The International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists is hosting the
2010 International Public Safety Diver Conference
in Charlotte, NC
September 21 - 24, 2010.

The Four Day Conference Rates:

IADRS Member Rate: $350/Per Person
Non-Member Rate: $395/Per Person
3rd Person: $150/Per Person

All Conference rates include lunch tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Attendees staying at the host hotel will also receive a complimentary continental breakfast each day.

The conference this year includes "hands on training."

At an open water training site participants can use and compare ROV's, side scan SONAR equipment, side imaging SONAR, and rotating SONAR. At the pool site participants can demo dry suits, full face masks, underwater communication systems, surface supplied air systems, etc. General session lectures will include noted authors;
  • Steven Orusa (Dive Rescue Specialist - Operational Training for Public Safety Divers)
  • John Carney (Public Safety Diver Survival and The IADRS Watermanship Test)
  • Fred Jackson (NFPA 1006 and NFPA 1670)

Fishers IN Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Orusa will give the keynote address "Dive Team Safety - Fact Non Verba"

Indianapolis Fire Department Division Chief David Owens will present "Public Safety Dive Fatality Investigation - Preparation Through Prevention." He will address his agency's first hand experience following two line of duty PSD deaths and speak to how their dive team training and operations have changed since 2002.

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief Fred Jackson will speak about the NFPA Standards for Public Safety Diving, both present and future.

Doctor Richard Sadler and Tallmage Fire Department Lieutenant John Carney will discuss Medical Considerations for Public Safety Diving and discuss a PSD medical standard with IADRS members.

The Diving Safety Officer and Director of the Advanced Science Diving Program for Florida State University (and former NEDU Member) Michael A. Zinszer will present Technology for Increased Diver Safety and Effectiveness.

Scott Smith with the Divers Alert Network will provide three hours of CEU training that is approved by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.

Pre-Conference programs include:
  • Water Operations Officer Development
  • Animal Rescue for Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Professionals
  • Interspiro Technician Certification
  • Marine Sonic SONAR Technician Training
  • Visual Cylinder Inspection Training

Charlotte, NC is a hub airport for U.S. Airways and inexpensive airfare can be found at

The host hotel is the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park and reservations can be made online at: IADRS Host Hotel
NOTE: Transportation for the conference's off-site venues (pool, open water and training academy) originates from the host hotel only.

Registration Forms and the Conference Itinerary can be found at: