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Diving Program

Tethered Communications

Objective: Prepare NOAA Divers and topside support personnel to safely conduct diving operations using tethered communications.

A student outfitted with tethered communications equipment gives the OK sign

A student taking the Tethered Communications class at the NOAA Diving Center practices working as a safety diver. The safety diver is configured in the same way as the tethered diver and must be ready to enter the water in one minute or less during an emergency.

The NOAA Tethered Communications course is an intensive one-week program that includes theoretical and practical instruction for NOAA Divers and topside personnel. All students learn how to use specialized equipment and practice using them in various roles that include topside tender, standby diver, and diver.

Topics covered

  • Setting up a diving station
  • Pre-dive safety checks
  • Troubleshooting equipment problems
  • Extraction of injured divers and emergency assistance

Duration

1 week

Certification:

  • NOAA Tethered Communications

Prerequisites:

  • NOAA Diver (for scuba divers)
  • Familiarity with diving operations (for non-diving topside support)
  • CPR, AED and first aid certificates (current during the entire class: certificates that expire during class are not acceptable)

Equipment Requirements

  • SEP diving equipment

Application Materials:

All application materials must be RECEIVED by the NOAA Diving Center 30 days prior to the course start date. They can be e-mailed to the Diving Center at Support.NDC@NOAA.gov.

Include copies of your CPR, AED & First Aid certificates (these should be current through the end of class)

 

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Reviewed: April 29, 2016. Contact us with page issues.

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