Diving Safety And Planning Checklist

Ensure that all divers have removed anything from their mouths on which they might choke during a dive (gum, dentures, tobacco).

Thoroughly drill all personnel in Emergency Procedures, with particular attention to cross-training; drills should include:

Rapid undressing First aid Embolism Near-drowning Blowup Lost diver

Emergency recompression Fire

Rapid dressing Restoration of breathing Electric shock Entrapment


_ Complete Planning, Organization, and Coordination Activities:

_ 1. Ensure that other means of accomplishing mission have been considered before deciding to use divers.

_ 2. Ensure that contingency planning has been conducted.

_ 3. Carefully state goals and tasks of each mission and develop a flexible plan of operations

_ 4. Completely brief the diving team and support personnel (paragraph 6-12).

_ 5. Designate a Master Diver or properly qualified Diving Supervisor to be in charge of the mission.

_ 6. Designate a recorder/timekeeper and verify that he understands his duties and responsibilities.

_ 7. Determine the exact depth at the job-site through the use of a lead line, pneumofathome-

ter, or commercial depth sounder.

_ 8. Verify existence of an adequate supply of compressed air available for all planned diving operations plus an adequate reserve for emergencies.

_ 9. Ensure that no operations or actions on part of diving team, support personnel, technicians, boat crew, winch operators, etc., take place without the knowledge of and by the direct command of the Diving Supervisor.

_ 10.All efforts must be made through planning, briefing, training, organization, and other preparations to minimize bottom time. Water depth and the condition of the diver (especially fatigue), rather than the amount of work to be done, shall govern diver's bottom time.

_ 11.Current decompression tables shall be on hand and shall be used in all planning and scheduling of diving operations.

_ 12.Instruct all divers and support personnel not to cut any lines until approved by the Diving


_ 13.Ensure that ship, boat, or diving craft is securely moored and in position to permit safest and most efficient operations (exceptions are emergency and critical ship repairs).

_ 14.Verify that, when using surface-supplied techniques, the ship, boat, or diving craft has at least a two-point moor.

_ 15.Ensure that, when conducting SCUBA operations in hazardous conditions, a boat can be quickly cast off and moved to a diver in distress.

_ Perform Diving Safety Procedures, Establish Safety Measures:

_ 1. Ensure that each diver checks his own equipment in addition to checks made by tenders, technicians or other support personnel.

_ 2. Designate a standby diver for all diving operations; standby diver shall be dressed to the necessary level and ready to enter the water if needed.

_ 3. Assign buddy divers, when required, for all scuba operations.

Figure 6-19c. Diving Safety and Planning Checklist (sheet 3 of 4).


(Sheet 4 of 4)


Take precautions to prevent divers from being fouled on bottom. If work is conducted

inside a wreck or other structure, assign a team of divers to accomplish task. One diver

enters wreck, the other tends his lines from point of entry.


When using explosives, take measures to ensure that no charge shall be fired while

divers are in water.


Use safety procedures as outlined in relevant Naval publications for all U/W cutting and

welding operations.


Brief all divers and deck personnel on the planned decompression schedules for each

particular dive. Check provisions for decompressing the diver.


Verify that ship, boat, or diving craft is displaying proper signals, flags, day shapes, or

lights to indicate diving operations are in progress. (Consult publications governing Inter

national or Inland Rules, International/Inland local signals, and Navy communications



Ensure that protection against harmful marine life has been provided. (See Appendix 5C.)

10.Check that the quality of diver's air supply is periodically and thoroughly tested to ensure


11.Thoroughly brief boat crew.


12.Verify that proper safety and operational equipment is aboard small diving boats or craft.

_ Notify Proper Parties that Dive Operations Are Ready to Commence:


Diving Officer


Commanding Officer


Area Commander


Officer of the Deck/Day


Command Duty Officer or Commanding Officer of ships alongside


Bridge, to ensure that ship's personnel shall not:

_ turn the propeller or thrusters

_ get underway

_ activate active sonar or other electronics

_ drop heavy items overboard

_ shift the moor


Ship Duty Officer, to ensure that ship's personnel shall not:

_ activate sea discharges or suctions

_ operate bow or stern-planes or rudder

_ operate vents or torpedo shutters

_ turn propellers


Other Interested Parties and Commands:

_ Harbor Master/Port Services Officer

_ Command Duty Officers

_ Officers in tactical command

_ Cognizant Navy organizations

_ U.S. Coast Guard (if broadcast warning to civilians is required)


Notify facilities having recompression chambers and sources of emergency transportation

that diving operations are underway and their assistance may be needed.

Figure 6-19d. Diving Safety and Planning Checklist (sheet 4 of 4).

Figure 6-19d. Diving Safety and Planning Checklist (sheet 4 of 4).

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