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
NOAA NO-DECOMPRESSION TABLES
FOR NOAA DIVERS
ON-LINE DIVE LOG (DMS)
Forms  FORMS
Find us on Facebook

 
Training & Certification

Maintaining NOAA Dive Certifications

Dive Proficiency:
Must log a minimum of three (3) dives per calendar quarter OR 24 dives in a calendar year.

  • Calendar quarters are Jan 1 - Mar 31; Apr 1 – Jun 30; July 1 – Sep 30; Oct 1 – Dec 31

Please note that authorization to dive will be suspended if divers do not log at least 3 dives in a quarter in the DMS (NOAA Dive Log). If there are no other problems recorded in the DMS, and the diver still has time to accrue the full 24 dives required, divers should contact their Unit Diving Supervisor (UDS) to change their DMS designation to “authorized”.

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