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The Underwater Criminal Investigators Course is UCI's foundation course designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed and survive as a true professional Underwater Criminal Investigator. It is a 4-day hands-on training program that involves one day of classroom and three days of intensive opdivermachineen-water training. The price of the course is $695.00

This price covers all training material, certifications and diplomas. After the completion of the course, the students are certified through UCI and through PADI, the largest training agency in the world. This is so the training you receive will contribute to both your professional and recreational diver portfolio.

Topic's include: Overview of Public Safety Diving/Underwater Criminal Investigations, Performance Base Training, Liability Issues for the Public Safety Diver, Diver Readiness, Equipment Readiness, Information Readiness, Establishing a Crime Scene, Interview Techniques, Crime Scene Photography and Sketching, Advanced Underwater Communications, Medical Aspects, Search Patterns, Location and Marking Evidence, Evidence Recovery and Preservation, The Oxidation Process, Metal Preservation , Nonmetal Evidence Preservation, Fingerprints, Body movement in Water, Body Recovery in Water, Chemical and Polluted Water Diving, Light and Heavy Salvage, Vehicle Recovery, Case Preparation, Courtroom Testimony and more!

This course prepares you by building up your search skills, molding you into a true recovery diver. Our focus is on developing your underwater recovery skills which in turn increases your comfort level and your contribution to the search. This level of training can actually change an entire teams attitude, confidence and abilities to serve their communities.

As you can see, there's a lot behind the making of a true "Underwater Criminal Investigator". We believe the stronger your foundation, the better prepared you will be for what awaits you in this ever changing and demanding underwater field. Our goal at UCI is to make you a part of the investigation; a contributor to the case; and a part of the investigative team. Not just someone that's called because you have scuba gear.   

You must meet the following prerequisites:

  • You need to be an Advanced Open Water or equivalent diver with any nationally recognized diving agency or a military or commercial diver.
  • You need to be 18 years old or older
  • And a member of a law enforcement, fire, or rescue department or if you are in a position to assist your community, state or government in underwater criminal investigations or with other public safety diving assignments.

Students must supply their own scuba gear including full wet suit (or dry) with hood, gloves and two tanks. All search and recovery equipment will be provided by UCI.


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