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NOAA Diving Training Courses  Divemaster Training

The NDC offers a variety of training courses designed to develop knowledgeable and proficient NOAA divers.Standardized classes range from basic to advanced and include: Working Diver (3 weeks), Divemaster (2 weeks), Working Diver Refresher (1 week), Kirby Morgan M48 Tethered Scuba (1 week), and Diver Medical Technician ( 2 weeks).

Course Descriptions:


Working Diver Training

Objective:
To train NOAA employees to be competent working divers that are able to support the underwater activities required of their organizational unit.

Overview:
The NOAA Working Diver course is an extensive, three-week program designed to train individuals in the various facets of diving and underwater work techniques. During the course, students receive substantial theoretical and practical instruction aimed at exposing them to a variety of equipment, tasks, situations, and environments typically encountered as NOAA working divers. Students perform a variety of underwater projects to develop self confidence and manual dexterity and to instill the team approach to underwater problem solving. Dives are conducted in several different locations (pool, training tank, confined- and open-water) with visibility ranging from many feet to inches. The course also includes an orientation dive in a hyperbaric chamber, several deep dives (>100 feet), and training in variable volume dry suits. Students must successfully complete all water work and pass several written examinations in order to receive certification.

Duration:
Standard Working Diver Course - 3 weeks (17 days)

Content:
Classroom Training - 65 hours (approximate)
Practical "Hands-on" Training - 75 hours (approximate)
Open-water Dives - 25 +

Class Dates: January, May, September

Location:
Seattle, Washington - (May & September) or
Key West, Florida - (January)

Certification:
NOAA Employees NOAA Working Diver Certification
Non-NOAA Employees NOAA Equivalent Diver Certification
All Students NAUI Master Diver Certification
NAUI Nitrox Certification (Optional)
PSI VCI Certification (Optional)

Prerequisites:
NOAA Diving Physical Exam
CPR and First Aid Training
CPR, First Aid, and O2 training or refresher certifications must be current during the entire class. Certificates that expire during class are not acceptable.

Equipment Requirements:
Scuba diving mask and snorkel - all other equipment provided

Cost: See Training Schedule

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Working Diver Refresher Training

Objective:
To re-certify and refresh NOAA employees who have been in inactive status.

Overview:
The NOAA Working Diver refresher course is an extensive, one-week program designed to review the various facets of diving and underwater work techniques. Over the duration of the course, students review diving skills/techniques and receive substantial review of theoretical diving practices. Dives are conducted in several different locations (pool, training tank, confined- and open-water) with visibility ranging from many feet to inches. Students must successfully complete all water work and pass a final written examination in order to return to active diving status.

Duration: 4 days

Content:
Classroom Training - 20 hours (approximate)
Practical "Hands-on" Training - 20 hours (approximate)
Open water dives - 6+

Class Dates: Check Schedule

Location: NOAA Diving Center - Seattle, Washington

Certification: NOAA Employees NOAA Working Diver Certification

Prerequisites:
NOAA Working Diver Certification
NOAA Diving Physical Exam
CPR and First Aid Training

Equipment Required:
Mask and snorkel (non-purging type), drysuit undergarments

Cost: See Training Schedule

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Divemaster Training

Objective:
To prepare NOAA Working Divers to supervise and direct NOAA diving operations.

Overview:
The NOAA Divemaster course is an intensive two-week program designed to help students develop the leadership skills necessary to safely and effectively plan and supervise NOAA diving activities. During the course students receive substantial theoretical and practical instruction aimed at exposing them to a variety of equipment, tasks, situations, and environments typically encountered as NOAA Divemasters. Students are evaluated on their management of diving operations and response to emergency situations and must pass a final written examination in order to receive certification.

Duration: 2 weeks

Content:
Classroom training - 50 hours (approximate)
Practical "Hands-on" training - 50 hours (approximate)

Class Dates: January, May, September

Location:
Seattle, Washington - (May & September) or
Key West, Florida - (January)

Certification: NOAA Divemaster Certification

Prerequisites:
NOAA Scientific Diver or Scientific Diver Equivalent
NOAA Working Diver or NOAA Working Diver Equivalent Certification
CPR and First Aid Training
Minimum of 12 months experience as a NOAA Diver

Equipment Requirements: Skin diving equipment, appropriate outdoor weather gear for the environment

Cost: See Training Schedule

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Medical Person-in-Charge (MPIC)

(CDR Michelle Pelkey is in charge of the MPIC Class and all questions about the class should be directed to her. Her phone number is 541-867-8822.)

Objective:
To train mariners in basic and advanced emergency medical care for shipboard emergencies.

Overview:
The Medical Person In-Charge (MPIC) course is designed for mariners designated to take charge of medical care onboard vessels and is set forth in STCW Section A-VI/4.4-4.6 & Table A-VI/4.2.  It has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for the MPIC certification. Additionally, the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT) has approved this course as meeting the requirements for medical training, as a pre-requisite for DMT training and certification.

Description:
Medical Person-in-Charge is a ten-day course that covers advanced patient care for the person in charge of care at the management level. Topics include:  Suturing & Wound Care, IV Therapy, Medication Administration & Injections, Pain Management, Infectious Diseases, Behavioral Emergencies, Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat, NG Tubes & Urinary Catheterization, Altered Mental States, Specific Diseases, OB/GYN & Infant Care, Complications of Drug & Alcohol Use, Poisoning & Overdoses, Rescue & Death at Sea, Legal Issues, Communication & Documentation, Anatomy, Patient Assessment, Respiratory Emergencies, Cardiovascular Emergencies, Defibrillation (AED), CPR, Bleeding & Shock, Burns, Environmental Emergencies, Spinal Injuries, Lifting & Moving Injured or Ill Patients.  Skill labs and proficiencies are also performed during the course. Students must pass a final written examination in order to receive certification.

Duration: 11 days

Hours of Instruction: 70 hours

Class Dates: November or December 2010

Class Schedule: See Schedule

Maximum Enrollment: 24 students

Location: Marine Operations Center - Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia

Certification: U.S. Coast Guard, Medical Person-in-Charge (MPIC) certification.

Prerequisites: None

Equipment Required: None

Cost: See Training Schedule

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Qualifications For Enrollment:

NOAA employees or contracted employees have first priority. Other individuals will be considered on a space available basis using the following order of priority: other federal agencies, state government, local government. These courses are not open to the general public.

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