October 13, 2023 / Tim Andro

ERDI Underwater Criminal Investigation Course Jan 6-7, 2024

Welcome to the first steps towards shedding mediocrity and stepping up your underwater recovery game – We’re glad you’re here!!

There is a lot of information contained on this page… so make sure you get to the bottom.

What is this course about?

The purpose of the ERDI Underwater Crime Scene Investigations program is to provide necessary skills and knowledge in performing underwater crime scene investigations, preservation and proper documentation for court ready testimony.

We teach you the real skills behind properly collecting evidence underwater…

These divers are fully capable of carrying a criminal investigation into a body of water, in a way where their findings are acceptable and admissible in criminal court and can be used to prosecute wrong-doers.

The Course Details

Course Title: ERDI Underwater Crime Scene Investigation

Course Date: January 6-7, 2024 8AM to 5PM both days

Location: 100 Miller Road, Mahwah, NJ

Or Online! Read More.

Overview of the Program

UWCSI courses are for law enforcement and emergency response personnel (firefighters) who may be first on the scene of a underwater crime scene investigation.

Responders are expected to understand the constitution, responding, preparing the crime scene, death investigations, medical aspects, fingerprints, characteristics of bodies in water, recovery procedures, and court ready documentation.

Students will not need any dive gear, as this is primarily a lecture and indoor hands-on course.

This course is open to sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and/or other members of a recognized public safety dive team. That includes non-diving personnel such as shore personnel, tenders, and support personnel.

UWCSI Online

We realize that not everyone can travel distances just to attend a class.

But that is no reason this material should be closed to you!

That is why we also live-stream the core of this entire course for remote students, at a reduced rate!

Not only will our remote students experience the lecture in real-time (with all presentation materials) but they will also be able to interact with the instructors and other students. Just like they were sitting in the classroom!

Remote students will also receive their ERDI UWCSI certification, but miss out on the multiple hands-on stations on Sunday afternoon. (Read about the differences here.)

Topics We Will Cover (all students)

  1. The Constitution
    a. Bill of Rights
    b. Fourth, fifth, sixth and 14th amendments
    c. Reasonable expectations of privacy
    d. Plainview doctrine
    e. Case studies
  2. Terms and Definitions Used in Industry
  3. Establish Crime Scene
  4. Witness Interviewing
  5. Types of Evidence
  6. Methods Photographing and Sketching the Scene
  7. Decomposition Processes
  8. Death Investigation
  9. Physiology of Drowning
  10. Body Recovery, Reporting and Handling Procedures
  11. Securing Evidence- Metal and Nonmetal Evidence Preservation
  12. Packaging and Submitting Evidence
  13. Scuba-Accident or Fatality Investigation
  14. Fingerprint Analysis-Underwater Fingerprinting
  15. Case Studies-911 Calls
  16. Videos
  17. Red Flags With Investigations
  18. Develop Court Ready Documentation

In-Person vs Remote Learner

Both in-person and remote students will receive the same core portions of the course, and receive their certification.

The advantage of in-person learning is all the hands-on material covered on Sunday afternoon (which remote learners will not receive).

That Includes:

  • Methods of handling evidence to preserve trace evidence (with real evidence to practice with)
  • Scene mapping project with aids and instructor support
  • Body bagging practical to preserve evidence

***Students who complete the entire program (online or in-person) will receive their Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) Underwater Crime Scene Investigation certification. ***

“Until Tim retires you can trust that every single one of the divers on my team will receive instruction from and certify with him and his staff before they are a fully rated Public Safety Diver. “


Tim Andro and his instructors are this generation’s new standard bearers for the practice, and instruction of Public Safety Diving. Tim along with his staff including James (F. and W.), Eric, Nick, and John have been providing me personally and the Dive Team that I lead in Pennsylvania with ERDI instruction for the last year. In that time we have pushed 8 divers through his program and have received invaluable instruction that has built experience, capability, and fostered a passion and dedication for public safety diving on our team.

Above everything else I want to protect the members of my team and ensure their safety – the best way to do that is to ensure that they have the tools and knowledge to operate professionally, and ensure their personal safety and the safety of their fellow team members. Tim’s training builds SAFE, effective teams.

Until Tim retires you can trust that every single one of the divers on my team will receive instruction from and certify with him and his staff before they are a fully rated Public Safety Diver.

Nicholas Jennings, Spring Mills Fire Co. #1

Even though we both know this opportunity is a no-brainer, I want to make sure you understand exactly how much you are being offered…

Special Guest Speaker

Ronald G. Weller

Ron is an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney in Connecticut. He has been a prosecutor for over 25 years, handling everything from quadruple homicides to ticket scalping. Ron is also an adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac Law School and has taught at University of Connecticut Law School, and provided training for police officers at the Connecticut Police Academy.

Ron is also a PADI Scuba Instructor at Scuba Shack in Rocky Hill, CT. He has assisted in scuba training for Public Safety dive teams and has provided training on evidence recovery and criminal trial procedures. Ron will be presenting on scuba fatality cases and has a load of information to share about how this cases played out in the court system.

Why you should be enrolling in the ERDI Underwater Crime Scene Investigator course taught by Northeast Public Safety Divers ?

This is not just another “certification-farming” course, full of information taken from other classes and redistributed to you.

Now that we’re basically friends, I feel comfortable telling you that peddling other instructor’s stuff is irresponsible, dishonest… and straight up bullshit.

And anyone can read a book before trying to teach you what’s in it.

Again, bullshit.

If there’s anything that really adds to the depth of a lesson… it’s actual experience working with the material in the real world, under real emergency conditions.

That’s why all of our staff divers are active experienced public safety divers on active teams that regularly answer calls for evidence location and recovery.

– AND –

We teach hundreds of public safety divers a year, all over the country, on the technical aspects of public safety diving.


Recently spent four days training under NEPSD. I traveled four and a half hours outside my state to make this training, so my anxiety was high on having a quality experience. I was not disappointed.

It has been ten years since I have left the Marine Corps, not since then have I run across a training package so well put together with a cadre whose passion mirrored their knowledge.

If you are a Public Safety Diver and you are in search for a source that will not only teach you, but will guide you and your team to a successful path in this field, stop reading, and go sign up with this crew. You’d be hard pressed to find better. I’d hang my helmet on that statement.

-Lt. Robertson
Lowell Fire Department
Lowell, Ma
Dive Team

– AND –

We insist on teaching with an interactive environment

Ever sat through a boring lecture where all you do is listen to someone talk for hours with no break, and no change?

Our classes are the complete opposite!

We will pose engaging questions, help you work through the concepts instead of just dumping them on you, and get you up and moving with props, containers, demonstrations, tools, and examples.

What you take from this class will be largely determined by what you put into it.

The instructors will not leave until you understand what we’re teaching

Have you ever had a class or course end… but you still had questions?

And your only choice was to stand near the instructor awkwardly while they packed up… Hoping they would notice you and come over?

That won’t be happening here.

We will not leave until every student has all their questions answered… even if it takes another couple hours.

Yes, we have been accidentally locked inside a lecture hall because the maintenance staff thought we were long gone…

Yes, we’ve arrived home at midnight because a concept wasn’t addressed enough…

Yes, we leave class only to meet up and have staff meetings for another few hours… JUST to make sure we cover it all.

And we’ll do it the same way every time.

If you are interested in public safety / emergency rescue diving training with NPSD is a must...”


“Northeast Public Safety Divers is an elite training organization that will turn your team into a unit that can operate at a high level. If you are interested in public safety / emergency rescue diving training with NPSD is a must. Tim Andro is the leader and organizer of this training organization and he brings a ton of experience and organizational skills to the table. Tim is supported by a team of individuals who have a wide variety of diving skills and experiences. In addition to learning the technical details and insightful advice, your team’s culture will undergo a metamorphosis in which you will emerge bonded and with immense trust in your fellow divers, tenders, and additional dive team support staff. I would give NPSD my highest recommendation in the world of public safety diving.

Austin Frank, former student


From beginning of class via email to the handshake at the completion of the class, the instructors showed nothing but care and consideration to our learning. No matter what situation happened, Tim and his team were there to calm, correct, and make sure you executed the plan. Great group of instructors and a great certification to have.

Andrew Cowan, Former Student

Bonuses! You get more than just the class!

Your New Family

Every one of our students becomes part of our family, a role we take seriously.

That means you can call any one of us, at any time, for advice, questions, help on how to approach a scene or problem… or we might even show up if you got something good going on.

Honestly, the coolest thing for an instructor is to receive a consultation call at an odd hour… because your students are out there doing the job you trained them for and they want to know even more.

Our commitment to provide you with the most comprehensive information does not end when you leave the building. You will have our cell phone numbers, personal email, social media, etc. All at your encouraged disposal.

Your Textbook

As part of this course you will receive a brand new copy of the Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations, Second Edition (normally $55).

This is widely considered “the Bible” of underwater crime scene investigation and we will spend a good bit of time referencing it.

That is yours to keep and refer to when needed.

Breakfast and Lunch!

We will provide coffee, drinks, breakfast and lunch at the classroom location, on both days. Can’t beat that.

If you want to be at the top of your game of PSD, you need to give the NEPSD a serious try. Their methods and attitude are what our industry need.


Northeast Public Safety Divers takes the training of members of the PSD community serious. The most memorable item that I learned was that Tim Andro gave his personal e-mail and stated that this is a lifetime commitment between all the students and him personally. Learning doesn’t end and that if, as one of his students, you have a question you need to call. That level of commitment is amazingly reassuring.

If you want to be at the top of your game of PSD, you need to give the NEPSD a serious try. Their methods and attitude are what our industry need.”

Louis Schnibbe, former student

The Cost

This course is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill diver class…

The majority of the lecture material is based specifically on the instructors’ personal experience as public safety divers performing evidence recoveries, and formal training and experience as a law enforcement officer.

In other words… there are large parts of this class that you won’t be getting anywhere else.

Students will also receive:

  • A brand-new copy of the Encyclopedia of Underwater Investigations (normally $55)
  • Coffee, Drinks, Breakfast and Lunch on both days in the classroom
  • ERDI Certification card
  • Sign up more the three team members and receive the first tier of our consulting program https://northeastpsd.com/nepsd-consultation-program/ free during this same weekend.

Similar courses offered by other instructors with less experience can run $1600 – $2000 a spot…

For us, our course built on the fundamentals of evidence recovery and backed by years of experience…

Is available for just $1,200 a student (in-person)

OR –

$995 (remote).

Remember, in-person gets you additional hands-on skills and techniques not available to remote learners.

A deposit of only $299 is needed to secure your seat…

And the remaining balance due no less than three weeks (21 days) before the start of the class (Dec. 18th).

Payments can be made via credit card through our fully-secure payment processing gateway.

Department Purchase Orders are fully accepted, and a signed PO will secure your spot.


Took the UW CSI class on 1/8/2022 &1/9-2022, wow what an excellent class! While the content was very interesting, I truly believe it was the instructors that made this class what it was. Their passion was seen in every scenario and presentation. They truly are there for you to better yourself. They were always open to questions and always gave extra time to ensure everyone was heard. I urge you to take a class with NEPSD you won’t be disappointed, they truly bring training to a whole new level.

Andy Burdette, former student

Fair warning: There are only 30 student spots for this class.

If you need to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund… No problem!

You must do so in writing before December 1st, 2023 (for a full refund) and before January 1st, 2024, for a 50% refund minus the cost of your textbook ($55).

Textbooks will be mailed to your house four weeks before class start, so you can being reading the material.

“Awesome. How do I get in?”

Enrollment is easy, but is handled on a case-by-case basis. To keep the quality of the course as high as possible, we may vet your dive experience and role on an active team.

To start your enrollment process, click here to open an email to TAndro@northeastpsd.com (or copy the address to your own email client).

Please include the following in the email:

Subject: I want into your UCSI course!

Body of the email should include…

  • First and Last Name

  • Department/Agency

  • Phone number

  • How many spots you are requesting

  • Will you be using a PO or a credit card?

We will follow up with additional instructions and information. There is no other way into this course but to email us.

That’s all it takes to secure your spot in the course that will transform your skill set…

Enroll today before spots run out.

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