blank
blank
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Skip navigation - go to page contentNOAA Diving Program Home
blank
blank
blank
GENERAL INFORMATION
TRAINING & CERTIFICATION
STANDARDIZED EQUIPMENT PROGRAM
DIVE REGULATIONS
RECIPROCITY
REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS
SITE MAP
On-Line Dive LogON-LINE DIVE LOG has a new
URL. Please update your bookmarks
to https://dms.ndc.noaa.gov:784/

* limited access site
Forms  FORMS
NOAA Diving Program | FacebookNDC on facebook

 
Training & Certification

Maintaining NOAA Dive Certifications

Dive Proficiency:
Must log a minimum of three (3) dives per calendar quarter

  • Calendar quarters are Jan 1 - Mar 31; Apr 1 - Jun 30; July 1 - Sep 30; Oct 1 - Dec 31
  • Authorization to dive will be suspended if the above is not met.

Medical Standards (See NOAA Diving Standards and Safety Manual)

Emergency Care Training:
Divers and DPICs must remain current and provide proof of training to the UDS and NDC in:

  • Adult CPR, including AED;
  • First Aid (American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or equivalent); and
  • Oxygen administration, which shall be completed annually and may be accomplished by completing the NOAA on-line refresher course followed by hands-on practice.

Annual Watermanship Assessment:
NOAA divers must pass the NOAA Diving Watermanship Assessment on an annual basis.  Completion of this requirement is to be documented on the Annual Watermanship Assessment (NF 57-03-40) by the UDS, or designee, and filed on site.

Annual Training Requirement:
All NOAA divers shall undergo annual refresher training consisting of in-water skills and academic instruction.  Training shall be conducted over 2 separate days and documented in the Unit Training Log.

  • In-water Training

The UDS or designee will conduct a checkout dive with each diver to assess in-water rescue and basic diving skills, including the retrieval of an unconscious diver from the surface of the water to a vessel or shore.  Successful completion of skills is to be documented on the Report of NOAA Skills Evaluation Check Out Dive (NF 57-03-35) by the UDS or designee.

  • Classroom Training

Complete academic instruction (self-study or instructor-lead) in the following topics:

  • Oxygen administration;
  • Recognition and treatment of diving accidents and injuries;
  • 5-minute neurological examination;
  • Rescue techniques;
  • Diving accident management;
  • NOAA Dive Tables for Multiple Air Dives; and
  • NOAA Diving Standards, Policies, and Procedures.

Physical Conditioning Training:

Diving is physically demanding and it is imperative that both divers and managers recognize the need for a continual and aggressive exercise program that exceeds basic health maintenance standards.  In order to help maintain appropriate fitness to dive, immediate supervisors may grant currently authorized NOAA divers up to 3 hours per week of official time to help maintain a conditioning level sufficient to pass the annual watermanship assessment.
blank
blank

Contact Information | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer for External Links

Comments about this site can be directed to:
omao.comments@noaa.gov

A publication of the NOAA Dive Center, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

blank
blank