ERDI Full Face Mask Ops - Public Safety Diver Training

What it is:

The ERD Full Face Mask Ops Component is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for full face mask operations in emergency response diving.

Agencies we teach for:


Course Cost: See Prices Page .

This includes: educational materials, your dive training, certification card and photos (above and below water).

We give discounts for groups, call us for details!

Other costs:

Our cost includes everything except gear hire, food, lodging, dive site fees & transportation. Dive site fees range from $5-$10, depending on site (springs are <$5, pool and lakes are $10).

Gear you need to provide:

t 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).

* Logbook.

* Dive Tables.

What the course entails:

Throughout confined and open water sessions, you will learn and master full face mask skills in both confined water and open water settings.

How we teach it:

There are two parts, the academics and the wet portion.

* The academics are done from your ERD manual, and afterwards there is a multiple-choice written test. Upon completion of the academics, you will then start the wet training.

* During the 'wet' part of the course, all the academics you learned will be reinforced, and some new things taught that are not in the books...

Typically, the wet part takes one day, which includes academics and briefings.

Some topics covered are:

* Environmental Issues

* Full Face Mask: purpose, advantages, disadvantages, types, techniques, underwater communications, maintenance and care.

* Mastery of full face mask skills

Note: this is not a fully inclusive list, just a quick overview!

Upon successful completion of the bookwork, the academic test and your wetwork you will awarded your ERD Full Face Mask certificate.

Age requirements:

You must be at least 18 years old to receive an ERD Full Face Mask certification; there is no maximum age.

Minimum # of students per class:

We need 2 or more people to make an ERD Full Face Mask certification. Private classes can be organized for a separate fee.

How many people are in each class?

Our ERD Full Face Mask 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 1 day, but sometimes it is necessary to dive more than 1 day because of learning difficulties, clearing or weather issues. If necessary, we will dive extra days to get you properly certified, at no extra charge. It is our mission to make you a safe and competent ERD Full Face Mask diver.

Where we do our course:

We usually use our local heated pool for the confined water session, and the local springs/lake for the open water diving.

Prerequisites for Course:

* 18 years old

* Certified as ERD I or equivalent

* CPR 1st or equivalent

* CPROX or equivalent

* Before participating in the ERD Full Face Mask course, you will be required to fill out a standard liability release form and a medical statement. If you answer YES to anything on the medical form, we will require that you get it signed off by a physician.

What you can do afterwards:

* Upon successful graduation form the course, students will have developed the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and execute full face mask diving operations in emergency response diving.

* Continue your ERD diver training with specialty courses like the ERD Dry Suit Course.