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Suspension and Revocation of Dive Certifications

NOAA dive certifications may be temporarily suspended or permanently revoked for cause. Temporary suspension of NOAA dive certification is typically issued for medical reasons or minor infractions of NOAA diving regulations, policies, or procedures. Permanent revocation of dive certification is typically reserved for more serious conditions or violations of NOAA diving regulations, policies, or procedures.

Temporary Suspension:
Dive certifications can be temporarily suspended for cause by the NDPM, LODO/SODO, UDS, or on-site DM.
Examples of situations and infractions leading to temporary suspension include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure of a diver to maintain minimum diving proficiency;
  • A lapse of CPR, including adult AED, first aid, and/or oxygen administration;
  • Failure to pass the Annual Watermanship Assessment;
  • The NDP DMO has concerns about findings on the Annual Medical Status Form;
  • Failure of a diver to pass a NOAA diving physical examination within the prescribed, age-based interval;
  • Failure of a diver to properly use or maintain NOAA-provided diving gear or support equipment;
  • Failure of a diver to comply with the policies and procedures of this Manual;
  • Reporting to the dive station mentally or physical impaired due to alcohol or other substance abuse;
  • An injury or condition that requires medical treatment beyond basic first aid; and
  • Surfacing from a dive with less than 500 pounds per square inch (psi).

Permanent Revocation:
Permanent revocation of dive certifications shall only be issued by the NDPM upon direction of the NDCSB.
Examples of situations and infractions leading to permanent revocation include, but are not limited to:

  • Flagrant violation of NOAA standards, regulations, and policies; (e.g., diving solo without a tender, diving after notification of a lapsed physical exam without obtaining reauthorization),
  • A not-fit-for-dive duty determination has been made by the Chair, NDMRB, following the conclusion of an Individualized Assessment (See NOAA Diving Medical Standards and Procedures Manual).

Suspension or Revocation Appeal Process:
Suspended divers may appeal the decision to the NDCSB within 30 days of receipt of notification.
Terminated divers may appeal the decision to the OMAO Director within 30 days of receipt of notification.

 

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