Disposition Of Combat Divers

7. Combat Diving Establishments. The Land Force combat diving capability is resident in regular force engineer units. CFAO 43-2 "Diving Organization, Responsibilities and Administrative Instructions" outlines the establishment and organization of combat diving teams.

8. The Army Dive Centre. Mandated to develop combat diving doctrine, training, techniques, and procedures and is the focal point for all matters and policy issues concerning combat diving.

Combat Diving SAFETY

9. Combat Diving Safety. The most effective safety mechanism in diving is a proficient combat diver. The procedures and methods outlined in B-GG-380-000/FP-002, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 2, Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus will not be superseded by this or any other CF document unless authorized. B-GL-380-0001/FP-002 is the source document for, and governs, the conduct of all CF self-contained compressed air diving.

10. It is not within the scope of this manual to detail all the pertinent safety requirements, procedures, and considerations. Specifics are outlined and maintained in the relevant references, documents, and material (see Annex A of this chapter). In addition to those related to diving, the following factors must be considered:

a. the use and effects of explosives and explosive accessories;

b. the use and effects of small arms and ammunition;

c. operational safety;

d. training safety;

e. operation of boats and watercraft;

f. operations in contaminated environments;

g. helicopter operations;

h. geographic and climatic setting;

i. environmental impact; and j. the safe transportation and handling of dangerous goods, hazardous materials, and weapons.

11. Safety Support to Operations and Training Over Water. Combat divers may be tasked to provide safety support to training and operations over water. B-GL-381-001/TS-000, Operational Training, Training Safety details the requirements for safety organizations.

Combat divers have the capability to support a safety standby organization for the following types of tasks and training activities:

a. all-arms watermanship training;

b. assault boat operations;

c. amphibious vehicle operations;

d. parachute operations involving, or the potential of, water drops;

e. rafting and ferrying operations;

f. deep fording operations; and g. low altitude fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operations and training.

12. Safety Standby Organization. The senior combat diver supervisor, supporting the training, exercise, or operation must be prepared to offer advice to the safety standby commander on dive related matters.

13. LWSSDS. The LWSSDS is to be used during certain types of safety standby tasks, as this equipment will facilitate the entry into drowned vehicles or aircraft and provides the diver supervisor with direct control and communications with the rescue divers. The minimum required number of divers and support personnel when using LWSSDS are:

Figure 7-1: LSSWDS

a. diving supervisor: will tend standby diver No. 3;

b. stand-by diver No. 1—in CABA, at the immediate state;

c. stand-by diver No. 2—LSSWDS at the immediate state;

d. stand-by diver No. 3—in CABA at the ready state; will automatically go to the immediate state at the onset of an emergency;

Organization, Safety, Training, Administration and Equipment e. diving tender—will tend diver No. 2; and f. boat operator.

14. Safety Boat and Equipment. The dive boat will be equipped as per IAW standard diving safety procedures. The safety boat will be equipped as detailed in B-GL-381-001/TS-000,

Operational Training, Training Safety.

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