Congratulations to our Operations Manager, Paul Fraser, who was recently invited to become one of two representatives for the United States as a member of the new IRIA Advisory Board for the newly re-organized, International Rescue Instructors Association,


Paul will be joining internationally recognized experts in their field and country to build and shape a new globally restructured IRIA for  2020 and beyond. Additional water rescue  professionals include: 

Adam Laurie - Canada

James Rodger - Canada

Lars Hodeovervann - Norway

Mat Caccaro – Canada

Mitch Sasser – Chile

Paul Fraser – USA

Shawn Alladio – USA



Jim Lavalley – IRIA Director

Michael Stegemann – IRIA Director





When determining where to get instruction in swift water and flood rescue, it's important to know that who you learn from has the experience to pass on to the students. 


Its only Feb 2020 and already TF teams in MS are conducting water rescues as the Pearl River is seeing flooding (38ft) unlike anything seen since 1983 (39,58ft)  

Our experience includes flood rescues and response after May 1995 New Orleans flooding, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustave, Harvey and 2016 flooding in Washington parish along with additional deployments during  Ike, Isaac and Florence in  S.Carolina as well as experience as street medics during Danny, Georges, TS Alison and others.

To date we've trained more than 3000* students up to 2016 in various level of public safety water rescue/response . Between 2016 through 2019 - 385* full 48hr certifications just as Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technicians. When we add Rescue Boat, Rescue Swimmer and PS SCUBA and Rescue SCUBA, the choice becomes clear...

Dive and Rescue provides the most experienced 

Fluid training for a fluid  environment


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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 take a short cut and click the donate button below or fill out the form to discuss volunteering options!



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




2004-2017 as Regional Director


To schedule a meeting at the office with our Operations Manager, Paul Fraser, please call or text "meet me" to 504-382-1097 someone will call you right back!


Tues-Sat 10a-6pm,

Closed from 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Physical Address

1530 Lapalco Blvd Ste 27

Harvey, Louisiana 70058

Office: 504-362-5731

Fax: 504-393-1232

Deployment/Mission Request


Mailing Address

400 Lapalco Blvd. #308 

Gretna, Louisiana 70056


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