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Diving deficiencies.

Over the past year, we have been providing diving assistance with submarine safety surveys. Listed below are the top discrepancies we have seen.

* Do service record entries (Page 4s) properly document diver re-qualification?

Solution: MILPERSMAN 1220-260 provides policy and definitions of diving re-qualifications. MILPERSMAN 1220-100 exhibit 4 provides the sample format for documenting qualifications and re-qualifications and instructions for data entry.

MILPERSMAN 1220-100 exhibit 5 provides dive re-qualification standards.

* Is the command using the Dive Reporting System (DRS) and are they submitting the information promptly?

Solution: The most current version of the Dive Reporting System (DRS) is the windows based version 5.1.5. If your command needs this version please visit our website at www.safetycenter.navy.mil/afloat/diving/drs/default.htm. Instructions are provided for downloading the current version or patch files, and an on-line CD-ROM request form for those commands needing a copy.

* Is PMS being performed on all regulators?

Solution: "R" checks, completion of an documentation of the same. Need I say more?

A submarine scuba diver is unique in the diving navy. It's a collateral duty, your gear is stowed/crammed from bow to stern and you may only dive enough to maintain your qualifications. However, the administration, training and equipment maintenance still needs to be accomplished and properly documented. We strongly recommend you take a good hard look at your diving lockers. What you find might surprise you. The diving safety survey checklist is an excellent tool you can use to check on the status of your lockers. Correct any deficiencies you may find and check your program often. It will make things safer for your divers. If you have any questions, please contact us.
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Title Annotation:submarines
Publication:FLASH
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Date:Jan 1, 2003
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