The primary mission for which the Dive Team is called upon to recover drowning victims, but they are also frequently used to search for and recover evidence of crimes. Additionally, the Dive Team may be called upon to conduct security operations such as those they performed for the 1996 Olympic rowing events.
All of the team's members are at a minimum PADI-certified Open Water Divers, with many holding advanced certifications ranging from Advanced Open Water Diver through Dive Master and Dive Instructor.
Additionally, several members hold specialty certifications such as Public Safety Diver, Search and Recovery Diver, and Rescue Diver. This level of experience and expertise brings unique capabilities to the Sheriff's Office, whether utilized to recover a victim so that a family may bring closure to the loss of a loved one, or recovering a critical piece of evidence to assist in the prosecution of a crime.