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Volume 2, Number 5, Page 1

 

June 1999

EDITORS COLUMN

Timely feedback is a critical element in the development of efficient operational support. If units or personnel are experiencing delays regarding certification reviews, equipment support, etc., communicate these issues to your UDS, LODO or the staff at NDC. It is important that the most current regulations, forms and tests be used for evaluation of personnel and projects. If there are any doubts as to what is the most current version, do not hesitate in calling. Recognize and use the resources available for improving your diving safety . Units must also make an effort to contact NDC with requests in a timely manner, expressing the context or deadlines associated with the submission. These items include enrolling candidates for training, submitting project instructions or certification for review, and requesting equipment.End of Article

LT Michael J. Hoshlyk

 

ROSTER AND SEP REVIEW


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. Please annotate and return a copy of the roster indicating any changes to personnel certifications or diver status. Diver certifications will be suspended when a physical has expired or when diving activity has lapsed for six months. Divers interested in upgrading their certification level must submit requests through their respective UDS and Line Office Diving Officer. End of Article

 
TRI AIR TESTING

SCUBA and SCBA compressor air test kits will be sent to units in July. Complete the required tests and return the kits to TRI. If you can not complete the test promptly contact Laurie at (206) 526-6695 or laurie.barber@noaa.gov, as delays incur additional charges. Compressors are tested for air purity every six months. Scheduled months are January and July, unless you are on an alternate plan. Contact NDC, in advance, if your are unable to test at designated times. End of Article

TRAINING SHEDULE

The next Working Diver class is scheduled for September 1999 in Seattle. Units must contact NDC before August 13th to enroll candidates for this training. Currently, 10 of the 16 candidate slots are filled. Individuals who are returning to active diving status and have not dove for more than one year, must attend a 4 day refresher class, whose schedule is determined at a later date. The following training classes are scheduled through January 2000:

1999
Sep 13 - Oct 1 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 26 VCI & First Aid Seattle, WA
Sep 27 - Oct 1 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Oct 18 29 Physicians Training Seattle, WA
Nov 1 13 EMT Seattle, WA
Nov 15 20 Diver Med Tech Seattle, WA
2000
Jan 10 - 28 Working Diver Key West, FL
Jan 23 VCI Key West, FL
Jan 24 - 28 Divemaster Key West, FL

For more information contact Laurie Barber at (206) 526-6695 or at laurie.barber@noaa.gov. Note that the training dates for FY 2000 are tentative, and are provided to assist advanced planning. New course fees have also been set for NON-NOAA personnel taking NDC training. End of Article



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