Volume 2, Number 10, Page 1


November 1999


The NOAA Diving Safety Board will be meeting December 7-9, 1999, in Seattle to review the effectiveness of regulations, policy, the website, operations and equipment. Field supervisor’s (UDS’s, Divemasters) when completing their annual report form, should evaluate the past year’s operations and their plans for 2000. It is requested that supervisors and diving personnel provide discussion topics and commentary that would foster improved safety of operations and pass along these ideas to their respective Line Office/Fleet Diving Officer. End of article



Please review the enclosed roster which reflects the records at NDC for the date of print. In order to keep the program running safely and efficiently, inactive/terminated divers are to return SEP equipment or resolve their status to active as soon as possible. Units are assessed SEP charges for inactive divers who remain in possession of gear. Note that FY2000 SEP assessments have been compiled and that units not wishing to be further assessed for inactive divers in the FY2001 assessment must return all SEP equipment. If there have been any changes to personnel certifications or diver status, annotate and return a copy of the roster indicating the changes. If divers are no longer listed or have recently gone inactive, please return their gear to NDC. Divers requesting equipment must submit requests through their respective UDS and LODO. Diver certifications will be suspended when a physical has expired or when diving activity has lapsed for a period greater than six months. Any forms and information for the processing of physicals, equipment requests, etc., may be found at the NDP Unit Diving Supervisor website at End of article


After a thorough review of diving activity and/or equipment possesion during FY99, the FY2000 final assessment has been set at $340 per diver. The system of assessing in “arrears” facilitates one time annual accounting. The $15 increase from the previous year reflects increased shipping costs and necessary steps to upgrade equipment offered through the equipment program. In January, the SEP will celebrate its tenth year of operation. End of article


All slots for the January 2000 Working Diver and Divemaster classes have been filled . The next Working Diver class scheduled for May 1 - 19, 2000 is also filling up quickly. NOAA Units must enroll candidates for this training prior to April 3rd. The next scheduled Working Diver Refresher is Feb 22 – 25, 2000. Individuals who are considering returning to active Working Diver status and have not dove for more than one year, must complete a refresher class. The following training classes are scheduled through September 2000:

Nov 15 – 20 Diver Med Tech Seattle, WA
Nov 22 – 24 EMT CEU's/CBT Seattle, WA
Jan 10 - 28, 2000 Working Diver Key West, FL
Jan 23 VCI Key West, FL
Jan 24 - 28 Divemaster Key West, FL
Feb 22 - 25 Working Refresher Seattle, WA
May 01 - 19 Working Diver Seattle, WA
May 15 - 19 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Sep 11 - 29 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 25 - 29 Divemaster Seattle, WA

For more information contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 or at Note that the training dates for FY 2000 are tentative, and are provided to assist advanced planning. End of article

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