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Submarine scuba lockers.

Recent safety surveys have identified several discrepancies. Out of the 11 submarine scuba lockers looked at in the past 12 months, four of them received a substantial number of discrepancies resulting in the recommendation that the command secure diving operations until they correct discrepancies. The Safety Center works for the commanding officer when we are onboard performing a survey. Our goal is to ensure his scuba locker is operating safely. The goal of this article is to list the discrepancies identified and provide recommendations to correct some of these discrepancies. Several of the discrepancies listed below do not have explanations due to the obvious corrective actions.

1. No PMS coverage for scuba equipment.

Recommendation: Review LOEP to ensure all scuba diving equipment is listed. Submit a PMS feedback report (FBR) if LOEP does not list all scuba equipment.

2. Scuba equipment not approved for Navy use.

Recommendation: Ensure scuba regulators, cylinders, manifolds, and buoyancy compensators are listed on the Diving Equipment Authorized for U.S. Navy Use (ANU) located at http://www.supsalv.org/ before procuring equipment.

3. Scuba equipment PMS records do not reflect accurate documentation of completed situational requirement maintenance checks.

Recommendation: List all scuba diving equipment using single line items. This will increase the accuracy of recording PMS that was accomplished.

4. Scuba equipment is not serialized.

Recommendation: Serialize all scuba equipment using locally generated numbers. By serializing each piece of equipment, the maintenance records will reflect what piece of equipment has received the maintenance. Example: Scuba regulator will have each second stage and first stage numbered using the same number.

5. Diver not performing minimum number of dives required by MILPERSMAN 1220-260 and requals are not updated in divers' service records.

Recommendation: Review MILPERSMAN 1220-260 for diving requalification guidance and review all divers service records to ensure entries are up to date. Use MILPERS 1220-100 exhibit four as a template to document requals in service records.

6. Diving officer/diving supervisor are not formally qualified and have no letters of designation.

Recommendation: Implement Diving Officer/Supervisor PQS and ensure all qualified diving officers and supervisors have a letter of designation signed by the commanding officer.

7. Required diving instructions not available.

Recommendation: Obtain a copy of the Naval Safety Center's submarine diving checklist located at www.safetycenter.navy.mil. The checklist lists all required diving instructions.

8. Diving manual does not have current changes.

Recommendation: Current diving manual is U.S Navy Diving Manual Rev 4 (with change A) dated 3/01/01. To obtain a copy go to www.supsalv.org. Password is HOOYAHDEEPSEA.

9. Only two qualified divers onboard.

Recommendation: Work to fill all billets with qualified scuba divers. Four qualified scuba diversonboard is the recommended number of scuba divers to conduct diving operations. Submarines that have only three qualified scuba divers assigned are authorized to conduct dives wih a non-diver commissioned officer acting as the diving supervisor.

10. Dive Reporting System not used in a timely manner (more than a year since last report). Recommendation: If you are having difficulty using the DRS contact the Naval Safety Center at (757) 444-3520 ext. 7606.

11. Command does not have complete file of messages sent to AIG 239.

Recommendation: To obtain copies of the AIG 239 messages go to www.supsalv.org. Password is HOOYAHDEEPSEA.

12. Command does not have current "Diving Safety Lines."

Recommendation: Obtaincopy of the latest as well as past issues of "Diving Safety Lines" at www.safetycenter.navy.mil

13. Scuba regulator over bottom test gauge is OOC, not calibrated, or command does not have an over-bottom test gauge.

Recommendation: Calibrate over-bottom pressure gauge IAW MIP 5921/032-C2. Over-bottom pressure gauges are considered critical gauges and require calibration every 18 months.

14. The command's only scuba bottle pressure gauge is OOC.

Recommendation: If the scuba pressure test gauge is used to accomplish comparative accuracy test on the submersible pressure gauges, ensure the pressure gauge is more accurate than the gauge that is being compared and that the test gauge is calibrated.

15. Scuba bottles out of static test and are still in use.

Recommendation: Do not use scuba bottles that exceed five years since last hydrostatic test was performed. Ensure all scuba bottles are hydrostatic tested IAW, MIP 5921/019.

16. Divers not CPR qualified.

17. Inadequate stowage of diving equipment.

18. Full facemask regulators not covered by PMS.

19. Latest PMS force revision not implemented.

20. Diving smooth logs are not filled out correctly and are not signed by diving supervisor or by diving officer.

21. Diver's physical has expired.

22. Scuba depth gauges out of calibration.

23. No diving supervisors onboard.

24. Divers not issued wet suits.

We encourage you to contact us for any assistance your command needs to ensure your scuba locker is operating correctly. Our phone numbers are COM: (757) 444-3520, DSN 564-3520 ext. 7606 or e-mail us at safediveslavage@navy.mil.
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Author:Birmingham
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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