ERD Instructor

ERD Instructor Course

with Dayo Scuba, Orlando, Florida

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What it is:

This program is designed for the ERD Supervisor, who through experience and education is prepared to
advance to the prestigious position of an ERD Instructor. 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.

Agencies we teach for:


Course Cost:

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We also give discounts for groups!

Manuals are extra, students must provide the following:

* ERD Training Manual

* SDI Leadership Manual

* NFPA Standards (most current version), found online at

* ERDI Standards and Procedures Manual

* Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations

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

Gear you need to provide:

It 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:

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. The candidate is then evaluated in the ERD Instructor Evaluation Course. During the IEC portion the candidate will be evaluated on teaching abilities in the classroom, confined water and open water. In addition, the ERD Instructor will demonstrate proficiency in a number of skills from the ERDI curriculum.

Age requirements:

You must be at least 18 years old to receive an ERD Instructor rating; there is no maximum age.

Minimum # of students per class:

We need 2 or more people to make an ERD Instructor class. Private classes can be organized for a separate fee.

How many people are in each class?

Our ERD Instructor 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 7 days, but sometimes it is necessary to spend more than 7 days because of learning difficulties, clearing or weather issues.

Where we do our course:

We usually use our local heated pool for the confined water session. For the open water diving, we use the springs in wintertime and the lakes in summertime.

Prerequisites for Course:

* 18 years old

* ERD Supervisor or equivalent.

* Hold certifications as ERD Drysuit Ops and ERD Full Face Mask Ops or equivalent.

* CPR 1st or equivalent

* CPROX or equivalent

* Before participating in the ERD Instructor 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.

* Mentally you need to have a mature attitude and the self-discipline to follow the guide-lines and principles required for emergency response diving.

* 100 logged dives, 75 must be public safety dives, as a member of a recognized public safety team.

* Current medical examination for diving

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