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What is over bottom diving?

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Over bottom diving occurs when a diver is able to see the sea floor or bottom but it is too deep to be accessed.

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What is the purpose of the Annual Medical History form?

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The Annual Medical History form, or NF 57-03-54 Report of Medical History - Annual Update, is used to report changes in your medical condition within the past year. If you have reported a medical condition in the past that has not changed, you do not need to describe it in detail again.

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When is my Annual Medical History due?

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The Annual Medical History (otherwise known as NF 57-03-54 Report of Medical History - Annual Update) is due once a year on the same month that your last physical was conducted, regardless of when it was submitted to the Diving Program.  Please note that your birth month is also not relevant to the due date. The key here is that your annual history should be completed and submitted annually on the same month that your physician performed your last physical.

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What are the educational requirements to apply for NOAA Corps?

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Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree awarded from a postsecondary institution accredited by the U. S. Department of Education. Accreditation can be verified at the Department of Education website. Preferably the applicant's major is in a course of study related to NOAA's scientific or technical activities.

All applicants, regardless of degree(s) awarded, must have completed at least 48 semester (72 quarter) hours in science, math or engineering course work pertaining to NOAA's missions. Course work shall include college level calculus and/or physics.

For more information click on eligibility requirements

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

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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.

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What do I need to do with my boat for winterization & storage?

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This article at BoatUS.com has comprehensive information on "Winterizing Your Engine".

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How often are DUSA inspections conducted?

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Diving Unit Safety Assessments (DUSA) are conducted by DUSA inspectors at each diving unit site once every three years. Diving units conduct their own inspections every year and submit the results to their Unit Diving Supervisor. 

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Can I apply for NOAA Corps if I am not a US citizen?

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As a uniformed service of the United States, NOAA Corps only accepts applicants who are US citizens. All applicants must speak, read and write English fluently.

For more information click on eligibility requirements

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