Diving Course Descriptions - Instructor Michael S. Glenn

 




 

 

 

 

 


Underwater Crime Scene Investigation (40 hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course will introduce the diver into the mechanics and methodologies to conduct basic underwater crime scene operations, including: scene safety evaluations, equipment selection and set-up, conducting various search patterns and techniques, locating and recovering evidence and underwater and mapping techniques. This course employs both lecture and practical exercise. Students are required to bring to class a complete set of scuba equipment, to include: mask, (traditional or full), fins, exposure control system (wetsuit or dry suit), buoyancy compensation device (BCD), air delivery system including primary and redundant regulator, redundant air delivery system, if available, including: bail out bottle, or spare air, gauge system or dive computer, dive weights and compressed gas cylinders.

Students should be able to conduct basic underwater criminal investigations upon successful completion of this course.


Underwater Crime Scene Mapping
(40hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is specifically designed to train divers on the methodologies and techniques to accurately document and map the underwater environment for both searching and reconstruction purposes. Students will receive instruction on how to document the underwater terrain using various techniques including topography, water flow and depth. In addition, the information obtained will be used to assist in establishing underwater mapping grids for documentation and search purposes. This course employs lecture, conference and practical exercises. Students will be required to bring to class: a complete set of scuba equipment, to include: mask, (traditional or full), fins, exposure control system (wetsuit or dry suit), buoyancy compensation device (BCD), air delivery system including primary and redundant regulator, redundant air delivery system, including: bail out bottle, or spare air, gauge system or dive computer, dive weights equaling a minimum of 5% of the divers weight, compressed gas cylinders and a minimum of three cutting devices, including: dive knife, line cutter or shears.


Contaminated Water Diving
(12 hrs or 32hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is designed as a core diving class specifically designed to introduce all divers to exposure control and mitigation strategies necessary when operating in any underwater environment. Students will receive training in common forms of contaminants present in their diving environment, including bacterial, viral and chemical hazards. In addition, students will receive training on equipment selections, OSHA standards, mitigation protocols and decontamination procedures, specifically designed to assist in managing potential risks and hazards to the diver, line tenders and surface support. This course has received national attention and response and as used to train divers during the Deep Well Horizon incident. Students attending the decontamination diving aspect of this course are required to bring to class: Full face masks, vulcanized rubber or polyurethane dry suit, fins, buoyancy control device, environmentally sealed first stage, redundant air delivery system, including: environmentally sealed first stage and octopus or gas switching block, tender line and diver harness, compressed air cylinders.

Emergency Response Diving I (ERD1) (40hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is a core public safety diving course, designed to introduce the new public safety diver to the aspects and facets of operating inside a public safety dive team. Information contained in this course include: team assignments and make up, equipment selection, job assignments, risk assessments at scenes, planning and documenting dives, conducting underwater search techniques, working with lines and line tenders, locating underwater evidence, recovering underwater evidence, evidence and custody documentation and principles, underwater crime scene mapping and photography, contamination mitigation and decontamination protocols, creating dive log entries and finalizing the dive. This course employs lecture, conference and several practical exercises. Students will be required to address underwater entanglement issues utilizing cutting devices, gas switching and/or bail-out procedures, working in low-light or no visibility scenarios. Students will be required to bring to class: a complete set of scuba equipment, to include: full face mask, bail out mask, fins, vulcanized or polyurethane dry suit, buoyancy compensation device (BCD), air delivery system including environmentally sealed first stage, redundant air delivery system, including: environmentally sealed first stage and octopus or gas switching block, tender line and diver harness, compressed air cylinders, information gauge system or dive computer, dive weights equaling a minimum of 5% of the divers weight, and a minimum of three cutting devices, including: dive knife, line cutter or shears.

Emergency Response Diving II (ERD2) (32hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is a continuation to the Emergency Response Diving core course. This course addresses specific methods and practices for rigging and lifting heavy objects underwater and raising these objects to the surface. This course involves calculating lift mechanics and air needs, rigging lines, cables and hoists and implementing these in various situations to raise submerged items of evidence. This course addresses the recovery of non-commercial arena evidentiary items as well as human remains recoveries. This class employs lecture, conference, practical exercises and mathematical formulas. Full face masks, vulcanized rubber or polyurethane dry suit, fins, buoyancy control device, environmentally sealed first stage, redundant air delivery system, including: environmentally sealed first stage and octopus or gas switching block, tender line and diver harness, compressed air cylinders.

Tender Operations (ERD Tender) (16 or 32hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is specifically designed to train dive tenders in all aspects under their direct control. While teams traditionally have assigned weaker divers to this role, the reality is the tender should be one of the strongest and capable members on the unit. This course addresses job assignments and responsibilities, task assessments and responsibilities, proper documentation of dive profiles, safety management and equipment assembly, dressing the diver, managing the diver on land and underwater, assisting in conducting the search, legal issues with custody, hazard mitigation and concluding the dive. This course employs lecture and conference for classroom sessions. Tenders wishing to employ these responsibilities in a practical setting may do so within their public safety unit.

Equipment Specialist (8hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is designed to train divers and surface support personnel on how to field service and repair their diving equipment, to include: inspecting and cleaning equipment, limited disassembly and maintenance of a non-technician level. Recognition and repair of common field related damages and field repairs which can extend diving operations. Students will receive training on how to remove hoses, inspect hoses for damage, replace "O" rings, how to clean and inspect regulator second stages, cleaning and washing buoyancy control devices and dry suits and how to document field maintenance and repairs for diving purposes. This course employs lecture and practical exercises. Students will need to bring to class: basic scuba repair tools, including open ended wrenches, Allen wrenches (Standard and metric), crystolube or silicone grease, dental picks or "O" ring removal tool, small Phillips and straight blade screw driver.

Visual Cylinder Inspection (8hrs)
Instructor: Michael S. Glenn

This course is designed to train divers and support personnel on the methodologies and requirements to perform annual visual cylinder inspections on compressed gas cylinders for SCUBA diving operations. This course complies with the CGA (Compressed Gas Authority) minimum requirements to train new employees on the approved information and recommendations required to perform annual inspections. Students will receive training on exterior surface damages and limits to continue service, internal inspection techniques, cylinder neck and thread evaluations and documentation to accompany inspection procedures. Students will need to bring empty compressed gas cylinder to course for inspection purposes.


 

   
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