Berkeley Township Underwater Search & Rescue (BTUSAR), Squad 86, partners with K9, EMS, and other community services to improve public safety across New Jersey.

For over 45 years the "Berkeley Dive Team" has developed skills, techniques, and purpose-built equipment to perform services in, on, under, and around water.

DIVE Platform

To learn more about the BTUSAR team and see the maps and initiatives we're working on, visit our DIVE Platform ( . You can also go straight to our Squad 86 team pages ( to see what we do and how we use our vessels, vehicles, equipment, drones, digital maps, and other specialized technology.

Key Initiatives

Stop the Sting

An act-on-science coalition focused on creating a scientifically monitored, highly repeatable, and readily implementable approach to reducing the bay nettle jellyfish population in Barnegat Bay.

Visit Save Barnegat Bay's website to learn about the program and sign up for information and services (

Visit BTUSAR's site to learn about our role, equipment, and progress (

International Submarine Races

BTUSAR is passionate about the International Submarine Races, sponsored by the Foundation for Underwater Research & Education (FURE), where Squad 86 runs the event above and below water. One key role that we play - our safety divers protect competitors, ensuring that they and their equipment are safely extracted from the pool at the end of the race, or if they experience a problem.

How can you help?


Check out our Join page, then complete an application. Bring it with you when you come to the dive house, or email it using the address on the Join page. We're located at 10 Station Rd, Bayville, NJ 08722. We have members from all over the state and you'd be a great addition!


If you like who we are but you are not able to volunteer at this time, you can help us continue to support the community by donating.

Berkeley Township Underwater Search & Rescue (BTUSAR) is a registered 501(3)(c) charity

100% of your donation helps us keep equipment running, the air tanks full and our members safe.

We also need serviceable dive equipment (masks, fins, snorkels, hoods, boots, etc.), tools, vehicle parts (especially batteries), a utility trailer, and other items. If you wish to donate items that help the team stay operational, please contact us.


To DONATE, scan the PayPal QR CODE or click the SEA HORSE Logo