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   21st century emergencies require a cutting edge response 

ERDi provides the edge needed to respond and operate in a liquid environment. 

The threat has changed, shouldn't your training?

ERDI Tender Operations

Public Safety Diving is a rewarding and challenging profession. Each time there is a call for service or an incident to which a unit responds, the needs of the public are being served by individuals who have dedicated themselves to providing this highly specialized service.


When the average citizen conjures up the image of a public safety diver, often it is a romantic view of an individual dressed in full gear and regalia, descending beneath the turbid waters in search of a singular item or victim. The classic view shows this diligent individual as a strong, dedicated person. This may well be the case but far more goes into this singular individual being capable of performing his duties than strength of character. There is a vast network of resources and technicians that are necessary to prepare, stage and make it possible for this professional to sink beneath the waves; one such key role, which is often overlooked or not recognized for its value in the teamís infrastructure, is the dive tender.

Dive tenders are truly the most valuable element of the dive team as they are required to have the largest knowledge base and a thorough working knowledge of every aspect of the teamís design, capabilities and equipment selection and even dive management strategies. Tenders must be diligent, professional, dedicated and hard working or the team and dive operations may suffer.

When people envision the ideal of public safety divers, the tender should measure up to that romantic image; he enables the dive to occur and ensures the activities follow safe, established and proficient courses.

Dive teams are diverse entities, formed by unique individuals who possess a specific skill set. These individuals combine their talents in order to perform some of the most difficult dives in extremely challenging environments. However, each team is only as strong as its components. The tender is one of the single most vital components of a dive team and as such suffers the fate of having a vast amount of the weight and responsibility squarely on his shoulders. Tenders have to be diligent, professional and proficient in their skills and always aware of the environment, their surroundings and the diver at the end of the line.

Dive tenders perform several vital roles in the overall function of the teamís operations. When tenders fail to carry out their assigned duties, many of the steps necessary to conduct the dive professionally, proficiently and safely cannot be completed. As a result, the dive mission could be jeopardized and the evidence, victim or item may not be recovered.

Tenders must be diligent in their actions and tasks, as they are solely responsible for the most important of all duties, tending to the diverís safety.

This course will discuss the duties and responsibilities of the dive tender, as well as some of the specialized techniques and procedures necessary to help the tender be more professional, proficient and competent in his duties within an emergency response diving team.

The ERDI Tender course can be taught at multiple levels in accordance with NFPA guidelines. The level of participation in the practical portion of the course will determine the final level of certification. The classification levels are: Awareness, Operations, and Technician. All ERDI programs are available to Public Safety professionals regardless of their position within a department.

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