Volume 2, Number 6, Page 1


July 1999


For all units administering Scientific Diver Written Exams, the most current version of the exam is as of March 1999. Currently, there are a number of obsolete versions in circulation dating back to 1996. Please properly dispose of these versions and request an updated version as needed for evaluating prospective divers for the scientific certification. In administering the exams, please be sure that the template answer sheet is used to expedite grading. Examinations are to be administered by the Unit Diving Supervisor, or designee and are then forwarded to NDC for grading. Passing scores for each part is 80%. Re-testing requires a minimum passing score of 90%. End of Article



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



Dive locker inspections are now well overdue for units/vessels who have yet to comply. Delay no further and complete these safety evaluations. End of Article


Units and vessels will be receiving SCUBA and SCBA compressor air test kits this month. Complete the required tests and return the kits to TRI. As delays incur additional charges, promptly contact Laurie at (206) 526-6695 or, if you are unable to perform the testing. 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


The next Working Diver class is scheduled for September 1999 in Seattle. Interested NOAA Units must enroll candidates for this training prior to August 13th. Individuals who are considering returning to active diving status and have not dove for more than one year, must attend a four day refresher class, the schedule of which is determined at a later date. The following training classes are scheduled through January 2000:

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
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 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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