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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?
In at least one case, with the same organization, after just simply sitting in a class one time (one of mine), they dubbed that individual as Lead Instructor on that topic... who then created more "instructors", making more inexperienced instructors. Coincidently, those same instructors had an incident during their first independent class. It's not their fault. It is a reflection of their "instructor trainers"
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
I apologize to those of you who may have found the above inappropriate. Normally I would agree. But over the years I have tolerated despicable lies cast upon our programs, our charity work and our people. Now they want to disparage our safety record. Basically, the group who has trained a few dozen in totality (most of those being the same depts and repeat refresher training) and has never had to read or swim anything more turbulent than a few hundred feet of the Pearl River in MS/LA. And in that capacity, managed to pin a fire fighter to sheet piling working on a side of the river they should have never been on to start with. It's also my understanding they were a significant part of the reason, from an omission of information POV, another FF received several injuries that required months of work comp, These are the ones calling me dangerous. I really cannot abide by that any longer.
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
Safety Boat Operations for the Work
-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)
Example: "Mission Assistance- FUEL"
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US
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).
2004-2017 as Regional Director
Due to consistent work and classes,
AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Unavailable for appointments on weekends without prior coordination 504-382-1097
400 Lapalco Blvd. #308
Gretna, Louisiana 70056
1530 Lapalco Blvd Ste 27
Harvey, Louisiana 70058