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When determining where to get instruction in water rescue it's important to know that who you learn from has the experience to pass on to the students.
Our experience includes deployment, as well as management, of EMS and flood rescues and response as far back as during the May 1995 New Orleans flooding. This includes working with the New Orleans Fire Dept SOD/EOC after Hurricane Katrina (LA), evacuating flooding nursing homes in an EMS capacity, just before landfall of Rita (TX), Gustave (LA), Ike (LA), part of LATF-1 for Isaac (LA), side by side in the water and in the EOC with TXTF-1 in Orange, Co. TX after Harvey (TX) and working with South Carolina State Guard after Florence (SC). We were also just outside Lake Charles, LA prior to landfall of Hurricane Laura (LA) and involved in flood rescue operations during the 2016 flooding in Washington parish. We also have experience as street paramedics and EMS management during hurricanes Danny, Georges, TS Alison and others. 

We stay practiced in what we do and earn experience in our area of expertise through the many classes we teach and missions we undertake. Beginning in 2005, Dive and Rescue team members may have been on the edge of frame of some of your favorite local shows. From K-Ville and NCIS New Orleans to feature movies Deja Vue, The Expendables, 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, The Tomb and many others. We have also provided water rescue support for many commercials as well as, Al Copeland Power Boat Racing and a decade of Ironman Triathlons, without incident.

We have been keeping people safe around water for almost three decades. We have the  practical experience your team is looking for.  

In 2016 one of the agencies that monitored and backed our training certifications wrote;  

"Mr. Fraser has trained over 3000 individuals as public safety divers and water rescue personnel for dozens of governmental agencies in his area of operation. Paul is held in the highest regard with PSDA and Water Rescue and his students and peers. (David Scoggins President PSDA 9/16/2016)

And we have not stopped since then...  The choice should be clear...

Unfortunately, there are also uncertified, unrecognized, unverified individuals and classes that we believe have never been challenged or evaluated for content by professionals in the industry. They use in-house declared " Instructors" who haven't had to prove their ability or inability, level of knowledge, or had their lack of knowledge pointed out to them by anyone with more training and experience than them in almost a decade. Is that who you want to learn from? 

Regardless who you choose to look into,  ask them:

- Who backs their training?

-Who vetted their instructors for accurate knowledge or the ability to perform and demonstrate the skills properly? 

- When was their instructors last Instructor up date and by who or what agency?
-What recognized water rescue organization will provide legal assistance should anything happen as a result of that training? 

This group uses creative, fancy and visually appealing credentials to distract from the fact that they create and issue their own credentials and titles, like "Instructor", for themselves with fancy certificates, fast talk and questionable moral compass. At least one Board Member at the time and Lead Instructor have documented histories of lying straight to faces of a West Bank Fire Chief and LSU Fire Instructor suggesting that our credentials were revoked. Assumingly to suggest wrong doing on our part. All while promoting their own classes.

Ask for verification of any instructors credentials from those who back their training. Confirm their experience and the number of classes and students they have actually had. Your safety and the safety of your men and women deserve it.  


Fluid Training for a Fluid Environment

Gulf South made, Louisiana Based, Est. 2009

Gulf State Dive and Rescue

"Fluid training for a fluid environment"



GSDR offers multiple training classes to help get you and your team trained in many water based disciplines.


-Water Safety Elements for the     Workplace(c) (GSDR) including:

 Water Safety and Survivability for the   

 Work Place  

 Safety Boat Operations for the Work     

 Place (GSDR)

-Recreational SCUBA Diving  (PADI/SDI)

-Public Safety SCUBA Diving (ERDI)

-Response Boat Operations (ERDI)

-Rescue Boat Operator (IRIA)

-Rescue Diver (PADI / SDI)

-Rescue Swimmer (ERDI)

-Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician   


-Quick Rescue Diver (GSDR)

PADI = Professional Association of Dive Instructors

IRIA = International Rescue Instructor Association 

ERDI = Emergency Response Diving International 

SDI = Scuba Diving International 

If you are interested in getting your team or yourself trained, click below, choose and schedule your classes or request to host your own classes.


Part of what we do at GSDR is community programs and even emergency response to disasters (i.e . hurricanes, floods, etc.)

Some recent examples Include: 

-Hurricane Florence, Nichols, SC

- Hurricane Harvey,  Vidor,  TX

- kiDz iN Da poOl (tm)

- Tangipahoa Parish, Residential Flood Rescue Exercise

- St Tammany Parish Sheriffs Department hosted  Polar Plunge Fund raiser for the Louisiana Special Olympics

Previous deployment history of our team members include: 

Hurricanes: Georges, Danny, Katrina, Rita, Gustave, Ike, Isaac and Harvey as well as search and recovery missions as far back  as 2004 for local agencies  such as: New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Harbor Police, New Orleans, LA EOC and US Navy, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and several more. 

If you would like to learn more or help with future or current events please click the "More info" button below!

If we are on a mission that you are currently watching in real time, you may offer assistance by TEXTING    

   "Mission Assistance - XXXX"         (XXXXX = Fuel, food, water, manpower,  vessels, resources)


to 504-362-5731

Example: "Mission Assistance- FUEL" 



Can you help?

If you can help us help the community please navigate to our "Want to get involved?" page here! or fill out the form to discuss volunteering options!


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Gulf States Dive and Rescue is a 501(c)(3) not for profit whose mission it is to help reduce the burden on government in preparation, training and response to flooding and water related emergencies by providing training, equipment and sound judgment based on years of experience working in the field of water rescue and professional marine safety .  


​Our courses are certification courses back and supported by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Scuba Diving International (SDI) as well as Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) and International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA)  Internationally recognized courses meet or exceed the requirements, standards or guidelines set forth by  NFPA, FEMA, NIMS, POST, OSHA, ANSI,  WRSTC and RSTC (based on the specific course that it applies to). 

2000- Present

2017- Present

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2004-2017 as Regional Director


Due to consistent work and classes, 


Unavailable for appointments on weekends without prior coordination 504-382-1097

Mailing Address

400 Lapalco Blvd. #308 

Gretna, Louisiana 70056

Physical Address

1530 Lapalco Blvd Ste 27

Harvey, Louisiana 70058

Office: 504-362-5731

Fax: 504-393-1232

Deployment/Mission Request


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