6 new divers join Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit

Published On: May 20 2013 04:00:12 PM EDT
LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan State Police added six new divers to their Underwater Recovery Unit after they graduated Friday, according to a Michigan State Police press release. This brings the total to 26 members of the team who are strategically placed throughout the state for calls for service. 

The last dive team to graduate was eight years ago when six members graduated in April.

The Basic Dive School is a four-week intensive training program that is conducted by members of the MSP who are certified scuba instructors or National Association of Underwater Instructors.

The dive school consists of real world training with divers receiving 160 hours of classroom instruction, swimming approximately 25 miles and spending an additional 20 hours in the water during the training at various locations around the state including the Great Lakes and an MSP training tank.

The graduates received instruction in dive physics and physiology, decompression diving, assembly and disassembly of scuba gear, water entries, buoyancy control, air sharing, emergency ascents and rescue techniques.

The class also received training in the theory of diving, methods of searching in low visibility and fast water conditions, repetitive deep diving and high winds and cold water conditions.

The Underwater Recovery Unit provides diving expertise for the department in areas of body recovery, evidence collection, underwater inspections, recovery of stolen property and maritime security details.

The dive team responds to about 70 calls a year, assisting other state, local and federal departments.

The new graduates include:


             Name                                     Post

Tpr. Ronald Beckett Gaylord Post

Tpr. Shawn Reynolds Gladstone Post

Tpr. Christopher Boven Hart Post

Tpr. Dennis Brazaski Jackson Post

Tpr. Joel Kuhn Metro Post

Tpr. Jay Kurowski Tri-City Post


The views expressed below are not those of Click On Detroit, WDIV, or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus