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Commander Dan Simon just after a dive in the Pacific.
January 18, 2017
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Learn more about the life of a NOAA Corps officer and NOAA diver.

Commander Dan Simon just after a dive in the Pacific.
January 18, 2017
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Frequently Asked Question

What should I send to the SEP for service?

The following equipment must be sent back to the Standardized Equipment Program (SEP) office for annual service:

  • Primary regulator first stage and second stages with pressure gauge, UWATEC, and LP inflator hose
  • Reserve Air Supply System (RASS) regulator first and second stages with pressure gauge
  • Alternate Air Source with Buoyancy Compensator connector (remove from BCD at shoulder)

The most convenient way to safely pack the items for shipping is to put them in your regulator bag.

The shipping address is:

Standardized Equipment Program
NOAA Diving Center
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 8
Seattle, WA 98115

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail message to SEP.ndc@noaa.gov.

Frequently Asked Question

What kind of diver recall system should I get?

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

Frequently Asked Question

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

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
Frequently Asked Question

How do I wear a RASS?

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.

 

Drawing of NOAA wetsuit configuration with Reserve Air Supply System
July 14, 2011
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Frequently Asked Question

When do I have to wear a RASS? 

General Guidelines

A Reserve Air Supply System (RASS) must be worn by NOAA Divers on OSHA-subject dives. In general, they are not required on dives that meet OSHA's Scientific Exemption, however, there are exceptions to this (see the "dives exempt from OSHA regulations" section below for more details). Read more about OSHA regulations on the NDP regulations page

Dives Subject to OSHA Regulations

  • Divers must always have a reserve supply of air. Divers can meet this requirement by using:
    • For depths 0-30 feet: a spare air bottle
    • For depths 0-130 feet: a RASS

Dives Exempt from OSHA Regulations (Scientific Exemption)

  • Divers must use a reserve supply of air when diving:
    • Outside of no-decompression limits
    • In overhead environments
    • In low visibility where diver cannot read his/her pressure gauge
    • In enclosed/confined spaces
    • Deeper than 100 feet
    • Line tended solo diving
    • Whenever Divemaster or Lead Diver directs divers to wear one
  • Divers can meet these requirement by using:
    • For depths 0-30 feet: a spare air bottle
    • For depths 0-130 feet: a RASS

            

Frequently Asked Question

How do I log into the DMS (Dive Management System)?

In order to use the DMS, you need to be a NOAA Diver in active or suspended status. Inactive divers (former NOAA Divers) will not be able to log in. 

To access the DMS webpage first go to the DMS portal, then log in using your user name and password. 

Because the current database uses Microsoft Silverlight software, you must use a browser that supports this software, such as Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that DMS cannot be used on Google Chrome. If you continue to have problems logging into the system, please contact Jennifer Carriere (206-526-6623).

NOAA Diver surrounded by fish with video camera and lamp
October 7, 2010
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