About the Course

Advance your skills and become an elite professional.

The PADI® Advanced Public Safety Diver prepares you for more challenging public safety diving operations away from shore. Practice vehicle-related victim rescue and how to mark, recover and handle evidence.

Take This Course If You Want to
  • Advance your skills
  • Gain experience
  • Expand your career opportunities
Learn How to
  • Rescue a victim from a submerged vehicle
  • Properly handle evidence
  • Conduct operations from a boat

Advanced Training for Public Safety Professionals

Prepare for missions away from shore. Gain experience through realistic scenarios and learn about the law enforcement aspects of public safety diving, such as how to mark and collect evidence
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Independent Study
PADI eLearning®
Complete the independent study part of your course online or offline. Contact a PADI Dive Shop or PADI Professional who offers public safety dive training to get access to online study materials and schedule inwater sessions.
  • eLearning time commitment: 4-6 hours
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At The Dive Shop
With Your Instructor

During six open water dives, practice different search patterns and evidence collection. Work as a team to complete simulated victim rescue missions. 


  • Prerequisites: PADI Public Safety Diver (or qualifying certification)
  • Total time commitment: 3-4 days
  • Minimum age: 18

More Info

Gifting and Sharing Courses

Want to share the experience or give the gift of endless adventure? You can now purchase PADI eLearning® and share it with a recipient of your choice! Whether you are purchasing the course as a gift or need to assign the it to family members – it’s super easy.

  1. Once you purchase your eLearning course, you can log-in to your PADI account to access the course.
  2. From your Dashboard go to Student Details and Manage Your Courses.
  3. You can then decide to Start the eLearning yourself or ‘Share the course’.
  4. To share the course, simply click on ‘Share the Course’ and enter the email address of the recipient you wish to share the course with.
  5. The recipient will receive an email to create or log-in to their PADI Account to start the course.
Medical Requirements

Scuba diving requires a minimum level of health and fitness. Chronic health conditions, certain medications and/or recent surgery may require you to get written approval from a physician before diving.

Avoid disappointment, download and review the Diver Medical form to ensure you won’t need a physician’s approval to dive before enrolling in a scuba course. Instructors, divemasters and dive shop staff are not physicians and should not be asked for medical advice; only medical professionals can give medical clearance to dive.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

Prerequisites & Minimum Age

Minimum Age: 18

Course prerequisites: PADI Public Safety Diver (or qualifying certification)

Other Costs & Equipment

Advanced Public Safety Diver training requires both knowledge development and inwater practice. The total course cost depends on class size, training location, environment and whether or not you need to rent equipment. 

In addition to basic scuba gear, you will need two scuba cylinders, two different cutting devices, visual and audible surface signaling devices and a rescue breathing mask. You may also need a dry suit and full face mask. Investing in your own scuba equipment for the course will help you become comfortable with how it works and the best way to maintain it.

Contact a PADI Dive Center or Resort for more information and pricing. Use the filter tool to search for dive centers that offer public safety dive training.

Time Commitment

PADI eLearning: 4-6 hours

Entire course: 3-4 days

After this course

Seek out additional public safety diver training and consider becoming an Emergency First Response® Instructor so that you can offer CPR and first aid training to team members.

Completing the PADI Dry Suit Diver and Full Face Mask Diver courses may help you better prepare for working as a public safety diver. Every PADI Specialty you earn gets you one step closer to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver™. Only 2 percent of divers ever achieve this elite rating.

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