Volume 2, Number 15, Page 1


May 2000


Please review the enclosed roster which reflects the records at NDC for the date of print. If there have been any changes to personnel certifications or diver status, annotate and return a copy of the roster indicating the changes. Attention is required on physicals and related tests indicated as lapsed. Note that divers reaching the age of 35 are required to have a physical every two years until age 50. At age 50, the requirement changes to annually. Prior to age 35, physicals are required every three years. Audiograms are required, as a minimum, every five years. EKG frequency follows that of the physical requirements. 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 may be found at the UDS website at End of Article


Disregard the *ís appearing on the Roster if the maintenance date of regulator in possession has yet to occur. Issues within the database will corrected as NDC proceeds with building a new equipment management system. In order to keep the SEP program running safely and efficiently Diving Supervisors must ensure that unauthorized or inactive/terminated divers return SEP equipment. Units are assessed SEP charges for inactive divers who remain in possession of gear. If divers are no longer actively diving, whether for medical or inability to maintain the required proficiency, the diving supervisor must be return issued gear to NDC, along with a thorough inventory comparison. Divers requesting equipment must submit requests through their current UDS. Policy, procedures and forms are available at the UDS website. End of Article


To remain active, regulations require maintenance of diving proficiency of a minimum of one dive every six weeks. Minimum proficiency is a requirement designed to maintain program diving safety. Review of the roster indicates that a number of divers diving activity has lapsed. Dive logs are to be submitted for each month, whether or not dives were performed. Divers who have not dove since November 1999 will be reviewed for certification suspension. Suspended divers may be required to attend formal Refresher Training. End of Article


The next NOAA Diver Training will be held in June for the purposes of a Diving Refresher. With the approval of NDC it is possible for NOAA Units and vessels to enroll candidates for portions of the June training. The deadline for the next Working Diver class is August 1, 2000. 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 September 2001:

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
May 07 - 25 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 10 - 28 Working Diver Seattle, WA

For more information contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 or at End of Article

Previous Newsletter Previous Newsletter Page 2 NDP Home Page Next Newsletter Next Newsletter