Links to the Different UCI Courses

(Check each to discover the full range of options.)

Underwater Criminal Investigator/Public Safety Diver (UCI)

This course is designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed and survive as a true professional Public Safety Diver. This is truly a hands-on training program that involves intensive diving to prepare the public safety diver for the challenging diving conditions normally faced in this field.

Topics Covered:

  • Underwater Search Patterns
  • Evidence Locating and Preserving
  • Basic Vehicle Recovery Techniques
  • Body Recovery Techniques
  • Crime Scene Documentation
  • Crime Scene Assessment

Details:

  • Total course hours: 40 hours
  • Prerequisite: Open Water Diver

UCI Evidence Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced evidence collecting techniques. Some types of evidence presents unique challenges to the diver, this course provides instruction in techniques to recover this evidence without degrading it. As well, you will learn to develop fingerprints from a wide variety of materials that have been submerged and recovered.

Topics Covered:

  • Packaging and Evidence Handling
  • Electrolysis
  • Fingerprint Development

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Prerequisite: Underwater Criminal Investigator

UCI Body Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced body recovery techniques. Certain underwater bodies are restrained in a manner that makes them difficult to preserve and recover. Others are found to be in an advanced state of decay. This course provides the diver with techniques to overcome these obstacles.

Topics Covered:

  • Decomposed Body Bagging
  • Floating Body Bagging
  • Weighted Body Bagging Recovery Techniques
  • Conducting Detailed Grid Systems
  • Techniques for Searching for Small Physical Evidence

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Prerequisite: Underwater Criminal Investigator

UCI Vehicle Recovery Specialist

This course specifically focuses on advanced vehicle recovery techniques to include lifting vehicles with lift bags. The students will become proficient in conducting straight lifting techniques as well as vehicle flipping techniques.

Topics Covered:

  • Four Bag Vehicle Straight Lift
  • Flipping the Vehicle
  • Two Bag Vehicle Lift
  • Shore Controlled Lift

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Prerequisite: Underwater Criminal Investigator

UCI Metal Detector Specialist

This course specifically teaches all aspects of land and underwater crime scene metal detector use. The students will become highly proficient in the use of metal detectors, their function, capabilities and search techniques both in the water and on land.

Topics Covered:

  • Metal Detector Theory
  • Land Metal Detector Techniques
  • Underwater and Shallow Water Metal Detector Techniques

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Prerequisite: Underwater Criminal Investigator

UCI Master Underwater Criminal Investigator/Master Public Safety Diver

This is a course that incorporates the five courses listed above. It combines the skills and knowledge that you have received in the above listed training into 2 scenarios that challenges the UCI divers’ skills and abilities.

Topics Covered:

  • Training Scenario One
  • Training Scenario Two

Details:

  • Total course hours: 8 hours
  • Prerequisite: Underwater Criminal Investigator + four Underwater Criminal Investigator specialties
 
 

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