Friday, June 22, 2012

Surface Supplied Diving Techniques for Public Safety Diving

Hosted on: June 9, 2012, NASAR 2012 Annual Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA

Surface Supplied Diving Techniques for Public Safety Diving

Professional surface supplied diving is a team effort. It’s of paramount importance that the topside team, as well as the divers, are all trained and qualified to do their job. The safety and success of a diving operation is only as good as the weakest link on the team. Divers will often make serious mistakes and increase their risks on the job when a tender or communications person is not alert and responding when needed.

Many diving operations are in shallow water, less than 80 feet (24 meters) and often are conducted in remote, hard-to-get-to areas. Prior to the availability of lightweight, portable surface supplied diving equipment, the most common method that was used for diving and working in these remote areas was SCUBA. Working underwater with SCUBA diving equipment is less efficient and poses several safety risks for working divers.

The primary differences between Surface Supplied Diving and SCUBA Diving include the following: using voice communication, have unlimited breathing gas supply, use surface support and they are tethered to the surface.

Public Safety Dive teams with appropriate budgets need to consider using surface supplied air for safety reasons especially in limited visibility.

For assistance preparing and scheduling training for your Team contact ERDI or Omni Divers Underwater Services, L.L.C. directly. or call 207.729.4201

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