Marine Safety, Planning and Event Coordination

​Our teams thoughts and prayer go out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. We saw many sad but also heroic and heartwarming moments. We helped all we could, took every mission handed to us and actively pursued (correctly through the EOC) additional missions. What impacted me the most was the determination and steadfast resolve that Texans will prevail and for the vast majority,  do it with strength, dignity and empathy and consideration for others around them. They are suffering, yet everyday we witnessed them donating to others. To the fuel owner at the Shell station located at hwy 62 & I-10 to the Citgo that swept me out the door when I tried to buy some supplies, to the Manager at the Walmart in Vidor, TX. Their appreciation and support was overwhelming.  

On August 29, 2017 at approximately 2200hrs Gulf States Dive and Rescue arrived at the Orange Co. Texas Emergency Operations Center to offer, at no charge or expected compensation, to assist them with flood rescue of their citizens.

​Much like after Hurricane Katrina, the major city was demanding the attention of everyone. Their population, geography, continued precipitation and many other factors required it. 

But also like Katrina, that left some of the outer lying areas uncovered and at risk, and in need of extra resources. After consulting weather maps, storm tracking, monitoring web channels dedicated to rescue to identify clusters and trends, and considering the weather we were traveling into, myself and Alan Novak, who was working navigation and external communications from New Orleans, agreed that Orange, TX is where we should offer our assistance.  

​Our team was the first to arrive while traveling through thunderous conditions from New Orleans, LA. When we arrived, the EOC staff said they were expecting another fire department and the military to arrive in a couple of hours. Later, we learned that the teams only a couple of hours behind us had to be turned back secondary to flooding and the military was going to have to start landing helos in the parking lot. 

​Our 11 man, 5 boat team consisted of:

5 Certified Rescue Boat operators

6 Certified Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technicians with additional Operations personel

​6 Rescue Swimmers

​Instructor Level:

​1 Certified Swift Water/Flood Rescue, Rescue Boat Operations, Rescue Swimmer 3

​Mission Dates: Aug 29 - Sept 2 2017

​No injuries. no damage.

​Areas of Operations:​

​S. Terry Rd and FM1442 Orange Co, TX

Terry Sudivision 

Cajun Way

​Part of Cow Bayou Area

​South to Hwy 105

​Vidor, TX

Pine Forrest area from Stephenson St and N Main, south with heavy operations through the W Tram and Pine St areas continuing south to I-10.


Classes, events and free learning opportunities

​Rescue Boat Skills​​ Example

​Rescue Boat Skills Example  

Gulf States Dive and Rescue has the experience coordinating Marine Safety for large productions feature films as well as large sporting and public awareness events.  

Check Your Gear!​​​​​​​​​​​​​
(UPDATE: Aqua Lung issued the recall notice for the SureLock II pocket handles in 2014.)
Aqua Lung recently announced it was conducting a “voluntary recall” of all SureLock II rubber weight pocket handles.
The SureLock II is the mechanical weight release system found on most Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators since 2009.
The company says in its recall notice:

“Whether you have an original rubber handle or one of the revised rubber handles from the previous recall, Aqua Lung would now like to replace it with the latest generation handle, p/n 12396. Aqua Lung is concerned about the life expectancy of both models of rubber handles. A failure may occur due to separation of the rubber, cracking, tearing or breaking. If this were to occur during a dive, the weight pocket would be left engaged inside the BC. While there are no known occurrences of this happening underwater, and there have not been any reported injuries, Aqua Lung believes that a recall is the safe and prudent thing to do. The newest generation of handle does not rely upon rubber and is considered much stronger and safer.”​and prudent thing to do.

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Rescue Boat Operations

Meets both FEMA and NIMS guidelines and credentialing. Covers both static and moving water rescue boat tactics. Recreational Basic Boater Safety  Course is required as a pre-requisite.

_Trained thousands of PSDA PADI, AHA ASHI  Students 

_ Dozens of missions in named storms and on unnamed missions

_ Movies/TV/Videos Safety

_ Live event Marine Safety

_ Public Safety dives including the successful recovery of a U.S. Naval Aviator. 

Simply put... Experience

​​​Equipment Partnerships!! "CLICK ME!"


​  DiveandRescue.com- Public Safety and Recreational SCUBA training & equipment.                      Dive and Rescue Educators Inc. has been a member in good standing since April 2016


We will be working with the New Orleans Philharomonic Orchestra April 8th 2017


​​​​​​​​​​​F​luid training for a fluid environmentSM

NFPA 1006. 1670. POST, OSHA, ANSI, RSTC and WRTC compliant training, meeting goals for certification and licensing requirements

Congratulations to NCIS: New Orleans for getting picked up for their FOURTH Season! We are very proud to be their Marine Safety team for the last 3 seasons and look forward to next season!


Recreational to Public Safety Diving, we have you covered.  Public Safety Diver, Dry Suit, Underwater Crime Scene Preservation, Deep, Underwater Nav, Search & Recovery, Night and Boat Diving, among other specialties and opportunities. 

​​Rescue Swimmer 3 Sept 5-6 NOLA, LA

SWFR Tech: Aug 27 Operations

Rescue Boat Refresher: Sept 8 NOLA, LA

NOLA Stairclimb: Sept 9 NOLA, LA 

Flood Rescue Scenario: Sept 14, Tangipahoa Parish

Gulf South made, Louisiana based - Located in the New Orleans, LA area!  Est 2009

Schedule is being reworked to meet the needs of our clients based on their backfill and overtime needs. Please call to confirm dates.

​​​​​Up coming public safety & social events:

NFPA, standards compliant, internationally recognized PSDA top water rescue certification training 

Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician

​Rescue Swimmer 3

​Industrial Water Safety Programs

Gulf States Dive and Rescue can provide first aid as well as a advanced life support services on land or at your marine location.

Water Rescue Training, Deployment, and Equipment

Office: 504362 5731   Fax: 504-361-4884

​​​​​​​​​Check Your Gear! Aqua Lung Recalling Select Powerline Inflators

Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary product update of select Powerline inflators. Powerline inflators are found on all Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators and the Apeks Black Ice Buoyancy Compensator. If you have purchased an Aqua Lung BCD/Apeks Black Ice since January 1, 2015, it will need to be inspected to determine if it meets the specific criteria and requires updating. Aqua Lung is concerned that a failure may occur during a dive, causing the Powerline to continue inflating after the inflation button has been released, increasing the potential of an uncontrolled ascent. While there have been reports of this occurring underwater, there have not been any reported injuries and Aqua Lung believes that a voluntary safety notice is the safe and prudent thing to do.

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​​Gulf States Dive and Rescue

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Public Notice:

For some, water rescue is a lot of fun. It's challenging, dangerous and hard work. But, you get to play in the water, use cool equipment, face a different challenge on just about every mission and meet some great people. This often entices some to become more interested and vested in teaching others about water rescue, which is great and we encourage everyone to share what they learn. 

But, there is a difference in learning a program that meets evolving rescue strategies in a team environment utilizing specific skills that have been tried and tested, updated, improved or if necessary, removed before or after an injury occurs and provided by certified, experienced instructors versus going to a home brew, unsanctioned, unproven program taught by instructors made in house by those who are not instructors themselves and with no recognized backing for their program and very, very questionable experience.

​​You deserve to have an instructor backed by a recognized certification authority in that discipline who makes sure information, skills and yes the instructors, meet certain standards and criteria.    

​In the health care environment, American Heart Association CPR is more than simply compressions on a chest and airway management. It's about recognition, understanding the process, personal and by-stander safety, communications, organization and implementation of skills and knowledge that is updated just about every five years. Would you accept  a CPR course from one of your subordinates provided by Joe Blow and Ricky Rescue simply because they "say" it's a good course? 

​A Certification vs Certificate of Participation or a Certificate of Course Completion, gives an individual or department the confidence that what was learned in the class they took from us is the most up to date, proven information meeting recognized international standards and shared by other First Responders whom you may have to work next to in a mutual aid environment. 

We provide experienced based, proven training that, barring any experience driven critical changes, will be very similar to the training thousands of other First Responders throughout the area have received from us.

​Would you take SCUBA lessons from someone who called himself an instructor, created his own class, but was uncertified to teach anyone? His or her course completely unrecognized by any of the various national and international organizations?  How will you feel about that 130ft below the surface?

​isn't Peace Officer Standards Training, literally training on recognized standards that POST certified L.E.s must abide by? Are those instructors certified instructors?

​Is Fire Fighter One a certification course?  EMT/Paramedic programs?

There will always be individuals who believe they can teach a subject simply because they participated in a class. But, the truth of the matter is those without real, extensive, variable experience and judgment don't know, what they don't know yet. That's why it's prudent to consider an agency who presents that experience and voluntarily utilizes third party oversight to ensure you are receiving the most accurate, up to date and uniformly consistent training from agency to agency, that can be provided.    

It may be that their drive to be helpful that brings them up short when considering the ramifications of a department that unknowingly accepts training that can be immediately questioned when brought up in a civil or criminal investigation. If we are questioned regarding our training, it is not us that certifies the training. It is the certification organization that issues the cards after certain documented didactic and physical benchmarks are met and  demonstrated mastery of skills performed. For us to testify on our own training ,as well as our progams, with no backing or recognition in our industry would be bias and mean nothing in a court of law.

Some organizations may not have the legal means, finances, clout or recognition to defend their training in court. Their own testimony on their own training be can easily considered a bias, conflict of interest. With this in mind, who is left to defend your training? This means that if you, one of your team members, victims or their family, civilly sue you and your department for death or injury, their program has very  little teeth to protect you or your department from liability. Our program with the Public Safety Diving Association is recognized internationally and will back your training.

Many times, regardless of the actions, or even inactions of your team,  serious expensive civil litigation can be filed against you and your department. You can be sure that our internationally recognized, standards compliant training will hold up in court. Training is always one of the first aspects looked at after an incident.   

Some organizations write there own programs with no over site and no backing at all. Information could be out dated, incomplete, perhaps void of any experience based trial or possibly removed from practice after repeated failures in the field. 


We have followed the same training model for 16 years. We are in good standing with multiple internationally recognized training and support agencies. We have a superior safety record, despite working in very realistic training conditions with rocks, debris, deadly hydrology, live props, currents, narrow foot prints and often novice participants. We utilize the newest technology, proven equipment and we bring to you an international network of professionals and experts in their field. From doctors to boat builders and commercial divers to recreational and public safety divers, retail to rentals, we have you covered.

There is no substitution for longevity, training, practice, experience and judgment. We have been teaching water rescue for 17 years and actually work in the subjects we teach. This is our primary job.

Caution should be heeded anytime you find out that your instructor holds no certifications, or certified instructor training, from any recognized certification agency to teach the subjects you may be requesting.

These instructors may have:

  • Honesty issues- In at least two cases in both north and south Louisiana the "lead instructor " and an actual Board Member  of another group made face to face accusations to potential clients of ours that all of our certifications were revoked and that our training was "null and void" while at the same time advertising their own unsanctioned class using certified instructors (Sept 17, 2016) when they don't really have certified water rescue instructors (Jan/2017).

  • (For the record, we have never received so much as an admonishment letter in the 12 years we have been teaching for PSDA. Much less have anything revoked. But this is the same group that is profiting off a boat they stole from Jim Segerstrom, the creator of the first swift water program in the U.S. in 1979 (Yellow RDC). When Jim died I guess they decided that their moral and ethical obligation to return his equipment no longer existed. (11/16)

  • No third party backing- This means that their curriculum has not been audited for accuracy and practical skills taught may be based on limited, or void of any, practical experience in realistic conditions if at all. IE, teaching a rescue boat class or rescue swimmer class without actually ever having taken any formal training on the subject.

  • Programs, information or web photos are often lifted from other sites to populate their web presence. Appearing to make it look like that experience is their own. 

  • ​They write their own cards or provide a certificate of participation, or similar, unrecognized by any experienced water rescue professional in the industry while touting NFPA compliance. But just FYI ,we can teach you technical garbage pick up that meets NFPA compliance.

  • Lack vetting by experts in their field of their current physical capability to teach, convey, demonstrate and also be able to rescue a student when things don't go as planned while using little more than other students to conduct the rescue. We had the fortunate opportunity to learn from the pioneer that created the first swift water rescue program in the United State in 1979, Jim Segerstrom. Our lead instructor had to intern for two years and travel to other states teaching and swimming in their rivers before his instructor certification was granted.                

There are multiple types of learners. Teaching is more than simply standing up and regurgitating things someone heard in a class that was taken who knows when. It's about understanding and mastery of knowledge and skills. Recorded by PSDA, we have taught thousands of students our program and have mastered the art of student understanding of aquatic emergencies.


This is not  a discipline where everyone should get a  blue ribbon  for participation.             


​​How can you avoid one of these instructors or self proclaimed water rescue training agencies?

Ask to meet the instructor. When you do, ask him or her to bring:

  1. Proof of general and professional liability insurance.
  2. Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance for additional instructors.
  3. Ask them to bring copies of previous class rosters. They won't let you copy the info, but it will provide you info on the number of classes that instructor has taught, what classes and when the last class was taught.
  4. Lastly, ask who backs their training and who issues the cards. If it's done in-house,  is it worth the paper it's written on?   

​​If you plan to take additional training, build on this training later or need refresher training and your uncertified instructor or unrecognized organization falls by the wayside, who will accept your training? PSDA is an internationally recognized training agency and we have been teaching with them for 13 years. Neither agencies accept unrecognized training without backing from a reputable agency or author.