a victim’s death, as well as, ,  the mechanics of drowning, handling of remains, and environmental issues.

Who this course is for:

  • A certified open water diver who is currently a public safety professional

  • A certified open water diver who would like to operate and support persons within a dive team organization

Course Prerequisites ERDI 1:

  • Minimum age 18

  • SDI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent

  • Current CPR, first aid and oxygen administration certification

Course Prerequisites ERDI 2:

  • Minimum age 18

  • ERD I or equivalent

  • 10 or more logged public safety dives, either training or operational dives, beyond ERD I

  • CPR, AED, O2, AND first aid certified or equivalents

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Full Face Mask & Dry Suit Certification

The Full Face Mask Course provides the skills and knowledge for the ERD diver to utilize full face masks for emergency response diving. The ERD Dry Suit Ops Course  develops the knowledge and skills that are necessary for dry suit diving operations in emergency response diving. Introducing fundamental skills of dry suit diving and other important topics such as encapsulation, contaminated water environments, protecting portable water supplies and gear decontamination procedures. These courses together supplement ERD1 & ERDI 2.

Who this course is for:

  • A certified ERD I diver who will complete missions requiring a full face mask

  • A certified ERD I diver who engages has not been formally trained on a full face mask

  • A certified ERD I diver working towards ERD II Ops

  • A certified ERD I diver who has completed their Dry Suit Ops component

  • A certified ERD I diver who engages in missions in potentially hazardous water conditions


Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18

  • Certified as ERD I or equivalent

  • Current CPR, first aid and oxygen administration certification

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Tender Certification & Dive Support

ERDI trains departments on how to make and maintain PSD teams and is the only public safety dive training agency that has its own insurance and endorses its own standards. In fact, some of the largest, most successful, and renown public safety departments use ERDI Programs to conduct training. 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.

Who is this course for:

  • Any team that is deploying divers in to the water

  • 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 via, line signals and electronic communication

  • Diver safety by: choosing the right diver for the conditions, air consumption calculations

  • Mapping and documentation

  • Scene evaluation

Why does Code 3 Divers partner with SDI & ERDI? Both students and instructors have embraced the no nonsense approach that the SDI training system offers. They have streamlined the course materials to let students study the essential academics with an emphasis on practical diving skills learned in both the pool and open water environments. SDI is the only scuba training and certification agency to require students to be taught with modern dive computers from the onset of training. SDI course materials are state-of-the-art; the materials are lavishly illustrated with photography and graphics. SDI focuses on making the experience of diving one that is enjoyed by every family member.

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