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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to get my hair cut at Basic Officer Training?

Answer

For more information on personal appearance click on Basic Officer Training Requirements

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Who should do my boat's Annual Small Boat Evaluations (ASBE)?

Answer
Annual Small Boat Evaluations (ASBE) are conducted by Vessel Operations Coordinators (VOC), Commanding Officers (CO), or their designee(s) using the approved ASBE outline and checklist.

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What is Basic Officer Training Class like?

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For more information click on Basic Officer Training

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What kind of diver recall system should I get?

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At this time, the NOAA Diving Program does not have a specific brand requirement. Feel free to buy one that you like. 

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When should NOAA Corps Officers log a dive to receive dive pay?

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Dives should be logged by the 10th of the following month.  For example, to get dive pay for November, you must log your November dive by December 10th.

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What are Dive Orders?

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In order for a NOAA Corps Officer to become authorized to dive, the officer must first receive Officer Diving Authorization or "Dive Orders." The authorization is official when the NOAA Form 56-30 Officer Diving Authorization Request is completed and signed by the officer, the officer's supervisor, and the Diving Program Manager. An Officer Diving Authorization Request form must be completed at the beginning of each fiscal year (October 1) or whenever the officer is assigned to a new diving unit. 

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What class is my boat?

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Small Boat ClassDefinition
Class A less than 16 feet length overall
Class I 16 to less than 26 feet length overall
Class II 26 to less than 40 feet length overall
Class III 40 to less than 65 feet length overall
Small Research Vessel (SRV) greater than 65 feet length overall but less than 300 gross tons

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What should be inside a NOAA Divemaster Kit?

Answer

The NOAA Diving Program requires that Diving Units keep the following items in their Divemaster Kits: (Divers should also complement these with items that are useful to the type of diving they do.)

Tools and gear that should be included in a NOAA Divemaster kit.

These are some of the items that are required to be inside a NOAA Divemaster Kit. 

  • O-rings
  • Extra fin straps and mask straps
  • Mouth pieces
  • Zip ties
  • Port plugs (high pressure and low pressure)
  • Scuba tools (things like allen wrenches for the port plugs, small adjustable wrenches to tighten hoses, screwdriver set, side cutters for zip ties, etc…)
  • Snorkel keepers
  • HP spool (a cylindrical object that creates a seal between the HP gauge and the HP hose that allows the gauge to swivel around without leaking) 

Question

How do I wear a RASS?

Answer

The Reserve Air Supply System (RASS) is worn by NOAA Divers on their right side, as shown in the illustration below.

If a NOAA Diver wishes to use the RASS in a different configuration, a waiver request must be submitted through the diver's Unit Diving Supervisor to the Line or Staff Office Diving Officer. 

NOTE:

  • RASS cylinder valves are never to have a cap. The cap and string may interfere with opening the valve and/or removing the second stage from the bag. 
  • Don’t forget to remove RASS cylinders from the pouch to minimize cylinder oxidation. The bottom of the cylinders are especially prone to damage. 

 

Drawing of NOAA wetsuit configuration with Reserve Air Supply System

Appendix 7-1 drawing from the July 14, 2011 NOAA Working Diving Standards and Safety Manual (NWDSSM) illustrating a NOAA diver wetsuit configuration. Mask: eyes. Snorkel: left side of head. Regulator: mouth, hose over right shoulder. Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD) inflator hose: left shoulder. Inline alternate air source: left shoulder. BCD: right side. Reserve Air Supply System (RASS): right side. Whistle: left shoulder. Weight belt: waist, right hand release. Gauge console: under left arm. Fins: carried in hand. Knife: right ankle.

 

Question

Where can I get more RASS bottles (13 cu ft)?

Answer

NOAA diving units can:

  • purchase Reserve Air Supply System (RASS) bottles at a local dive store
  • contact the NOAA Diving Program and we will send you as many as you need

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