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Divers note.

A submarine scuba diver seeking information about his personnel dive history (PDH) recently visited the Naval Safety Center. In his estimation, he had performed about 50 working dives which should be reflected in his PDH. To his surprise, his file only contained the dives he had performed in scuba school and half a dozen working dives.

To correct this discrepancy, he will have go through his personal dive log and resubmit the missing dives. If his personal log has not been kept up to date, he will have to contact his previous commands in the hope that the information is still on file. An "iffy" situation at best. Some possible ramifications of this situation are loss of qualifications and pay if the information can't be corrected. It is imperative that you, as divers, dive supervisors, and diving officers, insure that the proper documentation is being completed, routed, and submitted to the Naval Safety Center in a timely manner. The bottom line is that the person performing the dive is ultimately responsible for his or her own diving records.

This brings up the next topic, the Dive Reporting System (DRS). The new version of DRS 5.1.5 is available on our web site for down load or you can complete the online order form and we will send it via mail. We highly recommend updating to the latest version ASAP. When you have updated to the new DRS, ensure that you perform the UIC/command name maintenance and thoroughly go through the personal information (especially the SSN data). The default SSN is 999-99-9999, and we have been receiving dives with this number in the data field. A diver's SSN is his/her identifier in our system. If you fail to provide the correct information there is no way for us to retrieve his/her PDH.

The last topic is non-critical gauges. An example of a non-critical gauge is a scuba bottle, hand-held bottle gauge. If you purchase a new bottle gauge and wish to put it in service, you must identify it as a non-critical gauge. We also strongly recommended you calibrate the gauge prior to initial service then attach a no-cal required sticker. Maintain documentation such as in-service date and serial number in an auditable manner for the life of the gauge. The gauge can be kept in service until damaged or suspected of inaccuracy at which time it will have to be recalibrated or disposed of. Refer to MIP 5921/32 for more guidance. "Dive Safely!"
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Date:Mar 1, 2003
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