Volume 1, Number 11, Page 2


October 1998


The Monitor Expedition ‘98 was divided into two phases. Phase I took place May 28 - June 9, 1998, and was a joint operation conducted with the US Navy Mobil Diving and Salvage Unit #2 (MDSU2) located in Norfolk, Virginia. The vessel KELLIE CHOUEST, a 310 foot US Navy-contracted vessel was used as the dive platform for Phase I diving operations. A small team of NOAA, NURC/UNCW, and Cambrian Foundation personnel (designated as the “NOAA Team”) participated in diving operations during this phase of the expedition. The NOAA Team was limited in size due to the space restriction on the vessel and the number of personnel qualified to conduct deep trimix dives to the Monitor. The NOAA Team consisted of the following individuals:

NOAA:John Broadwater and Karen Kozlowski
Cambrian Foundation:Terrence Tysall, John Selser, Kyle Creamer, Tim Gallagher, John Chluski, Julie Kaye, Chris Johnson, Steve Newman, Bill Ward, Curt Bowen, Darryl McDonald, Thaddius Bedford, Colin Hobbs
NURC/UNCW:Doug Kesling

Throughout both phases of the expedition, Mr. John Broadwater served as the Chief while David Dinsmore and Terrence Tysall served as Expedition Diving Coordinator and Expedition Diving Supervisor, respectfully.

While the NOAA team was conducting self-contained (scuba) diving operations from the stern of the Kellie Chouest, the US Navy team performed surface-supplied diving operations off the vessel’s port side. Next month’s TOPSIDE will compare and contrast these two different diving techniques used during Phase I of the expedition.End of article


During the next six months, TOPSIDE will highlight a different staff member at the NOAA Diving Center. This month we highlight the Center’s Director, Dave Dinsmore.

Dave DinsmoreDave Dinsmore started diving in 1967, in Dayton, Ohio. He attended Morehead State University in Kentucky and received a bachelor’s degree in education and an officer’s commission in the United States Army. He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1976 in a variety of positions including Office-In-Charge of the US Army Salvage Diving School, Diving Officer for an active diving unit at Ft. Eustis, VA (497th Engineer Port Construction Company), and Liaison Officer at the US Navy Diving School. In 1976, he left military service and accepted a position at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), in Jensen Beach, Florida, teaching commercial diving in their two year Associate Degree program in Undersea Technology. While at FIT, he obtained a M.Ed. Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. He also worked for Taylor Diving and Salvage in Belle Chase, Louisiana, during one summer break to gain commercial diving experience. Eight years later, he accepted a position with the NOAA National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, supervising air and mixed-gas scuba and surface-supplied research diving operations. Later the position evolved from diving supervision to operational management with responsibility for all personnel, equipment & facilities, and activities utilizing scuba diving, ROV’s, submersibles, and the Aquarius seafloor habitat. In October, 1996, Mr. Dinsmore was selected as the new Director of the NOAA Diving Program in Seattle, Washington, and reported to work on January 3, 1997. Since assuming command of the NDP, he has obtained instructor ratings from NAUI and IANTD for diver training and NBDHMT for diving medical technician training.End of article

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