Training operations covers various topics including ice rescue, water rescue, body recovery, search patterns, underwater photography & evidence collection, vehicle recovery, swift water & current diving, underwater navigation, low visibility & night diving as well as hovercraft operations. In addition to this training, team members are required to perform an annual physical agility swim test & demonstrate proficiency in basic scuba skills.
Allegan County Waters
Divers are prone to exposure in various types of waters within and around Allegan County. These waters include 25 miles of Lake Michigan, over 277 inland lakes which are 2 acres or more in size, the Kalamazoo, Rabbit & Black Rivers and other smaller rivers, streams and tributaries; not to mention a vast amount of smaller farm ponds and pools. Many of these bodies of water are contaminated and have low to zero visibility.
Water Safety & Education
The Dive Team also presents various programs for schools and community groups on Water Safety and Diving Information. Children drown quickly and silently in a matter of seconds. Adults who are present when a child drowns are often distracted in some way like talking on the phone or texting, chatting with friends or other adults, or reading. The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team encourages adults to participate in the Safe Kids Water Watcher Program. http://www.safekids.org/water