Volume 3, Number 1, Page 1


September 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, please 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. Divers with lapsed physicals are not authorized to dive in support of NOAA missions, or use NOAA equipment. 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 websiteEnd of Article


As of September 05, 2000, LT Bill Cobb, NOAA Corps replaced LT Michael Hoshlyk as the Executive Officer/Operations Manager, NOAA Diving Center. Bill has been a diver since 1989, and a NOAA Diver since 1994. He most recently served as Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of the NOAA Ship JOHN N. COBB in southeast Alaska. Previously in NOAA he has served aboard the NOAA Ship DAVID STARR JORDAN, and as a biologist in the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Group at the SWFSC. In this assignment Bill will serve as the Unit Diving Supervisor for the NOAA vessels as well as serve as the point of contact for certification physical examination reviews and editor of this fine newsletter. Bill will appreciate your assistance in learning the nuances of his new assignment. Diving supervisors may assist this transition by re-checking materials submitted to NDC for completeness. This will minimize delays in processing. He may be reached by e-mail at or (206) 526–6460End of Article


Candidates for the January 2001 class in Key West, FL are currently being placed on a waiting list due to high demand. 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: At the top of the page are complete Diver Training form packets that may be printed out. Please complete all forms, providing the information requested and submit the information to the NOAA Diving Center by fax (206) 526– 6506 or by mail.

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

Oct 16 - 27UHMS PhysiciansSeattle, WA
The following classes are scheduled for 2001:
Jan 08 - 26Working DiverKey West, FL
Jan 22 - 26DivemasterKey West, FL
May 07 - 25Working DiverSeattle, WA
May 21 - 25DivemasterSeattle, WA
Sep 10 - 28Working DiverSeattle, WA
Sep 24 - 28DivemasterSeattle, 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 reviewed at http://www.ndc.noaa.govEnd of Article

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