Volume 2, Number 11, Page 1


December 1999 / January 2000


The NOAA Diving Program website has been linked to the Supervisor Web Handbook. The recent diving safety board meeting recognized the importance of this site as an oracle of NDP information. In 2000, upgrades will allow the site to offer refresher and re-qualification training curriculum, submission of an e-dive log and updated regulations, and forms. Units will also be solicited for feedback regarding the loaning of equipment, integrating new offerings into the SEP and specialized training courses. 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 units have been assessed for inactive divers in possession of 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, along with an inventory comparison, 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. 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


Enclosed with this issue is the inventory checklist, of items required for a complete NOAA/SEP Oxygen/First Aid Medic Kit. Units are to compare the equipment found in their issued kits with the required list and return the results to LT. Hoshlyk at NDC. NDC will order and distribute items requested once quantities are known. In early 2000, NDC will begin distributing an oxygen regulator and Elder Demand valve test kit as well as a program to recondition issued O2 regulators. End of article


All slots for the January 2000 Working Diver and Divemaster classes have been filled . The next Working Diver classes scheduled for May and Sep 2000 are also filling up quickly. NOAA Units must enroll candidates, for the May training, prior to March 17th. The next scheduled Working Diver Refresher is Feb 2225, 2000. Individuals who are considering returning to active Working Diver status and have not dove for more than six months to one year or greater, must complete a refresher class. The following training classes are scheduled through September 2000:

Jan 10 - 28 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
Jun 20 - 23 Working Refresher 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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