If you have the opportunity to work with local authorities and be part of a scuba diving rescue team or conduct search-and-recovery dives, and maybe even underwater criminal investigations, this is the course for you. Although public safety diving can be a fun and exciting adventure, it’s serious and requires special training. The PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course gives you a solid foundation to build upon and teaches you both surface and underwater skills that you may need on the job.

What will you learn?

You’ll be introduced to the special procedures, equipment, scene handling, communications and documentation requirements for a public safety diving operation. During four open water dives you’ll practice compass navigation, knot tying, arc search techniques, victim recovery, rope-pull communications and rescue techniques for a distressed public safety diver, plus plenty more.


Here are the facts:

  • The PADI PSD course has the highest prerequisites in the industry.

  • A PADI Public Safety Diver is the highest trained and certified Public Safety Diver in the world.

  • Did you know that to take almost any other Public Safety Diver course all you need is an Open Water (Basic) certification?

  • The PADI PSD Diver is a certified:​

  1. Open Water Diver

  2. Advanced Open Water Diver

  3. Rescue Diver


If that wasn't enough, because this training and certification is through PADI, the World's largest dive training agency, your certification is recognized WORLDWIDE and it NEVER EXPIRES!

ATTENTION: The Public Safety Diver course was never designed to be an "all-you ever needed to know" about public safety diving course! It was always designed to be your foundation, your first step in public safety diving. 

Now that we have your attention, the PADI Public Safety Diving course is designed to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards of public safety diving. The course covers several key topics that include:​

  • Introduction to Public Safety Diving

  • Public Safety Diver Readiness

  • Scene Size-Up

  • Medical Considerations

  • Body Movement In Water

  • Specialized Public Safety Diving Equipment

  • Communication Procedures

  • Public Safety diving Basic Search Technique

  • Witness Handling and Interviewing

  • Public Safety Diver Self-Rescue Techniques

  • Public Safety Diver Emergency Response

  • Attempting a Non-Diver Victim Rescue


Water skills include a variety of dive rescue skills as well as team diving roles as primary diver, safety diver, surface support, and dive supervisor. The program uses proven field techniques and both meets and addresses important National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines found in NFPA 1006 and 1670 (not including disciplines Ice, Surf, or Swift).


To take the course, you need to be an Advanced Open Water diver or equivalent and 18 years old. The required Rescue Diver course can be taken before or after your PSD training. If you need that certification, it can be taught as part of the course. Upon certification, you will be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver AND a PADI Public Safety Diver.


What other Public Safety Diver course does that? Answer: NONE!

Public Safety Diver

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