North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Emergency Response Diving 1 Operations

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Public safety officers tasked with operating as a member of a public safety dive team.

Course Goal:

To provide officers the basic knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete underwater operations, including: Diver safety issues, risk analysis, conducting underwater searches, mapping evidence and safely concluding the dive.

Course Objectives:

The student will be able to:
  • Effectively and safely perform risk analysis of an underwater dive scene.
  • Identify and apply appropriate safety measures for less than ideal environments.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and proficiency in theories and practices for selecting and conducting an underwater search pattern to locate items of evidence.
  • Demonstrate how to properly map and document an underwater crime scene for courtroom testimony purposes.


This course will employ lecture, conference and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to complete all written, practical exercises and instructor evaluations for instructor evaluations.

Special Concerns:

  • Students are required to bring appropriate equipment necessary for the successful completion of this course to include:  basic personal scuba equipment, including: mask, snorkel, fins, environmental protection dress, (wetsuit or dry suit), air delivery system with gauges or computer, dive light, air cylinders, dive slate and emergency signaling device, (whistle, submersible audible alert, dive sausage, etc.).
  • Students must provide proof of open water diver, as well as, specialty equipment certification, if used, from a nationally recognized training agency.


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Course Coordinator:

Michael S. Glenn

Length of Course:

5 days - 40 hours