The SCLEDA fall training will take place on October 24-26th at 0800 hrs. at Lexington County Sheriff’s Department located at 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072. Further training will be held at the Bundrick Island Marine Patrol Station.

Registration (0800-0830 at the station office) Training will begin promptly at 0830hrs.

The training will consist of 1 day of classroom education followed by 2 days of open water diving. The training will encompass an introduction to heavy lifting and recovery.

There will be four stations where participants will learn how to safely rig and recover:

• Plane/Jet ski

• Boat

• Car

• Anchor (staged lift)

Participants also get an opportunity to obtain certification from International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD) – “Introduction to Heavy Lifting and Recovery” for an additional $75.00

Registration is $5.00 per person or $25.00 per a team of 4 or more. This is in lieu of the yearly membership fees due to the pandemic.

Lunch will be provided at a cost of $5.00 per person for training days 2 and 3. Lunch on day 1 will be on your own

All teams planning to attend, please email the SCLEDA President Greg Barefoot ( by Monday, September 26, 2022 with the following information;

• Name of your team.
• Name of team members
• Type of dive equipment you will be bringing, dive truck w/cascade system, dive trailer, individual dive gear etc.

Note: Air fill stations will be limited so provide enough dive tanks for your team members for the day, if possible.

Diving News

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Diver's Association
2020 Spring Training Event
Underwater Vehicle Search and Recovery

When: May 4-6 (3 Days)
Where: Lexington, SC

Additional Information: Registration is $100 for members and $150 for non members lunch included. Last registration accepted April 15, 2020. Limited to 50 students and counts toward 21 hours of continuing education.

Lodging Recommendation (SCLEDA Sponsor):

Wingate by Wyndham
108 Saluda Pointe Ct
Lexington, SC 29072

Call (803) 957-5000 for pricing and booking information.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Diver's Association
2019 Spring Training Event
Plane Crash Scenario

When: April 23-24 (Tues and Wed)
Where: Lexington, SC

Additional Information: Registration is $50.00 for current members, $75 for new members, and $100 for non-members.

Topics: Water movement, plane crash hazards, search priorities, incident command, recovered items, assisting agency considerations

Classroom Time: 8:00 AM
Classroom Location: Lexington County Sheriff's Department, 521 Gibson Rd, Lexington, SC, 29072
Dive Location: 1498 Brady Porth Road, Lexington, SC 29072
Lodging Recommendation (SCLEDA Sponsor):

Wingate by Wyndham
108 Saluda Pointe Ct
Lexington, SC 29072

Call (803) 957-5000 for pricing and booking information.

Click here to download registration form (PDF).
Click here to download membership form (PDF).
The diving community, law enforcement community, SCLEDA, and so many more have tragically lost the recently elected SCLEDA Vice President and SCDNR SSG Rhett Sease Bickley, Jr.

Please see the below obituary. More information can be obtained through

SSG Rhett Sease Bickley, Jr., SCDNR, 49, died Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was born in Hartsville, SC, on April 2, 1969 to Rhett Sease Bickley, Sr. and Nancy Roper Bickley. SSG Bickley was a US Army veteran and attended Clemson University. He was employed for more than 19 years in various capacities with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. SSG Bickley was most recently assigned to SCDNR Investigations Section, supervising the Aids to Navigation Team and the Dive Team. He was an outdoors enthusiast who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. SSG Bickley never met a stranger and will be remembered for his friendly demeanor and genuine personality.

Surviving in addition to his parents, Rhett and Nancy Bickley of Augusta, GA, are his wife, Ashley Turkett Bickley; step-son, Dylan Barfield of Blythewood; sister, Erin Bickley Taylor (Rick) of Augusta; brother, Seth M. Bickley (Sheryl) of Lexington; brother, Michael R. Bickley of Westminster; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5 until 8 o’clock, at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Ext., Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SC Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers' Association, PO BOX 2481, Sumter, SC 29151, in memory of Staff Sergeant Rhett Bickley.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Diver's Association
Swift Water Rescue and Recovery
Spring Training Event

When: April 24-25 (Tues and Wed)
Where: Saluda Shoals Park - 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia, SC
Lodging: Available through Wingate by Wyndham – Lexington

Additional Information: Registration is $25.00 for members, $35 for non-members.

Click here to download registration form (PDF).

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Diver's Association
The Fourth Annual Diver's Seminar

When: September 20-21 (Tues and Wed)
Where: Ravenel, SC
Meals: Lunch will be provided each day

Scope of Training
- Body Recovery (From Under A Boat)
- Crime Scene Techniques
- Body Recovery (Jack Stay)
- Grid Search Techniques
- Decontamination Areas
- Diver Down/Rescue

Additional Information: Divers will be broken into three groups and rotate stations. Continuing education credit will also be assessed. For more information contact a SCLEDA Board Member and for registration inquiries contact Jane Powell, the SCLEDA Treasurer. Registration is $25.00 for members, $35 for non-members, and $200 for vendors.
The Charleston Police Department will be hosting an Emergency Response Diving International ERD II course March 21-25, 2016.

The ERD II program is designed to enable the student to develop detailed knowledge and advanced skills in emergency response diving. It also serves as a base to develop experience and as a prerequisite for ERD II level Ops Components and ERDI Supervisor. This course may be taught in conjunction with ERD I Diver at the discretion of the instructor.

Check the member's traning section for more details.
The Charleston Police Department will be hosting an Emergency Response Diving International ERD 1 course October 19-23, 2015.

This first level Emergency Response Diving Course is designed to give the certified open water diver, or open water certified public safety diver, the fundamental skills needed to safely function as part of an OSHA and NFPA compliant public safety dive team in both the diver and tender roles.

Check the member's traning section for more details.
SCLEDA Board Member Schedule

April 28, 2015 - Greenville County, 150 Thurston Road, Taylors, SC. Once entering the complex, go straight to the "T" and take a right. At the driving course, take a left and go up the hill. Meet in the classroom at the top.

May 26, 2015 - Richland*
June 23, 2015 - Sumter*

Monthly board meetings will be every 4th Tuesday of the month on a rotating location basis. If you or your agency is interested in hosting a facility and would like to be placed on the rotation, please contact a SCLEDA Board Member through the 'Contact Us' page.

* Exact address is TBD and will be made available.
Interested in finding out more about SCLEDA and what SCLEDA offers for you or your team?

Join the SCLEDA Board Members in an upcoming meeting where you can see what goes on first hand and have your questions answered. The meeting location will be changing monthly to allow for participation from agencies in various parts of the state. Contact a board member in the 'Contact Us' section to find out details on attending a meeting.


November 18, 2014 1000 - York
515 S Cherry Rd
Rock Hill, SC

December - OFF

The newly designed SCLEDA website and database system was officially released.

The new features allow for integration into the SCLEDA system with a single access point for all information, better promoting the SCLEDA mission. These additional features include access to view and contact all members of SCLEDA, member news, training dates and information, unit and equipment capabilities, a centralized database for statewide resources and group emailing capabilities for quicker dissemination of SCLEDA related news and official business. Features and capabilities of the SCLEDA system are being added regularly, so please check back often.

If you are a current member with an account under the old system and are unable to log in to the new system, please submit a new member account registration request. SCLEDA administrators will verify and accept your membership as quickly as possible, in order to provide the least amount of interruption to your access.
From: Faith Ortins
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:44 PM
To: Mabry, Brent
Subject: NFPA 1953 Protective Ensembles for Contaminated Water Diving Now Open for Public Input!

Hello everyone,

As most of you know, for the past two years, DUI has been part of a committee drafting the new NFPA 1953 Standard for Contaminated Water Diving Equipment. As the first standard of its kind, 1953 will have an impact on all public safety dive teams: fire, law enforcement and volunteer. We strongly believe input from those of you in the field is necessary to improve upon the work that has begun.

As someone who has an interest in improving the safety of public safety diving, we hope all of you will read the standard and actively participate by providing input. Here is how to do it:

Please use the following link to get to the standard, click on new edition tab and follow directions. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. Don't worry, it is free and easy! If you have any problems accessing please let me know.

You must comment before January 4, 2013. If possible, we would love to know if you are participating in the public input stage as we do not want to keep updating those who are not interested. So please let us know if you would like to remain involved in the input process. Thank you so much for your interest.

Faith Ortins
Vice President, Sales
Diving Unlimited International, Inc.
San Diego, California USA
619.236.1203 800.325.8439 x313
Richland County Sheriff's Department Underwater Recovery Unit becomes the first dive team to be typed in South Carolina. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assessed the RCSD U.R.U. and was typed as a FEMA approved (under 508-6) as a Type II team.
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