Topside Newsletter: June 2017
In this issue: NDSSM, shore dive recalls?, Field Trainers, Tethered communications, new UDS, back-mounted BCDs, ace your DUSA, hyperbaric chambers at NDC, next NDCSB meeting, T-Shirt design contest, submit your questions.
Get to know your NDSSM
Interviews completed after a recent diving incident brought to light that some divers are still unclear about where they can find the most up-to-date NOAA diving regulations. As of April 5, 2017, The NOAA Diving Standards and Safety Manual (NDSSM) became the official NOAA Diving Program policy manual. Since this is the first time the program has adopted a single regulatory manual, changes to this manual are extensive, and therefore every diver should take the time to become familiar with its contents. You can download a copy of the NDSSM at:
Please note that the table of contents is dynamic and clicking on the subject of your choice will take you to that section.
Wanted: ideas for recalling divers during shore dives
Some units conduct dives from shore and have found it hard to identify an effective means to recall divers in this type of environment. Have you used a reliable method in this type of situation or have an idea for something that would work?
Help your fellow divers! Send any suggestions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses and Refreshers for Field Trainers
This week, NDC Instructor Nick Jeremiah is in Key Largo training LTJG John Katchenago (UDS – Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary) and Jay Grove (UDS – Southeast Fisheries Science Center) to become Field Trainers. The new skills they are learning will be helpful to them when training NOAA volunteers or employees/contractors with extensive diving experience that, for various reasons, may not be able to enroll in a NOAA Diver course.
Another class for Field Trainers will be offered August 21-25 in Seattle, WA. Candidates need to have LODO recommendations and be Board approved, have at least NOAA Divemaster certification, and have logged at least 100 NOAA Dives.
Currently certified Scientific Diver Instructors should plan on participating in a Field Trainer refresher in order to maintain their certification. All Field Trainers will be required to train at least one diver every two years or participate in a Field Trainer refresher class in order to maintain certification. Options for refreshers are:
- Participate in the instruction of a NOAA Diver Module 2 class (next available class is September 15-22 in Seattle, WA – Please contact email@example.com to enroll)
- An NDC instructor can co-teach a class with the candidate on site (please contact the NDC Manager Dave Kowalick at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate this)
NDC is planning to offer a week long tethered communications class on the east coast if there is enough interest from students. Please send an e-mail to Dave Kowalick (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending a tethered communications class, including your preferred location, by July 14.
As of June 7, 2017, LCDR Ryan Wattam became the new UDS for the OMAO / Headquarters diving unit in Silver Spring, MD. This unit encompasses a variety of subunits in the area, including divers in NESDIS, NMFS, NOS, NWS, and OMAO. The former UDS, CDR Eric Johnson, will be reporting for duty as Commanding Officer of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in late June.
The UDS group in charge of determining the features required for an SEP-provided back-mounted BCDs has completed its research and is now working with the SEP manager to identify an appropriate model.
How to ace your DUSA
Diving Safety Officer Roger Mays has compiled a list of tips to help you sail through your next Diving Unit Safety Assessment (DUSA). Download it here for the most up-to-date advice!
Submit your dive photos!
You’re out diving and we want to see what your projects look like! Help us illustrate the activities of NDP divers by sending your photos and a short write-up about them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post the pictures on the NDP Facebook page and/or the NDP website.
Hyperbaric Chambers at NDC
Ever wondered what kind of hyperbaric chambers are maintained at NDC? Check out the newest story in the Topside blog: FEMA Back Up Treatment Chambers.
Next NDCSB Meeting
The next NDCSB meeting is scheduled on Tuesday July 25 at 11am Pacific Time. If you are interested in listening to the meeting proceedings please send a request to email@example.com to receive the meeting conference line number.
T-Shirt Design Contest continues
Help the NDC Ship Store design a new T-shirt! Submit entries to NDCshipstore@gmail.com by August 1, 2017. The winning entry will receive a free shirt.
Questions you would like NDC or NDCSB to address? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.