Volume 2, Number 12, Page 1


February 2000


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 six months to one year or greater, must complete a refresher class. Active NOAA or NOAA trained non-NOAA divers interested in refreshing skills may also attend individual classes and or participate in scheduled dives. If interested in auditing the Working Diver Refresher Training course, contact Steve Urick at (206) 526-6223 or at 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


The NOAA Diving Center is serving as the on-site sponsor for a NAUI Scuba Northwest Conference to be held March 10 12, 2000, in Building 9 at the NOAA Western Support Center, in Seattle. As this is a NAUI NW Scuba Instructor event, the professional development workshops offered are fee based. NOAA employees will be admitted free to Saturday seminars but must either contact NDC for a registration form or get one on-line at Lunch offered will cost approx. $10 for those requiring that option. End of article


The next NOAA Working Diver Training will be held in May. NOAA Units and vessels must enroll candidates, for the May training, prior to March 17th. After March 17th, remaining slots will be given to Non-NOAA candidates. Interest in the classes has increased and is competitive. When candidates are enrolled, units must act to ensure NDC promptly receives required materials. Failure to properly submit required information in a timely manner may result in loss of the reserved class slot. The following training classes are scheduled through January 2001:

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
Jan 08 - 26 Working Diver Key West, FL
Jan 22 - 26 Divemaster Key West, FL

For more information contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 or at Note that the training dates for FY 2001 are tentative, and are provided to assist advanced planning. End of article

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