Saturday, November 12, 2011

Water Response Training Council (WRTC) newly formed on November 4, 2011

Press Release:

November 12, 2011

Seven (7) US-based public safety diving training agencies came together Friday, November 4, 2011, in a round-table meeting/discussion at the DEMA Show venue in Orlando, Florida. The outcome of this initial meeting was the formation of the Water Response Training Council (WRTC).

The council's charter is to improve the safety of public safety divers and consumers through development of minimum training standards.

The following agencies participated and are considered founding members: Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI), International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD), Life Guard Systems (LGS), Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), US Water Rescue, Public Safety Diving Association (PSDA), and Dive Rescue International (DRI).

The WRTC's initial tasks will be working on by-laws and the minimum training standards.

The next meeting of the Water Response Training Council will take place early next year.