Attendees test their newfound skills as they recover a vehicle missing since 2009
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – 21 May 2012 – Attendees of the PADI Public Safety Diver Workshop at Mermet Springs, Illinois, USA from 6-12 May 2012 can testify to their comprehensive training as the proven field techniques prepared them for real life rescue, recovery and evidence collection – especially since they discovered and recovered a reported stolen vehicle.
PADI Americas joined forces with Underwater Criminal Investigators, owned by Mike Berry— a PADI Master Instructor, Virginia State Police Sergeant and renowned expert in the field of public safety diving— to develop a series of workshops helping train public safety divers. Under Berry’s watchful and experienced eye, the seven-day Mermet Springs workshop consisted of two courses: the PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course and the PADI Underwater Criminal Investigator Distinctive Specialty course. The entry-level PADI Public Safety Diver Specialty course establishes a solid public safety diving foundation by familiarizing divers with the skills, knowledge, organization, procedures and hazards of public safety diving. The course also includes two rescue scenarios. The PADI Underwater Criminal Investigator Distinctive Specialty course prepares attendees to become professional underwater investigators by teaching them techniques on establishing a crime scene, expanded search procedures, evidence recovery and preservation skills, light and heavy salvage procedures, case preparation and much more.
Attendee Tim Bradley, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Manager at Forest City Scuba in Rockford, Illinois, USA, says this about his Public Safety Diver Workshop experience, “This was one of my most challenging and rewarding experiences - not just of my dive career, but of my life. One of the reasons I wanted to get into public safety diving was to use my dive skills to help people in the community that I live in. I now feel prepared, not just to do that, but to excel at it.”
Public Safety Diver Workshop attendee, David Faulkenberg, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Public Safety Diver instructor, adds the following about his experience, “I enjoyed the training very much. I thought Mike Berry was very professional and knowledgeable, as well as great in his presentation and working with students. He created, in me at least, the desire to perform and meet his expectations. I am already planning the trip to Virginia for the Master’s Class.”
The workshop culminated with a team dive under a local bridge, where they discovered a submerged vehicle that was reported stolen in 2009. In the true spirit of public safety diving, the team applied their newfound skills to rig the vehicle, return it to the surface and notify local authorities.
The next PADI Public Safety Diver Workshop is scheduled for 18-26 August 2012 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA. Register online or contact Janna Christenson. For more information, contact Bill Hamm or Tom Warnack at PADI Americas.
About Underwater Criminal Investigators
Mike Berry founded Underwater Criminal Investigators® (UCI) to provide professional public safety diving and law enforcement training to the world's public safety diving community. UCI’s goal is to mold students into true professional public safety divers and investigators specializing in the underwater environment.
Berry is a PADI Master Instructor, Master Underwater Criminal Investigator/Instructor, certified personal physical fitness trainer, Emergency Medical Technician, Land Search and Rescue Instructor Trainer, Ropes Rescue Instructor and a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor. Berry is currently a first sergeant with the Virginia State Police and serves as their Search and Recovery Team Operations Coordinator and Head Diving Instructor.