EDMOND — Four Royal New Zealand Navy divers got more than they had imagined when they came to the United States for an underwater explosive recovery class. Their rooms are in Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City, which also is where the NBA Finals are taking place.
They visited Thunder Alley before Game 1 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, and watched the game at a nearby bar and restaurant.
“It was a great time,” said Petty Officer Jim Dimond, who celebrated his 43rd birthday Tuesday.
This week, 18 divers and bomb technicians are in Edmond and Arcadia Lake attending classes put on by the Edmond Police Department. Participants also came from Arkansas, Minnesota, California, Florida, Maryland, Kentucky and Connecticut.
The course was started by Edmond police crime scene technician Rockie Yardley in 1996 and is the only program in the world that certifies nonmilitary divers in underwater explosive render-safe procedures.
This is the 20th class. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the FBI and the U.S. Navy have become certified in diving and explosives since the class started.