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Dive Team in Focus

Welcome to the Kings County Sheriff's Office Dive Team!
The Kings County Sheriff's Office Dive Team was first started in the 1979 and was brought about due to the need for underwater recovery in and around the numerous irrigation canals, the Kings River, and the California Aqua-Duct.
Today the Kings County Sheriff's Office Dive Team consists of 10 members, all of which are full time Deputy Sheriffs for the Kings County Sheriff's Office. All Deputies are on 24hr call availability. The dive team has regular formal training monthly in order to keep them at optimal proficiency.

The Team is trained to perform the following tasks:

  • Deep water recovery
  • Swift water recovery
  • Under-water retrieval
  • Underwater evidence recovery.
Several most frequently asked questions regarding the Dive Team are:

Where do you dive in Kings County? We have no lakes.

The Kings River flows through Kings County from the northeast to the southwest. The entire stretch of river is used by the public for fishing, boating, personal watercraft, and swimming. Also, because Kings County is primarily farm country, there are numerous irrigation canals running throughout the county.

Why do you search with divers instead of dragging from the surface for drowning victims?

A more thorough search can be achieved with divers instead of dragging due to the river bottom having washouts and other types of objects such as trash, logs, and rocks.

How long can a diver stay underwater and do you rotate divers?

Depending on the depth of the area searched, a diver can stay underwater up to an hour with 3000 pounds of air in his tank. Also, depending on the type of search, if there is a strong current the working diver and safety diver are rotated frequently so a diver doesn't become fatigued.

There must be a minimum of three divers present on all dive call outs.

The first diver to arrive becomes the team leader and supervises the working diver and safety diver during the operation.

In most operations one diver works the scene and the second diver is fully suited up and in the water standing by for safety.

The team leader directs the working diver by signaling with a rope linked between the two.


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For any questions regarding the Kings County Sheriff's Water Rescue, contact:

Kings County Sheriff's Office

1444 West Lacey Blvd.
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-3211

*See Also: Boating Enforcement Unit and Off-Highway Enforcement Team