The training staff at PSDT is comprised of seasoned SCUBA Instructors with additional backgrounds in law enforcement, fire, EMS and public safety experience as well.  This provides you with a team of highly motivated staff with the education, knowledge and real-world experience in the many facets of Public Safety Diving.

Mike Sieverman
  Michael Sieverman is a a retired Senior Police Officer, with over 13 years experience as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and created many of the department's training manuals and programs still in use today. Mike is still active in the Law Enforcement field as a background investigator. He is a US Army veteran and has been diving for over 30 years.

Mike's abilities for creating training materials and training were a major factor in the creation of the NAUI Public Safety Diver Certification Course. He has been the PSD Training Committee Chairman since 2018 and with this committee, created the NAUI PSD Certification Course. Mike's textbook and training materials were the basis for the NAUI PSD Course.

Mike has also been brought "in-house" with NAUI taking on the role of Public Safety Diving Training Coordinator, overseeing the training and development for Public Safety Divers all over the world. As a Course Director, Mike has provided training and workshops for several Police and Fire Departments around the world. He is also an active Instructor, certifying hundreds of divers. His experience and dedication to diver education are well known within the diving community.

Eric Dymmel
  Eric Dymmel has 27 years of work experience in public safety with the last 18 years working as a Peace Officer (including time as a Field Training Officer and Field Training Supervisor).  He is currently employed working patrol as a Peace Officer Supervisor for a statewide agency.

Eric has 11 years experience as a Public Safety Diver and 32 years of international dive experience including light commerical diving.  Eric is a NAUI instructor and is currently in charge of his agency's 44 member dive team.

Eric additionally serves as an instructor in firearms, EMT, First Responder, CPR and AED at his departments training academy.


Mike Reid
  Mike is a retired Police Lieutenant and now an instructor with Los Angeles Harbor College.  He became an adjunct instructor in 1998 and in 2012, became full-time faculty.

His professional experience includes; 12 years an Internal Affairs Lieutenant, 5 years as a police Sergeant assigned to Selection and Recruitment, Training and Development, and Detective Divisions. His experiences as a police officer includes; investigations in auto theft, narcotics and field training.

Mike earned his Associates of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Golden West College. He continued his education and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration from University of La Verne. When Mike was promoted to Sargeant, he returned to school and earned his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University.

  Scott Douglass is a retired Fire Division Chief from South Lake Tahoe Fire Department with 34 years of experience. He has seen all aspects of the modern fire service. Scott has extensive experience with intense winter rescue work, spending the last 27 years involved in ice rescue and other dive operations.

After Scott retired, he accepted the challenge of becoming an instructor and received his Open Water Scuba Instructor certification from PADI and is currently working towards his Master SCUBA Diver Trainer certification. He is an ice diving expert, respected and known around the area.   Scott has participated in dives around the world but enjoys teaching and diving in the Lake Tahoe area and Southern California.
Scott Douglass   sdouglass@publicsafetydivetraining.com

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