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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Municipal Rescue Diver (SOC 300)


Version 1, 2, and 3: 100 hours (10 days).

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.
Version 1: May 2002 - August 2007. Version 2: September 2007 - June 2011. Version 3: July 2011 - Present
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2 and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: engage in open water rescue dive activities in various bodies of water in New York City (beaches, lakes, rivers) to safely mitigate in underwater emergencies, plan and exercise underwater search and rescue, in- water fire fighting, buddy rescue and self-rescue. Students effectively assess fast-moving currents and recognize conditions that may present extreme danger to rescue divers; and utilize effective search techniques for the search area(s). 


Version 1, 2 and 3: Major topics include: skin/scuba equipment and techniques safety procedures, dry and wet suits, AGA and scuba regulations, line tender responsibilities, tethered and un-tethered, line searches, environmental dangers, dive planning and safety, underwater compass, physics/physiology, buddy breathing-safe, limited visibility diving, penetration dives, confined space dive, surf entries, ice diving, buoyancy checks/skills, search and recovery, blackout mask, head first surface dives, feet first surface dives, anchor retrieval, open water dive, underwater navigator, night dive, searches-fan and pier walk, and in-water firefighting.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Physical Education, Recreation, or Fire Science (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Physical Education or 2 semester hours in Physical Education and 1 semester hour in Fire Science (11/07) (6/11 revalidation) (7/16 revalidation) (6/21 revalidation). NOTE: Marine Maintenance and Rescue Diver Support (SOC 252) and Municipal Rescue Diver (SOC 300) overlap in content. The total maximum recommended credit for the successful completion of both courses is 4 semester hours.