Public safety diving is inherently dangerous. Its unusual demands create the need for the high degree of training, and a thorough knowledge of diving techniques and recovery procedures. In most cases, recovery dives are conducted in water with zero visibility, contamination, and many other hazardous conditions.
The Sheriff's Office Dive Team is trained to the level of proficiency, with equipment and resources available, to facilitate safe diving rescues when possible, and safe recoveries when rescues are not possible. The primary responsibility of the Dive Team is to provide expert diving support for law enforcement.
The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is primarily a search and recovery team. Dive Team members will assist in rescue attempts whenever possible.
The Dive Team recovers victims of accidental drowning or homicides, searches underwater for recovery of criminal evidence and conducts underwater investigations.
The Dive Team conducts specialized operations including, but not limited to, dignitary protection, and hull searches for narcotics. These operations may be conducted for the Sheriff's Office, as well as other law enforcement agencies when approved by the Sheriff or designee.
Sheriff's Office Dive Team members hold certification which include:
- Master Scuba Instructor
- DRI Dive Rescue 1 Trainer
- NAPD Instructor
- Night Dive Instructor
- Underwater Navigation Instructor
- Deep Dive Instructor
- DRI Underwater Investigator
- FSU Underwater Investigator