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Standardized Equipment Program


Background
The primary mission of the NOAA Diving Program is to ensure the safety of NOAA diving operations.  To directly influence this mission objective, the NOAA Diving Program created the Standardized Equipment Program (SEP).  In January 1990, the Standardized Equipment Program (SEP) began issuing equipment from the NOAA Diving Center (NDC) in Seattle, WA, to all authorized and certified NOAA divers.  By standardizing the diving equipment and creating a centralized maintenance and distribution program, the NOAA Diving Center ensures that NOAA divers are adequately equipped to accomplish their mission’s safely and effectively.  The SEP equips and supports divers worldwide including scientists, technicians, professional mariners, educators, and managers from OMAO, NOS, NMFS and OAR.

Program Basics
When a NOAA employee is certified and/or placed on active dive status to conduct dives as a NOAA Diver, they are enrolled in the Standardized Equipment Program (SEP) by their Unit Diving Supervisor (UDS) and are issued diving gear for which they are accountable.
All maintenance and repair will be done or coordinated by the Standardized Equipment Program.  When a diver is no longer on active dive status, he/she must return issued equipment to the SEP.

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