Members of the Sheriff's Dive Team must meet stringent training requirements that ensure that divers are proficient in the latest diving techniques.
- Dive Team must all minimally be certified to the Rescue Diver Certification Level.
- Dive Team train on a monthly basis and average at least one call-out each week.
Because of the amount of shoreline of Contra Costa County, including the Delta, Bay-Area lakes, and reservoirs, the Dive Team is called to respond to a large variety of calls.
The Dive Team has responded for assistance from agencies requesting evidence recovery missions, in-water suspect searches, and body recoveries from drownings. Because of the waters of the Delta, the divers often operate in zero-visibility waters with swift currents.
- Be at least 21 years of age.
- Hold a current California Driver's License.
- Be a certified diver with a minimum of Rescue Certification or equivalent experience.
- Be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
- Complete an oral board interview.
- Complete a general knowledge written examination.
- Pass a basic swim test and underwater skill assessment.
- Possess your own underwater diving equipment.
The Volunteer Services Unit is continually accepting applications for the Sheriff's Dive Team.