ERD - Emergency Response Diver


2016 TBD
(Class size: Minimum-6 Maximum-16)


$825.00 US
(Course fee covers Class Tuition & Materials,
Housing, and Meals for 5 days)

General Class Schedule for ERD Program

Registration Form (Adobe Acrobat format) for ERD Class

Course Synopsis

Diving Emergencies.

Only Knowledge, Skill, and Practice resolve them. You get all three from the Emergency Response Diver course. The Emergency Response Diver program focuses on practical field experience - what can and should be done at the scene of a diving casualty.

You will learn:

  • The best way to handle a victim in the water.
  • How to administer effective CPR and first aid.
  • The techniques to use for beach and boat rescues.
  • How to make the best use of emergency oxygen.
  • How to efficiently manage the diving accident scene.
  • Specific methods for aiding victims of hypothermia, near-drowning, and other diving medical maladies.


Practice, Practice, Practice.

The Emergency Response Diver course is field-orientated. You'll spend most of your time at, near, or in the water practicing rescues; or in small groups mastering first aid, CPR, and emergency oxygen use. You'll learn how to direct people at a diving casualty scene, how to communicate effectively with rescue and emergency medical personnel, and how to coordinate transportation. You will apply what you learn in practical and realistic field simulations.

Continuing Education

  • Certifications for First Aid, CPR, AED, Oxygen Administration, and Rescue Diver are included with the course.
  • 24 CMEs are available for DMTs


Accommodations and meals are included in the ERD tuition. ERD participants will be housed in the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies dorm rooms and apartments. Meals are served in the Institute's cafeteria.


The $825 fee for ERD covers tuition, room and board (Sunday pm - Friday noon). The course is limited to 16 students and requires a minimum of 6 students to rum. A $100 deposit is required to reserve a spot in the class. Refunds must be requested in writing. No refunds are issued after one month prior to the start of the class!

Note: For those participants who want to participate in the optional scuba dives, a recent AAUS equivalent diving medical, signed by a physician, and dive logs for the past year are required in advance.


  • Gordon Boivin: Senior Rescue Swimmer Instructor - Canadian Coast Guard (retired)
  • Karl E. Huggins: Director - USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber
  • P.O. Box 5069
  • 1 Big Fisherman Cove
  • Avalon, CA 90704
  • Emergency Phone: 310-510-1053