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Diving in bodies of water known to hold contaminants can be dangerous and problematic. Planning must go into operations of this type and all parties should look for potential hazards and risks to mitigate problems.
The truth about ice diving operations is that they are very similar to standard public safety dives, with the addition of problematic factors.
No matter what type of diving you’re going to do, plan appropriately – especially in colder environments.
There are 91 pages in the OSHA diving directive that address diving standards and we concentrated on one paragraph that is in the Appendix. Is it any wonder we missed something?
What happens when the old hats take over? Does this mean that once you become the boss the busy work goes away?
When the Samara sank, that is where our focus was, finding survivors! The seas were rough. We were in a bad storm, all of the repairs that we had made were coming apart beneath us, and we did not even think to check on them. We were trying to save our shipmates in the water.
No matter how much training has taken place beforehand, there are always hazards that public safety divers can potentially encounter. One of the worst hazards to deal with is being in a confined space.
We get questioned a lot on what the difference is between SDI, TDI and ERDI courses, so we decided to put it out there where it’s easy for everyone to find when they start doing research.
When a public safety dive team is called to perform tasks at altitude, altitude factors associated with dive planning and profiles must be considered.