Volume 2, Number 9, Page 1


October 1999


A website designed especially for the NOAA UDS' is now available on the internet at This online UDS Handbook is designed to provide current policy, certification and medical guidelines, regulations, forms and reports in a format readily accessible to NOAA Diving supervisors in the field. Forms found on the site are printable by downloading the free ADOBE reader software to your PC. The intent of this on-line handbook is to improve access to essential information resources. Please take the opportunity to surf through the site, investigate the contents and provide me with your feedback to improve the site.
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Please review the enclosed roster which reflects the records at NDC for the date of this newsletter. 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. Note that FY 2000 SEP assessments are currently being compiled and that units not wishing to be assessed for inactive divers in the FY 2001 assessment should resolve all SEP issues. If there have been any changes to personnel certifications or diver status, annotate and return a copy of the roster indicating the changes. If divers are no longer listed or have recently gone inactive, please return their gear to NDC. Divers requesting equipment must submit requests through their respective UDS and LODO. Diver’s certifications will be suspended when a physical has expired or when diving activity has lapsed for a period greater than six months. End of Article



The NOAA Diving Safety Board will meet in early December 1999. Field supervisor’s (UDS’s, Divemasters) when completing their annual report form, should evaluate the past year’s operations and their plans for 2000. It is requested that personnel provide discussion topics and commentary that would foster improved safety of operations and pass along these ideas to their respective Line Office/Fleet Diving Officer. End of Article


The slots available for the next January 2000 Working Diver are filled. Additional candidates not already enrolled, will be put on standby. The next NOAA Working Diver class will be held in May 2000. Sign up early to reserve a slot for your candidates. Individuals who are considering returning to active diving status and have not dove for more than one year, must complete a refresher class. The following training classes are scheduled through Sep 2000:

Oct 18 – 29 Physicians Training Seattle, WA
Nov 01 – 13 EMT - Basic Seattle, WA
Nov 15 – 20 Diver Med Tech Seattle, WA
Jan 10 - 28, 2000 Working Diver Key West, FL
Jan 23 VCI Key West, FL
Jan 24 - 28 Divemaster Key West, FL
Feb 22 - 25 Working Refresher Seattle, WA
May 01 - 19 Working Diver Seattle, WA
May 15 - 19 Divemaster Seattle, WA
Sep 11 - 29 Working Diver Seattle, WA
Sep 25 - 29 Divemaster Seattle, WA

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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