Select And Assemble The Diving Team

When planning diving assignments and matching the qualifications and experience of diving personnel to specific requirements of the operation, a thorough knowledge of the duties, responsibilities and relationships of the various members of the diving team is essential. The diving team may include the Diving Officer, Master Diver, Diving Supervisor, Diving Medical Officer, divers qualified in various techniques and equipment, support personnel (tenders—qualified divers if possible), recorder, and medical personnel, as indicated by the type of operation (Figure 6-15). Other members of the ship's company, when properly instructed, provide support in varying degrees in such roles as boat crew, winch operators, and line handlers.

Figure 6-15. MK 21 Dive Requiring Two Divers. The team consists of on Supervisor, two divers, a standby diver, one tender per diver, comms and logs operator, and extra personnel (as required).

6-9.1 Manning Levels. The size of the diving team may vary with the operation, depending upon the type of equipment being used, the number of divers needed to complete the mission, and the depth. Other factors, such as weather, planned length of the mission, the nature of the objective, and the availability of various resources will also influence the size of the team. The minimum number of personnel required on station for each particular type of diving equipment is provided in Figure 6-16. The minimum levels shall be maintained; levels should be increased as necessary to meet anticipated operational conditions and situations.

MINIMUM MANNING LEVELS FOR AIR DIVING

EOD Scuba

Scuba Operations

Surface-Supplied Operations

Single Diver

Buddy Pair

Single Diver

Buddy Pair

Diver's Helmet MK 21 MOD 1

MK 20 MOD 0

Diving Supervisor

1

1

1

1

1

1

Comms and Logs

(a)

(a)

(a)

(a)

1

1

Console Operator

(j)

(j)

Diver

1 (c)

2 (c)

1 (b) (c)

2 (b) (c)

1 (b)

1 (b)

Standby Diver

1 (c)

1 (c)

1 (c)

1 (c)

1 (k)

1 (k)

Diver Tender (b, c)

1 (d)

1

1

1

Standby Diver Tender

(i)

(i)

(i)

(i)

1

1

Total

(f) (h)

4 (f,h)

(e,g,h,i)

(h)

6

These are the minimum personnel levels required, below which diving operations are not permitted. Circumstances may require that these minimum personnel levels be increased so the diving operations can be conducted safely.

NOTES:

(a) Diving Supervisor may fill requirement for Comms and Logs for scuba operations.

(b) Each additional surface-supplied diver or tended scuba diver will require an additional tender. The number of surface-supplied divers may be increased as necessary to the extent that the air system can support them.

(c) Scuba divers, except SPECWAR divers and divers involved in Limpet operations (see paragraph 6-4.5 and paragraph 7-8.2 for more information), must be surface tended if direct ascent to surface is not available, such as when diving under the bilge keel. Situations may require that a diver be tended by a second diver situated at the bilge keel .

(d) The EOD Diving Officer may authorize a single untethered EOD diver when disarming live ordnance in an operational (non-training) situation.

(e) Submarines that have only three qualified scuba divers assigned are authorized to conduct dives with a non-diver Commissioned Officer acting as the Diving Supervisor. In all cases, submarines will endeavor to obtain the prerequisite number of qualified divers to support their mission. All other commands are to conduct all scuba diving operations with a minimum of four divers.

(f) EOD Diving Officers are required for all EOD operations involving Render Safe Procedures (RSP).

(g) Manning levels for Dilbert Dunkers and Device 9D5 pool pilot training that require safety scuba divers are covered by directives promulgated by NAWSTP Safety Diver Operations.

(h) Chase boat is required for scuba diving operations when conditions exist where the diver could be displaced from the dive site (i.e. bottom search in a strong current or a long-duration swim).

(i) If the standby diver is deployed, the Diving Supervisor shall tend the standby diver.

(j) Comms and Logs may serve as Console Operator.

(k) Standby diver can be deployed as a working diver in accordance with paragraph 6-9.8.2. Figure 6-16. Minimum Personnel Levels for Air Diving Stations.

6-9.2 Commanding Officer. The ultimate responsibility for the safe and successful conduct of all diving operations rests with the Commanding Officer. The Commanding Officer's responsibilities for diving operations are defined and specific authority is confirmed by the provisions of U.S. Navy Regulations and other fleet, force, or command regulations. To ensure diving operations are efficiently conducted, the Commanding Officer delegates appropriate authority to selected members of the command who, with subordinate personnel, make up the diving team.

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