Volume 2, Number 17, Page 1


July 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 to the NOAA Diving Center fax (206) 526-6506. Attention is required on physicals and related tests indicated by the asterisk as lapsed. Prior to age 35, physicals are required every three years. 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. Additional tests that are indicated as lapsed (ECG’s, audiograms and chest x-rays) are to be completed at the next scheduled physical. Forms and information for the processing of physicals may be found at the UDS website at End of Article


The following is an attempt to clarify the role of primary health care providers “certifying fitness for diving duty” on NOAA diving physicals. Some units may have experienced frustration resulting from thoroughness, liability/litigation, or regional policy whereby private providers are reluctant to “sign off” a NOAA diving physical and want additional tests, well beyond what the organization requires. The interpretation of the fitness for diving standard remains within the NOAA organization. If evaluation of individuals indicates the need for further tests or specialist evaluation, then the health care provider’s analysis may be warranted as this additional work-up may provide further insight if there is a potential issue. Additional tests for other purposes are not required by NDP. It is also acceptable to have a Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner sign off the physical as these personnel are serving as primary health care providers. End of Article


The deadline for enrolling candidates for the next NOAA Working Diver class is August 1, 2000. In order to maintain a reserved slot, units must ensure that NDC promptly receives required materials for enrolled candidates. Failure to submit required information in a timely manner may result in loss of the reserved slot. Forms required are available either by request or by visiting the website:, click on FORMS and at the top of the page is a complete Diver Training form packet that may be printed out. NDC is also evaluating interest in scheduling a Refresher Dive/Drysuit Training class August 1 – 4. NOAA supervisors and personnel interested should contact NDC ASAP.

The following training classes are currently scheduled for calendar year 2000:

Aug 01 - 04 Refresher Training Seattle, WA
Sep 11 - 29 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 25 - 29 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Oct 16 - 27 UHMS Physicians Seattle, WA

The following classes are scheduled for 2001:

Jan 08 - 26 Working Diver Key West, FL
Jan 22 - 26 Divemaster Key West, FL
May 07 - 25 Working Diver Seattle, WA
May 21 - 25 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Sep 10 - 28 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 24 - 28 Divemaster Seattle, WA

For more information contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 or at Please note that the training dates for FY 2001 are tentative and are provided to assist advanced planning. More info pertaining to classes may be researched at End of Article

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