Water Rescue Training, Deployment and Equipment

​       Office: 504-362-5731  Fax: 504-393-1232

​​Gulf States Dive and Rescue

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.  


​ New Orleans, LA area: Technician level training 

Nov  5, 2016

On Sept, 10th 2016 several of GSDR team members could be seen at the New Orleans 9/11 memorial stair climb remembering our First Responder

brothers and sisters! What ​a great inaugural event! We look forward to volunteering again next year. Great job Neil Navarro! 

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.

A Lead Instructor with over 3000 PSDA Students, more when considering PADI, AHA and ASHI students...

More than12 Named Storms...

55+ Movies/TV/Videos...

20+ Live events...

Over a dozen volunteer missions, including the successful recovery of USN Aviator, Lt. C. Wermers...

Simply put... Experience

Equipment  Partnerships

Our equipment partners can meet any of your equipment needs. Including: water rescue PPE, exposure protection, rescue boats, reach devices 

​​​​​​​​Dive and Rescue has provided the local water safety teams for Premier Event Management since 2009

​​​​​​​​​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

Oct 23, 24, 25, 2016


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. 

Louisiana made, Louisiana proud! Located in the New Orleans, LAarea!  Est 2009


​Next class: Harvey, LA area: Awareness all three days. One day class will count toward the winter or spring 2017 PSDA Operations and Technician courses.

Nov 19, 20 & 21  2016

​It's getting closer! November 2016 will be the one year mark of Paul's "One Year Project." Last November, Paul stopped cutting his hair and has been growing it out to be cut and donated to kids with illnesses. We will keep you posted on the progress and the CUT! 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ALERT RE: Water Rescue training in SOUTH AND NORTH LOUISIANA.

Are you being contacted by self proclaimed water rescue instructors with no recognized backing and questionable credentials? They are certainly out there.  

Unfortunately, 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 experience and judgment don't know, what they don't know. 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.    

In some cases people will take advantage of circumstances, like flooding, to meet goals that most would question or simply to make a name for themselves based on an isolated event. 

Often they don't consider the safety or legal ramifications of teaching a subject that can be extremely dangerous to the rescuer, the victim and even bystanders.

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 agencies. We have a superior safety record, we utilize the newest, 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, we have you covered.

There is no substitution for longevity, training, practice, experience and judgment. We have been teaching water rescue for 16 years and actually work in the subjects we teach.

Consideration  should be given anytime you find out that an instructors' credentials were involuntarily pulled by the certification agency that issued them.

Many of these instructors have:

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

  • Programs or information or web photos are often lifted from the internet or other means. 

  • ​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.​  


  • And in at least two cases in north and south LA and  MS, have flat out lied in order to deceive students, law enforcement and fire chiefs into enrolling in their courses  by telling people our credentials were revoked and that  our training is "null and void"- Absolutely untrue by the way. We have never received so much as a admonishment letter , much less any discipline action, suspension or termination.                    

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.


Anyone can call themselves anything. 

However, would you want:                                                 

"Joe Blow" mechanic working on your car, or a certified mechanic?  

A certified Emergency Room Physician or...not?  A certified welder, or just some guy who can afford to buy the gear?​ 

Or how about a certified search dog vs just a smart mutt?

No, of course not. There is no difference here. We do not issue your certification cards. The Public Safety Diving Association and Water Rescue Inc. does, after completion of all requirements.

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


​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 could be easily considered 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, 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.

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 12 years. Neither agencies accept unrecognized training without backing from a reputable agency or author. 

​​​​​​​​​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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​Do you drain your pool every winter? Perhaps you just cover it for future use? If you cover your pool with water still in it, there are risks you should be aware of when the kids or grandkids are around. 

This was shot with professional stunt men and women. After seeing the interaction of the fabric and the water against the body and it's ability to restrict movement or useful paddling, I thought it was a pretty good visual of what can happen when someone falls into a loose cover or one that comes loose or rips at the edges and collapses inward.  Keep the kids safe. Covered pools can still be dangerous pools.

Nov 12 or 13  2016

Marine Safety, Planning and Event Coordination


​ New Orleans, LA area: Operations level only

​​​This is a newly rebuilt site. We are still tweaking it, so please check back soon for more great info, classes and events

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

Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician

​Rescue Swimmer 3

​Industrial Water Safety Programs

Nov , 2016


​Next class: Indoor pool New Orleans, LA area 

Date: November 15 & 16 or 19 & 20- REGISTER NOW! 


Classes, events and free learning opportunities


Sept 10, 2016