All members of the team are trained in rescue diving and
are nationally certified public safety divers. They keep their
skills sharp with intense monthly training that requires diving
with a blacked out mask to test decision making in zero
visibility conditions. Dive skills and knowledge are continually
tested by creating high stress situations above and below water
to ensure divers are always ready for actual dive operations.
They also train to jump out of the police helicopter and to
repel down Tampa's bridges for rescue operations. Divers stay
physically fit with regular swims across Tampa Bay.