Dawson County has over 50 miles of shoreline on Lake Lanier, two rivers, and numerous small bodies of water that necessitate the need for a dive team. Over the years, divers have been utilized to recover stolen vehicles and property from local boat ramps and rivers. Additionally, the Dawson County Underwater Search and Recovery Team has assisted with body recoveries.
In 2010, the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services dive teams merged to share assets and resources. Each diver is certified as a Public Safety Diver through Emergency Response Diving International. Grant funding has been obtained providing equipment including fully encapsulated dry suits and underwater communications.