Objective: Prepare NOAA Divers and topside support personnel to safely conduct diving operations using tethered communications.
Note: The NOAA Diving Program (NDP) provides training primarily to NOAA employees that are authorized by their supervisors to dive as part of their job description. However, NDP also welcomes federal, state, and local government employees for a fee into its courses as space permits. Please contact NDP Support(link sends e-mail) for updated fees if you are not a NOAA employee. Classes are not open to the public.
Upcoming course dates can be found on the website calendar, or on this Google Calendar.
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.
- Setting up a diving station
- Pre-dive safety checks
- Troubleshooting equipment problems
- Extraction of injured divers and emergency assistance
- NOAA Tethered Communications
- 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)
- SEP diving equipment
All application materials must be RECEIVED by the NOAA Diving Center at least 30 business days prior to the course start date. Forms can be requested from and returned to the NOAA Diving Center.
Include copies of your CPR, AED & First Aid certificates (these should be current through the end of class)