Volume 1, Number 13, Page 1


December 1998


This will be my last issue editing TOPSIDE as my last month at NDC will be spent in Key West conducting the Working Diver training course. I have enjoyed creating and writing this newsletter and hope it has brought you and headquarters a “little closer.” I have also enjoyed supporting all of your operational and administrative requirements during my tour at the Dive Center.

During my many years with the Dive Program, I have worked with several of you and will no doubt continue to in the future. When I return in February, I will be at my new assignment at NMFS in Seattle. I will continue to dive while at NMFS and for the first time in 18 years be a “grunt“ diver.

Good luck with your future projects and remember, a good diver "Knows what he doesn’t Know". Always be aware of your limitations, dive within them and "keep safe".End of article

-LCDR  Frank Wood -


Effective January 1, 1999, LT. Mike Hoshlyk assumes the position of the Diving Operation Manager, NOAA Diving Center. All inquiries regarding diver training, certification, medical standards, and operational issues should be directed to him. Please address all future correspondence to Lt. Hoshlyk. His E-mail addresses are: Mike Hoshlyk@NDC@NOAA (Banyan) and, (Internet). He can be reached by telephone at (206) 526-6460.End of article


Please review the enclosed roster which reflects the records at NDC for the date of print. Inactive/terminated divers are to return SEP equipment or resolve their status to active as soon as possible. Units will be assessed SEP charges for inactive divers who are in possession of gear. Please annotate and return a copy of the roster indicating any changes to personnel or diver status. Diver certifications will be suspended when a physical has expired or when diving activity has lapsed for six months.End of article


The January Working Diver class is almost full. Please contact NDC ASAP if you have any candidates for this training. Individuals who are returning to active diving status and have not dove for more than one year, must attend a refresher class. The following training classes are scheduled through May 1999:

Jan 11 - 29Working DiverKey West, FL
Jan 24VCI & First AidKey West, FL
Jan 25 - 29DivemasterKey West, FL
Jan 25 - Feb 5EMTSeattle, WA
Feb 15 - 19Working RefresherSeattle, WA
May 3 - 21Working DiverSeattle, WA
May 16VCI & First AidSeattle, WA
May 17 - 21DivemasterSeattle, WA

Please contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 for course information and scheduling.End of article

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