The technical center diving class offers various career opportunities for students


To better prepare their students for any career path they choose, the Huron Region Technical Center has instituted a new scuba program during the 2021-22 school year. And next school year, those who have passed will have the opportunity to further their training for career opportunities in law enforcement.

The class was originally created to give students a general understanding of diving and water safety.

“You’re not far from a lake, stream, or pond in Michigan,” explained law and public safety instructor Ryan Swartz, who also taught and developed the class.

Swartz took a scuba diving course when he was 16, giving him the training he needed to work with the Huron County Sheriff’s Department and teach the course.

The class gave students who took it a scuba certification from the National Association of Underwater Instructors, verifying that they have basic scuba knowledge and are certified to dive up to 60 feet.

However, juniors who have taken the course will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and become rescue divers with the next course during the 2022-23 school year. The course will focus more on the first aid side of diving, such as carrying someone in the water. He will also certify them to dive up to 90 feet.

The advanced class certification will tip the balance in favor of students if they seek public safety jobs, especially since it will prevent the department they are applying to from having to pay for the training. Full-time dive teams for public safety departments like the Michigan State Police handle things like underwater rescue, evidence recovery, and dive training for would-be officers.


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