Public Safety Diving

Walt Hendrick
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Public Safety Diving

By Walt "Butch" Hendrick and Andrea Zaferes, Lifeguard Systems, Inc.

Public Safety Diving is a must-read book for the public-safety dive team member, leader or anyone who is thinking about putting a team together. By the end, you'll know that it takes more than just a C card to pull it off." —Advanced Rescue Technology

Written for instructors, dive team captains, surface teams, and underwater personnel alike, this book offers definitive information on procedures for safe operations, proper methods of training, and how to make appropriate purchasing decisions. Various techniques and types of equipment are discussed and assessed. Included also are chapters on methods of search in black water, swift water, and contaminated water, as well as techniques for evidence recovery.

Features and benefits:

  • Step-by-step safety procedures and techniques for dive teams at all levels of expertise
  • Learn to conduct safe, effective training drills
  • Create excellent court-ready documentation
  • The most comprehensive book of its kind


  • The foundations of a public safety dive team
  • Dive team command
  • Dive team personnel
  • Diver training
  • Equipment for shore personnel
  • Diving equipment
  • Cylinder safety
  • The initial response
  • Deploying the team
  • The search
  • Search patterns
  • Communication and line signals
  • Contingency procedures and scene safety
  • Physiological components of diving
  • Diving maladies
  • Contaminated water
  • Handling the drowning victim
  • Submerged vehicles
  • Boat operations
  • Law enforcement operations
  • Special considerations and technology
  • Appendix
  • Answers to study questions

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ISBN10 0-912212-94-2