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Conference Course Descriptions

101 - Small Boat and PWC Operations

Learn about how PWC could be a useful tool for your team and PWC state of the art rescue procedures. Find out what are the key pieces to boat operation surface rescue that are often missed, and which cause the greatest safety hazards to both victims and rescuers. What does it mean to have a vessel in a ready-rescue mode?

102 A - Drowning Physiology and Pre-Hospital Care

Victim Handling from the time of first contact can make the difference between a rescue and recovery. To provide the most effective handling and pre-hospital patient care you need to understand the different ways people can drown and what happens to the victim's physiology. Anyone who might handle a drowning victim in the rescue mode or law enforcement personnel on homicide drowning investigations should know this information.

102 B - Homicidal Drownings

Unlike land scenes, law enforcement officials often first think "accidental death" when arriving on the scene of a fatality involving a drowning. Every drowning should be investigated for possible foul play. What are the signs to look for? What is your responsibility as a responder ?

102 C - Contaminated Water

This is an area of large growing concern for public safety divers. What are the different types of biological and chemical hazards? What can you do to protect yourself? Learn how to add this important factor to your risk benefit analysis. Learn simple post operation procedures you can add to your SOP to keep you safe.

103 - Safe Diving Operations

PSD is not recreational diving. PSD requires different equipment and very different procedures. Learn simple procedures a team can implement to increase diver and tender safety. Examine the most common causes of PSD injury and fatalities. Learn how to manage these events and keep your team safe.

104 A - Equipping a Dive Team

Learn how to avoid costly and even dangerous mistakes new and experience teams make when purchasing diving and subsurface operations equipment. What are the reasons for having each piece of equipment ? Do nitrox and rebreathers make sense for dive teams ?

104 B - Exposure Suit Maintenance and Minor Repair

How to extend the life and use of dry and wetsuits with proper maintenance. Learn how to make minor and quick repairs during an operation.

104 C- Blackwater Contingency Plans

You are entangled on the bottom in blackwater. It gets worse, you use up your air. Now what? No one believed it could be possible, but it gets even worse, your back-up diver’s ears won't clear so he can’t reach you. What now?!! Learn well proven procedures that can save your life. Learn how to institute a set of contingency standards and procedures that will keep everyone on the team safe when everything goes bad.

 105 - Moving Water Response

What does moving water mean and what are the consequences for both surface and subsurface operations? What does your SOP delineate as the fastest water you can dive in and why? When does a diving operation have to become platform operational, and when can it no longer involve tethered divers? When should your rescue swimmers say "no" to a moving water operation? Learn how to use pre-planning to make an immediate plan of action. Figure out where to stage so the victim will not be missed. Learn how to protect the safety and legal liability of team members and the department as a whole.

106 A - Swiftwater

What is swiftwater rescue all about at the Awareness, Operational and Technical Levels? What can be done to pre-plan and prepare before the call comes in? What should your training include? Create a list of the minimum necessary equipment?

106 B - Blackwater Contingency Plans

Learn about the common safety mistakes dive teams make worldwide and how to correct them. What practiced contingency plans should dive teams have in place? Learn why the RSV-1 is critical. The information from this course will save lives.

106C - Law Enforcement Water Safety Training

A car skids and ends up partial immersed in a lake. A perpetrator attempts escape by jumping into a river. A child is screaming for help on a rock in a creek. What should you do? What does your SOP state? Do you have the necessary equipment in your patrol vehicle? Learn what every officer should know about water incidents, what minimum equipment should be carried, and what minimum skills should they have. This will be presented in a training the trainer format.

107 - Hypothermia and Drowning

How can cold, stress and hypothermia be prevented, recognized and treated during water operations ? How can you decrease burnout if you regularly work outdoors? Learn about the immersion hypothermia reflex, torso reflex and the three types of drowning. This is an important class for all public safety personnel.

108 A - Surface Ice Rescue

Do not be one of hundreds of departments that waste hundreds or thousands of dollar on ice rescue equipment that is less than effective or safe. Learn what works, what doesn't, and why. A rescue less than 200 feet offshore in poor ice conditions should take less than ten minutes from on-scene arrival ,to the time the victim is safely back on shore. Find out how this is done.

108 B - Blackwater Search Patterns

Learn why recreational search patterns, such as two or more divers on a line, or circle searches, are far less effective and safe compared to well-proven PSD patterns. Learn how your team can find large and tiny objects with the safest and most efficient low and no visibility black water procedures.

108 C - GPS / DGPS

What is the difference between the two units. Why is their so much confusion and misinformation on these pieces of equipment? Learn what this equipment can and cannot do for your team.

109 - First on the Scene

Water incidents often become chaotic. What are the duties of Fire, Police and EMS? What resources are needed? What needs to be done first? First responders need to immediately implement a practiced action plan to make sure the operation is organized, safe, and effective. This course will provide you with a tried and tested first responder action plan to begin every water-related incident with.

110 A - Lung Overexpansion Injuries - like you never thought of them before

What are the public safety diving barotrauma risk factors and how do you recognize and prevent them? Learn how public safety divers not only can accidentally hold their breath on ascent, but how they are actually trained and allowed to do so. Tenders can make a significant difference in preventing diver lung overexpansion injuries. Learn preventative training drills for both tenders and divers. This presentation will definitely make you re-think your current diving practices and procedures.

110 B - Training the Trainer

To be an effective trainer, you must understand how people learn? Learn how to teach visual, auditory and kinetic learners. How can the learning curve peak be maintained for longer durations? Why is objective-based learning so often lacking and why is the DLO - Desired Learning Outcome - the most important key to successful, effective, safe, long term learning.

110 C - Surface Supply Diving and Underwater Communications

What type of operations should be conducted with surface supplied diving? What type equipment, personnel and training are needed? What are the basic procedures? What type of communication systems are available and what do you need to understand about each type?

111 - Risk Benefit Analysis

How do you decide if this is a "no" or "go" situation? What should be in your SOG to protect individuals and the department from needles accidents and lawsuits. What hazards should make the operation a no go? What is the difference between rescue and recovery decision making and procedures?

112 A - Dive Team Tender Duties

Tenders are the most important members of a dive team. Divers are the tender’s eyes. Tenders are responsible for their divers’ safety before, during, and after the dive. They are responsible for where the diver searches and making the determinations of whether or not an area can be secured as having been successfully searched. Learn the common mistakes teams make about tenders and their duties, and how tenders can be trained to make dive operations safe and successful.

 112 B - Large Area Search Operations

All you know is the boat over-turned, it could be anywhere within twenty square miles. How do you begin to plan a rescue or recovery operation?

112 C - Underwater Lifting

Lifting vehicles or other large objects is not difficult or time consuming if the team has the right equipment and procedures. Learn the basic physics of lifting and how it applies to the proper procedures. What is the right equipment and what pre-planing and training is required?

113 - Underwater Vehicle Extrication

What different procedures, equipment and personnel are required for this task? What are the hazards?


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