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Working Diver Training Course Practical Skills

The NOAA Working Diver course includes approximately 65 hours of practical, hands-on instruction in various topside and underwater skills. During the three-week course, students conduct 6 pool dives and 28 open-water dives, 10 of which are in variable-volume dry suits, at depths ranging from 30 – 110 fsw. A recompression chamber orientation dive to 130 fsw is also conducted. Specific skills taught during the course are listed below.

1. Watermanship evaluation (NOAA swim test)

2. Skin diving skills

  • Pre-dive equipment assembly and inspection
  • Mask clearing
  • Snorkel clearing
  • Buoyancy control with swim vest (manual inflation/deflation)
  • Water entries
  • Kicks
  • Swimming with mask, fins, snorkel, and swim vest
  • Ear equalization during descent
  • Surface dives/descents/ascents
  • Rescues

3. Scuba diving skills

  • Pre-dive equipment assembly and inspection
  • Water entries and exits (shore, boats, piers)
  • Regulator clearing and recovery
  • Snorkel/regulator exchange
  • Buoyancy control with BC and variable-volume dry-suits (descents/ascents/on-bottom/hovering)
  • Swimming with mask, fins, snorkel, wet-suit, and scuba
  • Swimming with mask, fins, snorkel, dry-suit, and scuba
  • Dry-suit blow-up escape and prevention
  • Mask, fins, and weight belt removal and replacement underwater
  • Underwater communications (hand-signals)
  • Air sharing (buddy breathing)
  • Controlled emergency swimming ascent
  • Tired swimmer’s carry
  • Buddy transport (do-si-do)
  • Surfacing an unconscious diver
  • In-water artificial respiration
  • Dive profile information recording (depth, bottom time, cylinder air pressure)
  • Underwater search and navigation
  • Use of tools and equipment underwater
    - Light hand tools (wrenches, saws, pliers)
    - Lift bags
    - Acoustic listening devices (pinger locators)
    - Wireless communication

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