General Planning Considerations

A successful diving mission is the direct outcome of careful, thorough planning. The nature of each operation determines the scope of the planning effort, but certain general considerations apply to every operation.

Bottom Time. Bottom time is always at a premium. Developing measures to conserve bottom time or increase diver effectiveness is critical for success.

■ Preplanning. An operation that is delayed due to unanticipated problems may fail. Preplanning the use of the time available to accomplish specific objectives is a prerequisite to success.

■ Equipment. Selecting the correct equipment for the job is critical to success.

■ Environmental Conditions. Diving operational planners must plan for safely mitigating extreme environmental conditions. Personnel and support facility safety shall be given the highest priority.

■ Diver Protection. It is critical to protect divers from shipping hazards, temperature extremes, and dangerous pollution during all operations.

■ Emergency Assistance. It is critical to coordinate emergency assistance from outside sources before the operation begins.

■ Weather. Because diving operations are weather dependent, dive planning shall allow for worst-case scenarios.

6-2.1 Identifying Available Resources. The manner in which an operation is planned and conducted will depend upon variables outside the control of the diving team. In some operations, a mission-related time factor takes precedence, while in other operations the availability of equipment or personnel is a controlling factor. For all operations, the planning effort must identify available resources, which include time, personnel, equipment, support or auxiliary equipment and supplies in order to:

■ Ensure the safety of all personnel.

Identify shortages or inadequacies that must be remedied.

Accomplish the operational objectives in a timely and effective manner.

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