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Diving Program

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Question

Does the Dive Person in Charge (DPIC) need to be a certified NOAA diver?

Answer

No. 

Question

How can I test my compressor relief valves and pressure gauges?

Answer

Considering the need for extra equipment to do this and the potential complications, the NOAA Diving Program recommends having a service technician for your particular brand of compressor test the relief valves and calibrate the gauges during routine compressor servicing. Some pressure relief valves, most likely very high pressure ones, may need to be sent to the manufacturer for testing.

Interestingly, not all valves can be tested. Some spring activated valves will reset upon release; these valves may be tested. Other valves are one-use only and when activated will not reset; these valves cannot be tested. The manufacturer will know which valves are installed on the compressor.

Question

What should I send to the SEP for service?

Answer

The following equipment must be sent back to the Standardized Equipment Program (SEP) office for annual service:

  • Primary regulator first stage and second stages with pressure gauge, UWATEC, and LP inflator hose
  • Reserve Air Supply System (RASS) regulator first and second stages with pressure gauge
  • Alternate Air Source with Buoyancy Compensator connector (remove from BCD at shoulder)

The most convenient way to safely pack the items for shipping is to put them in your regulator bag.

The shipping address is:

Standardized Equipment Program
NOAA Diving Center
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 8
Seattle, WA 98115

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail message to SEP.ndc@noaa.gov.

Question

Who may attend NOAA Diving Center courses?

Answer

NOAA employees, NOAA contractors, NOAA volunteers and other federal, state, and local government employees may apply to attend NOAA Diving courses. Classes are not open to the general public.

Question

What is the NOAA Diving Manual and where can I get it?

Answer

The NOAA Diving Manual is a comprehensive reference specifically designed for the diving professional. It was originally written for use by NOAA divers to assist them in conducting various operations and significant contributions to the manual are still provided by experienced NOAA personnel. The NOAA Diving Manual should not be confused with the NOAA Diving Standards and Safety Manuals which contain NOAA's diving regulations. 

The NOAA Diving Manual is published by Best Publishing Company and can be purchased through them or through many other commercial book retailers. 

 

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