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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.  Our core courses include: Module 1 & 2 NOAA Diver, Module 3 NOAA Diver with Special Task Endorsements, and Divemaster.

Course Descriptions:

NOAA Diver Training

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

Module 1: Intro NOAA Diver

Designed for the beginner or inexperienced diver.  Module 1 is a two week course that starts with the diving basics and works through underwater tasks, rescue techniques, and NOAA policies and procedures.  The intent is for the diver to finish Module 1 with the diving knowledge needed to conduct underwater tasks as a dive buddy or standby diver and authorized to conduct workup and proficiency dives with their unit.  This module certifies the diver as a NOAA Diver.

Module 2: NOAA Diver

This one week course is designed for the experienced diver meeting the prerequisites of Basic Recreational Certification & 50 dives, or Advanced Recreational Certification & 25 dives.  With the prior knowledge of diving principles divers focus on rescue techniques, underwater tasks, and NOAA policies and procedures.  This module certifies the diver with the same certification as Module 1 which is NOAA Diver.

Module 3: NOAA Diver Component Course
The prerequisite for this course is the completion of the NOAA Diver or NOAA Scientific Diver course. Module 3 is a one week course designed to train individuals in the various facets of diving and underwater work techniques resulting in Special Task Endorsements (STE).  These STEs are chosen from the responses received from the Training Request and Authorization
form.  Core STEs include:  Lift Bags & Rigging, Reels & Surface Marker Buoys, Reduced Visibility, and Search & Recovery Techniques. Unique STEs include: Drysuit, Scientific Survey, Long Distance Navigation, Ship Husbandry, Anchoring Devices, Pneumatic Tools, Disentanglement, and Full Face Mask.

Module 3 can be taken in conjunction with Module 1 or 2, or as a standalone course for current Scientific Divers.

Duration:
Module 1: Two-week course

Module 2: One-week course

Module 3: One-week course

Common Class Dates: January, May, September

Location:
Seattle, Washington - (May & September) or
Panama City, Florida - (January)

Certification:
Students must successfully complete all water work and pass written examinations in order to receive certification.

NOAA Employees : NOAA Diver Certification
Non-NOAA Employees : NOAA Diver Certification
All Students : NAUI Advanced Diver Certification
NAUI Nitrox Certification (Optional)

Prerequisites:
NOAA Diving Physical Exam
CPR and First Aid Training (Current during the entire class. Certificates that expire during class are not acceptable.)

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

Cost: See Training Schedule

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Divemaster Training

Objective:
Prepare NOAA 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

Class Dates: January, May, September

Location:
Seattle, Washington - (May & September) or
Panama City, Florida - (January)

Certification: NOAA Divemaster Certification

Prerequisites:
NOAA Diver or Scientific Diver Equivalent
CPR and First Aid Training

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

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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