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Emergency Response Diving


Connecticut Scuba Academy is dedicated to training our public safety divers to the highest standards in the industry. This is why we choose to teach ERDI, the largest most recognized name in the industry. ERDI is the only fully insured agency offering standardized public safety training that is OSHA and NFPA compliant, and also meets FEMA team standards.

Because Connecticut scuba Academy is non profit, we can offer teams training they need at prices they can afford.
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Who is ERDi? (emergency response diving international)

ERDI is the Public Safety Diving (PSD) agency that trains police, fire and other public safety organizations in search and rescue techniques in just about every submerged environment known. ERDI trains departments on how to make and maintain their own PSD teams along with being the only public safety diving training agency that has their own insurance and endorses it’s own standards. All ERDI programs are OSHA and NFPA compliant. In fact, some of the largest successful and renown departments use ERDI Programs to conduct their training.

Each and every day public safety divers face the challenges of swift water, black water and a myriad of other potentially harmful situations as part of their job. ERDI offers training to help teams accomplish these missions with the best possible training available.

Many of the ERDI programs can be taught at several levels in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines. The level of participation in the practical portion of the course will determine the final level of certification. The classification levels are: Awareness, Operations and Technician. All ERDI programs are available to public safety professionals regardless of their position within a department.

Awareness – The Awareness level can be completed simply by doing the online academics for the ERDI course of interest. Upon completion of any of the online ERDI Academy courses, an individual will receive an awareness level certificate. For additional insight and understanding of the course, the individual can audit the practical session.

Operations – The Operations level course requires the participant to complete the online academics and also participate in the non-diving segments of the Operations level course taught by an ERDI Instructor. Depending on the program and individual is completing, this portion of the training shows how to properly perform and/or supervise non-diving emergency response duties.

Technician – The Technician level is the final step and requires the participant to complete the required number of practical training sessions under the supervision of an ERDI Instructor. Here the individual will apply what they have learned during the awareness and skill-development sessions, while learning practical lessons that can only be gained.

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All prices are based on single students team pricing will change dependent on team size and needs.

ERD 1  Call for Team pricing


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.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Equipment preparation and selection, problem solving, tender skills, responding to a call, search patterns, scene evaluation, environmental risks, evidence handling
  • Dive skills including line signals, diver communications, executing multiple search patterns, victim recovery, emergency procedures, and decontamination procedures
  • How to continue and transition your ERD I training into ERD Ops Components courses

ERDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor
The ERDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor Course is designed to teach non-diving members of a public safety dive team the knowledge to safely function as an independent instructor of the non-diving specialties/ops listed below:
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • Tender
  • Swift Water
  • Other non-diving Ops, i.e. unique ops, offered by ERDI (subject to headquarter’s approval)

In order to become an instructor for one of the above courses; a candidate must be certified by a qualified instructor trainer experience based upgrades are not available. Instructors who hold equivalent certifications with a recognized agency and wish to cross over as a non-diving specialty instructor may do so by applying via current instructor crossover procedures.

What you can expect to learn:
The ERDI Non-Diving Instructor course takes an in-depth look at all of the following and more:

  • ERDI Standards and Procedures
  • History of ERDI
  • Products and procedures
    • How to place an order
    • Registration procedures
    • Yearly renewals
    • Liability and insurance
  • Risk management
    • Waivers and releases
    • Filling out an accident/incident report
  • Methods of instruction
    • Teaching theory, methods and oral communications
    • Lesson preparation
    • Use of training aids
    • Home study program, use of knowledge quest
  • Successfully selling courses
    • Budgeting courses
    • Recruiting students
    • Organizing and scheduling a course
  • Retail sales
  • Instructor ethics
  • All course content for the specialty the candidate will be teaching after graduation
special equipment training

Ice surface rescue  Call for Team Price
The ERD Surface Ice Rescue Ops component is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for public safety teams to properly respond and execute operations on or near thin ice conditions.

What you can expect to learn:

ERD Surface Ice Rescue students will learn how to approach several types of victims in varying environments as a primary tender, primary rescue, backup rescuer and backup tender. Students will understand, perform and master ice rescue decision making processes. ERD Surface Ice Rescue students will have exposure to the use and importance of surface ice rescue equipment and should prepare to spend several hours in PFDs/immersion suits.

  • Pre rescue planning; equipment and rescuer selection
  • Proper donning and utilization of immersion protection
  • Ice assessment and sight preparation for rescuers and tenders
  • Submersion victim extraction and transportation
  • Self rescue techniques
Ice rescue training

Testifying in court

This awareness level course is designed to introduce the non-law enforcement public safety diver or team member to the court system and the requirements and techniques of presenting testimony in legal proceedings.

The purpose of the ERDI Testifying in Court program is to provide insight into the requirements and techniques of presenting testimony in legal proceedings, provide insight into legal systems and how criminal legal processes work.

After successful completion of ERDI Testifying in Court program, the non-law enforcement public safety diver or team member will have a better understanding of the court system, how to present testimony and how to prepare for testimony as well.

ERD Small boat Operations
 (call for price)

This course is designed to expand a diver’s knowledge in Small Boat Operations and is primarily intended to provide the minimum knowledge and skills that an individual must demonstrate to qualify to stand watch and/or perform other specific routine duties necessary for the safety, security or proper operation of a small craft in emergency response diving.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Operational and time critical risk management
  • Three levels and four principles of Operational Risk Management (ORM)
  • Steps of the ORM process:
  • Small boat/rigid inflatable boats characteristics
    • Launching special teams from a small boat
    • Basic operation fundamentals including visibility, signals and lights
    • Navigation fundamentals including the utilization of five types of buoys
    • Start-up and shut down fundamentals including oil sump, transmission, overheating, and loss of steering
    • Radar systems and variables that can affect their ranges
    • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and indications of malfunctions
  • Dive team applications of small boat operations including prepping the boat, deploying divers, diver-boat communications, recovering dives, and unloading
Boat opps training

ERD Tender   call for team price
  (includes manual or academics online add $49)

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.

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

ERD II   call for team price
   (manual not included $49)

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, physiological changes a submerged body undergoes, mechanics of drowning, handling of remains, environmental issues, full face mask and dry suit use.

What you can expect to learn:
  • Mechanics of drowning, including near drowning
  • Physiological changes to human remains
  • Crime scene identification and removal of crime scene evidence
  • Encapsulation considerations
  • Lifting techniques and considerations
  • Advanced skills for dry suit and full face mask diving
  • Learning decontamination procedures

ERD Supervisor 

This course is to qualify the experienced emergency response divers to supervise emergency response diving teams. It also serves to develop leadership qualities as a prerequisite for ERDI Instructor.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Skills necessary to assist ERD Instructors as appropriate
  • OSHA regulations and NFPA guidelines
  • Anatomy of public safety diving accidents
  • Supervising and controlling divers in varying conditions
  • Cooperation with interagency operations
  • Interactions with bystanders, media, and victim’s families

ERD Confined Space Operations

This component is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for limited confined space operations in emergency response conditions. This course complies with NFPA 1006 and 1670, OSHA, and FEMA for water rescue.


What you can expect to learn:

  • Emergency procedures and types of penetration lines
    • Tether rescues and assists
    • Use of safety reels and spools for locating a lost buddy
    • Use of safety reels and spools for locating a lost exit
  • Communications
    • Proper techniques for using hand signals
    • Proper techniques for using line signals
    • Proper fullface mask communications
  • Hazards of confined spaces
    • Disorientation
    • Reduced visibility
    • Entrapment and entanglement
    • Loss of gas supply
    • Line traps or tether entanglement
  • Potential hazards
    • Contaminants on the surface
    • Contaminants inside a wreck
    • Glass windows/doors
    • Wrecking moving/unsettled
  • Contingency planning
    • Chamber locations
    • Communications
    • Emergency gases
    • Emergency procedures

ERD Diving in Contaminated Water Ops call for team price
  (includes drysuit and full face)

This Component is one of the most challenging public safety diver training programs.


What you can expect to learn:

  • How to prepare for contaminated water before you enter
  • What to do once you are out of the water
  • Proper cleaning, storage and maintenance of your PPE

Divers should be prepared to spend long hours in their PPE as well as cleaning PPE and demonstrate proficiency of all contaminated water skills and techniques, dive assessment and parameters and a high level of awareness. Dives incorporate hazard recognition and handling, use of specialized equipment; decontamination equipment, full face mask and surface supplied air delivery systems require additional training.

What’s in it for you and your team: safety and awareness, giving you and your team more tools for environmental risk assessment resulting short and long term health benefits.


ERD Dry Suit Ops  call for team price

This 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 environments, protecting portable water supplies and decontamination procedures.


What you can expect to learn:

  • Environmental factors and hazards, types and features of dry suits, addressing diver insulation, dry suit maintenance, buoyancy controls and managing dry suit emergencies
  • How to begin filling requirements towards enrolling in ERD II training

ERD Full Face Mask  call for team price

This Course provides the skills and knowledge for the ERD diver to utilize full face masks for emergency response diving.


What you can expect to learn:

  • The knowledge and skills necessary to plan and execute full face mask diving operations

ERD Ice Diving Ops  call for team price

This Course is designed to acquaint the certified ERD I Diver with many of the hazards associated with ice diving, overhead environments, and how to plan and execute an ice penetration mission.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Aspects of cold-water diving, appropriate equipment for ice diving, surface support procedures as well as scene preparation and lost diver drills

ERDI Night Diving Ops  call for team price

This Course is designed to acquaint the certified ERDI Diver with all procedures, techniques, and potential hazards associated with diving at night. By becoming familiar with the use of dive lights, and night diving techniques, tending procedures, communications, and buoyancy control, the diver will be able to plan and execute a night dive with maximum safety.

What you can expect to learn:

  • The knowledge and skills necessary to plan and execute a night diving operation safely


ERD Underwater Crime Scene Investigations
(call for pricing)

This Program is to provide necessary skills and knowledge in performing underwater crime scene investigations, preservation, and proper documentation for court-ready testimony.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Review of Bill of Rights
  • Establishing a crime scene and terms/definitions used in the industry
  • Witness interviewing and types of evidence
  • Methods of documenting scenes
    • Photographing, sketching
  • Accident vs. Fatality
  • Search patterns and securing evidence
  • Body decomposition and physiology of drowning
  • Body recovery and handling procedures
  • Scene control and court document preparation

ERD Underwater threat assessment
 (UTA) operations (call for pricing) 

This course is designed to give the certified emergency response diver the skills and knowledge necessary for recognition and identification only of hazardous devices underwater. This course is not an explosives recovery course or renders safety in underwater explosives protocol.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Identifying team capabilities and understanding team limitations
  • Special teams to contact if the device cannot be removed safely by trained team members
  • How to identify possible underwater explosives and how to mark the area of the device
  • Underwater blast effects to the human body and the effects of shockwaves
  • Proper medical care needs for an injured team member

ERD Hull Inspection

  (call for pricing)

This course is designed to provide information and hands on training to students and dive team members who may be called upon to search the hulls of vessels in port and at anchor as part of security screening, evidence recovery or other purposes.

Underwater hull inspections are considered an overhead environment and as such require additional training, safety measures and team protocols when these operations are occurring. It will often entail additional risk, extremely poor diving conditions and specific skill sets are required to accomplish the mission successfully.

The purpose of the ERDI Hull Inspection course is to provide the team members the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct hull inspections while identifying hazards not only to the team members but the public as well such as pollution, explosive recognition, contraband and the physical hazards such as overhead environment, intakes, exhaust, steering mechanisms and other dangers.

After successful completion of the ERDI Hull Inspection Ops program, team members are expected to understand protocols, search patterns and hazards to successfully conduct vessel hull inspections.

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to get package price for team all divers must be enrolled and attend classes at same time

ERDI instructor

 (call for pricing)

This Course is the next step in the ERDI Professional realm. The ERD Instructor Development Course prepares and teaches candidates to conduct ERD Tender, ERD I, ERD II and ERD Supervisor Courses under the guidance of an ERD Instructor Trainer.


What can you expect to learn:

  • Teaching public safety diving
  • Risk-Benefit analysis
  • Assembling and training an operational dive team
  • Anatomy of a public safety diving accident

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