The UWSAR department has several open water divers that hold the Dive Rescue I certification.  Several team members also carry Dive Master, Ice Dive and other life safety certifications.  This team of highly skilled members trains monthly on various situations to be ready to respond to drowning or near drowning with the goal of saving life.  The dive team operates strictly as a public safety dive team, meaning that it does not perform commercial work (such as recovering vehicles that no one is in).  The department primarily provides life safety services but is, from time to time, called upon for evidence recovery by various law-enforcement agencies.