Field Operations Bureau - Dive Team

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team consists of 12 members from:

  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Tumwater Police
  • Olympia Police
  • Lacey Police

The Team responds to water related events such as:

  • Drowning
  • Submerged vehicles
  • Underwater crime scenes
  • Flood rescue
  • Swift water rescue
  • Rope rescues

The Dive Team is trained in:

  • Zero visibility diving
  • Ice diving
  • Helicopter operations
  • Evidence recovery
  • Ship hull search
  • High angle rescue



Our team averages 30 calls for service per year.

The team is equipped with video and underwater communication equipment.
A scanning sonar was recently purchased to assist the team in underwater searches in low visibility conditions.

We also respond to assist other agencies when called upon.