Volume 2, Number 2, Page 1


March 1999


The purpose of TOPSIDE is to increase the communication throughout the NOAA Diving Program. Currently, there are over 50 dive units scattered around the country. Much can be learned from sharing highlights, problems (and how they were overcome), and suggestions for improvements. TOPSIDE establishes one side of the conversation. In order to enhance NDC’s knowledge of field operations, it is asked that field units provide, as a courtesy, science plans and other related project information. This will aid the Diving Program in improving diving operation support. For project instructions involving diving activities being staged off of NOAA Ships, this office must be included in the distribution list. By being able to assist in the planning and review of diving activities we can ensure compliance with NOAA procedures and standards and improve safety.End of Article

LT Michael J. Hoshlyk -



SCUBA and SCBA compressor air test kits were sent to units in January. If you still have the kit(s), and have not filed for an extension, the Diving Program has been assessed a late fee for the inaction. Therefore, please complete the required tests and return the kits to TRI without delay. If you can not complete the test promptly contact Laurie at 206/526-6695 or, as delays incur additional charges. Since 1991, all active diving air compressors have been tested for air purity every six months. Scheduled months are January and June, unless you are on an alternate plan. Contact NDC, in advance, if your are unable to test at designated times. End of Article


Please review the enclosed roster which reflects the records at NDC for the date of print. Please either annotate and return fax a copy of the roster or send an email referencing any changes to personnel status. Inactive and or terminated divers must either return SEP equipment or resolve their status. Units will continue to be assessed SEP charges for inactive divers who are in possession of gear. Diver certifications will be suspended when a physical has expired or when there is a six month lapse in diving activity. End of Article


The May Working Diver class is filling up quickly. Interest by governmental agencies outside of NOAA has increased. The training of NOAA personnel still remains our priority. To improve our planning, NOAA units must confirm May Working Diver class candidates by March 25. Individuals who are considering returning to active diving status and have not dove for more than one year, must attend a refresher class. The following training classes to be held in Seattle, WA @ NDC are scheduled through December 1999:

May 3 - 21 Working Diver Seattle, WA
May 16 VCI & First Aid Seattle, WA
May 17 - 21 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Sep 13 - Oct 1 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 27 - Oct 1 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Oct 18 – 29 UHMS Physicians Seattle, WA
Nov 1 – 12 EMT – Basic Seattle, WA
Nov 15 – 19 Diving Med Tech Seattle, WA

Please contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 for course information and scheduling. End of Article

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