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Investigating Drowning Deaths: How a Body Reacts to Being Underwater and How Water Can Alter an Investigation

Increase Your Investigative Skills By Reviewing and Analyzing Water Related Death Cases and Collected Evidence

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In this course, you will learn how to investigate drowning deaths and gain valuable investigative skills which will help you can start your forensic career!

Drowning is defined as death occurring within 24 hours of a submersion event. Death by drowning is very common and it can occur in fresh or saltwater.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE INCLUDES IMAGES SOME MAY CONSIDER GRAPHIC AND/OR DISTURBING. BY REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT THE ABOVE NOTICE.

This course explains the common process of a drowning death, how the body reacts to this process, and the most common forensic evidence observed in bodies pulled from water.

Learning from these lectures will help you gain a better understanding that not all victims found in water are a result of drowning. As a crime scene investigator you will experience and be witness to many types of scenes--including water related scenes. Taking this course can prepare you for what you may encounter related to a water related scene and what evidence you may be required to collect and document.

The course also reviews the challenges facing a forensic pathologist in determining a drowning diagnosis, which will help you understand why forensic evidence is so important in cases and what type of information you can get from evidence.

Knowing the many challenges forensic pathologists face, you will have a better understanding of what pathologists need to do their job and as a result you become a better and stronger team member.

Case studies and scene pictures are reviewed so you will be able to reinforce the concepts introduced throughout earlier lectures. This results in you having a better appreciation with these unique scenes.

Although prior knowledge of medical terminology and the forensic investigation process is recommended, it is not required for this course because the terms will be explained and defined the terminology. Knowing these forensic terms increases your overall learning experience and increase your comprehension when reading case reports.

This course has over 10 supplemental materials which will reinforce the concepts introduced.

Training is important and should be part of your overall plan in launching your forensic career. Use this course as part of your training hours listed on your resume.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE INCLUDES IMAGES SOME MAY CONSIDER GRAPHIC AND/OR DISTURBING. BY REGISTERING FOR THIS COURSE YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT THE ABOVE NOTICE.

Enroll now and start training for your forensic career. And don't forget: once you've completed this course you can place this training topic on your resume along with the completed certificate!


Your Instructor


Terri Armenta/Forensic Training
Terri Armenta/Forensic Training

Terri has been teaching forensic science and criminal justice courses for over 15 years. Her education and experience includes business management, science, law enforcement, and forensics. She has a MS in Forensic Science (emphasis in Investigations) and loves to teach and educate others in forensic science and criminal justice topics and techniques. She is the founder of Forensic Training Unlimited LLC (FTU), which is located in Southern California. FTU offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, and online training courses.

She has several POST certificates, has trained with Los Angeles County Coroner, Orange County (CA) Sheriff Department, and holds professional memberships in Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers, International Association for Identification, Latino Peace Officers Association, and the California State Division of the International Association of Identification.

She has presented at the International Association for Identification, served as a guest lecturer in forensic and criminal justice topics, and as an Adjunct Instructor at several colleges.

Terri, who holds teaching credentials, is passionate about bringing students closer to their forensic career goals.

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Class Curriculum


  Welcome
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  Course Objectives
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  Course Definitions
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  Types of Drowning
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  Special Focus: Delayed Drowning
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  Case Review: Death Due to Delayed Drowning
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  Biology of Drowning
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  Stages of Drowning
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  After Drowning: What Happens to Body
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  After Drowning: Decomposition
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  Pathology Findings
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  Diagnostic Process
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  Homicidal Drowning Combined with Suicide
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  Water Related Cases
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  Case Review: Elisa Lam
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  Thank You!
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  Course Completion Survey
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I have questions about this course?
I would be happy to answer any of your questions before you enroll. In fact, you may send me an email at any time during and after you've finished the course.

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