Volume 2, Number 13, Page 2


March 2000


Part of the recent Y2K Diver/SEP database problems have affected the output on the roster, such that the REG MAINT column may not indicate regulators issued and the respective due date. NDC is working to correct this problem and maintain the repair rotation. If you require immediate replacement contact Andrea at End of Article


Divers in possession of more than one Scubapro 1st and 2nd stage regulator assembly must return those additional regulators currently being retained. In order for the SEP to perform efficiently regulator exchanges must proceed without delay. When replacement units are received, divers are to immediately turn around units due for annual service. Failure to return regulators promptly will result in additional SEP assessment levied against complacent units. UDS and Divemaster must ensure diver compliance with these requirements. End of Article


Like regulators, AGA masks issued are required to be inspected and annually overhauled. A number of units currently have AGAs that have not been serviced in over four years. Review of issue and repair status further indicates that well over 50% of AGAs issued are due for service. Last month, a listing of divers possessing AGAs requiring service. Dive Supervisor’s are to contact Steve Urick to coordinate replacement at 206/526-6223 or It is critical that AGAs be properly maintained for diver safety. End of Article


Two months ago, SEP inventories were distributed for divers at each unit. Evaluation are still trickling in. Diving Supervisors must ensure that your unit's diving personnel in complete a thorough comparison and evaluation of gear issued. Divers are to legibly note any inventory discrepancies and request equipment in need of replacement. UDS/vessel Divemasters are to gather and review all inventories and gear requests for completeness prior to submission to NDC. All divers issued gear must perform this inventory. End of Article


Two months ago an inventory checklist of items required for a complete NOAA/SEP Oxygen/First Aid Medic Kit was distributed. All vessels and units were 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. However, the majority of units have not responded. UDS’s/Divemasters – if you have not completed this evaluation do so without any further delay. NDC fax is 206/526-6506 End of Article


SCUBA and SCBA compressor air test kits have been sent to units in January. Immediately upon receipt of the test kit, vessel diving complements must complete the required tests and return the kits to TRI. If test cannot be immediately turned around you must contact Laurie at (206)526-6695 or Delays in the testing process result in additional charges. End of Article


Annual Safety Inspection checklists have been distributed to Line Office Diving Officers, who, in turn have distributed these checklists to their Units. Units/Vessels are to return completed checklists to their LODOs who will then forward their analysis of the results to NDC. LODOs may also elect to perform on-site unit inspections. Reports were due 30 days after the end of the calendar year or January 31, 2000. Action is required on this item. End of Article


Topside’s circulation is intended to reach all NOAA Divers. Unit Diving Supervisor’s and vessel Divemasters are mailed a monthly TOPSIDE and are to disperse the newsletter information to all diver’s under their jurisdiction. This may be accomplished by posting, distributing copies of the newsletter or directing personnel to the NDC website where TOPSIDE may be viewed on-line. The newsletter’s purpose is to improve communication and awareness within the NDP. Cooperation and compliance is needed. End of Article

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