"It is the goal of the Sheriff's Office to utilize Community Volunteers, Office Members and County Fire Services to provide the most effective response plan for water related incidents & training"
The Sheriff's Dive Team covers the entire Carver County area which has 29 lakes and 2 rivers. The dive team has been increasingly utilized due to the rapid growth in the county and the presence of Lake Waconia, the second largest lake in the metro area. The team is a group effort composed of several independent agencies which adds an additional level of coordination complexity.
The Sheriff's dive team has joint cooperation between the following organizations:
Minnesota Manatees (2000)
Carver County Sheriff's Office (2000)
Carver Fire Department (2002)
Chaska Fire Department (2002)
Victoria Fire Department (2005)
Chanhassen Fire Department (2006)
By rigorously training, the dive team is prepared to respond quickly and safely to a variety of life threatening incidents. The dive team meets twice per month to cover equipment, procedures and techniques. In addition, the team trains with other agencies such as the Shakopee Fire Department Dive Team on a regular basis.
The experience and certifications of the Sheriff's dive team are well respected. The average diver has over 10 years of experience.
Dive Team Certifications
- Dive Instructor
- Dive Coordinator
- Mast Diver
- Night Diving
- Wreck Diving
- Nitrox Gas Diving
- Ice Diving
- Rescue Diving
- And more…
Areas of Training
- Incident Command System
- Dive Rescue One
- Life Guard Systems
- Evidence Handling
- North Air Transport
- Recovering Submerged Vehicles
- River Rescue/Recovery
- Hazardous Materials
- Multi-County Response
- Ice Diving
- And more...
The Sheriff's Dive Team has volunteered thousands of hours in the past years. The team of volunteers counts on the Sheriff's Office, county commissioners and the community for funding and support. Thanks to the funding provided by the county for training and equipment this dive team will continue to provide an important service for our fast growing county.
Because of the continued support and training, the Carver County Sheriff's Dive Team has become well known and respected in the State of Minnesota!
If you are interested in joining the Carver County Sheriff's Office Dive Team you must complete an application and meet the minimum requirements:
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Possess a valid Minnesota Driver's License.
- Certification for Open Water Dive.
- No major criminal or traffic violations within 10 years.
- No more than 3 moving violations within 2 years.
Send the application to:
Attention: Lieutenant of Support Services
Carver County Sheriff's Office
606 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
If you have any questions about the Dive Team you may contact Dive Team Sergeant at 952-361-1774.