September 21, 2014

Dive Manual

Marine Biological Laboratory Scientific Diving Manual

This manual contains all policies and standards concerning our research diving program.

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1.00 General Policies

    1.10 The Scientific Diving Standards

1.11 The MBL diving Standards

1.12 Scientific Diving Definition

1.13 Scientific Diving Exemption

1.14 Liability

1.15 Review of Standards

    1.20 Operational Control

1.21 The MBL auspices Defined

1.22 MBL’s Scientific Diving Standards and Safety Manual

1.23 The Diving Safety Officer

1.24 The Diving Control Board

1.25 Instructional Personnel

1.26 Lead Diver

1.27 Reciprocity and Visiting Divers

1.28 Waiver of Requirements

1.29 Consequence of Violoation of Regulations by Divers

    1.30 Consequences of Violation of regulations

    1.40 Record Maintenance

2.00 Diving Regulations for SCUBA (Open Circuit, Compressed Air)

    2.10 Introduction

    2.20 Pre-dive Procedures

2.21 Dive Plans

2.22 Pre-dive Safety Checks

    2.30 Diving Procedures

2.31 Solo Diving Prohibition

2.32 Refusal to Dive

2.33 Termination of the Dive

2.34 Emergencies and Deviations form Regulations

    2.40 Post-dive Procedures

2.41 Post-dive Safety Checks

    2.50 Emergency Procedures

    2.60 Flying after Diving

    2.70 RecordKeeping and Requirements

2.71 Personal Diving Log

2.72 Required Incident Reporting

3.00 Diving Equipment

    3.10 General Policy

    3.20 Equipment

3.21 Regulators

3.22 Breathing Masks and Helmets

3.23 SCUBA Cylinders

3.24 Backpacks and Harnesses

3.25 Gauges

3.26 Flotation Devices

3.27 Timing Devices, Depth and Pressure Gauges

3.28 Determination of Decompression Status: Dive Tables and Computers

    3.30 Auxiliary Equipment

3.31 Hand Held Underwater Power Tools

    3.40 Support Equipment

3.41 First Aid Supplies

3.42 Diver’s Flag

3.43 Campus Controlled Compressor Systems

3.44 Oxygen Systems

    3.50 Equipment Maintenance

3.51 Recordkeeping

3.52 Compressor Operation and Air Test Records

    3.60 Air Quality Standards

4.00 Entry-level Training Requirements

    4.10 Evaluation

4.11 Medical Evaluation

4.12 Swimming Evaluation

    4.20 SCUBA Training

4.21 Practical Training

4.22 Written Examination

4.23 Open Water Evaluation

    4.30 Diver-in-training Permit Level

5.00 Scientific Diver Certification

    5.10 Certification Types

    5.20 General Policy

5.21 Prerequisites

5.22 Eligibility

5.23 Application

5.24 Medical Examination

    5.30 Requirements for Scientific Diver Certification

5.31 Documents

5.32 Training

5.33 Examinations

    5.40 Depth Certifications

5.41 Depth Certification Levels

5.42 Exceeeding Depth Limits and Progression to Next Depth Level

    5.50 Continuation of Certificate

5.51 Minimum Activity to Maintain Certificate

5.52 Requalification fo Depth Certificate

5.53 Medical Examination

    5.60 Revocation of Depth Certificate

    5.70 Recertifcation

6.00 Medical Standards

    6.10 Medical Requirements

6.10 General

6.20 Frequency of Medical Evaluations

6.30 Information Provided Examining Physician

6.40 Content of Medical Evaluations

6.50 Conditions for which Restriction from Diving is Recommended

6.60 Laboratory Requirements for Diving Medical Evaluation

6.70 Physician’s Written Report

7.00 Other Diving Technology

    7.10 Staged Decompression Diving

    7.20 Saturation Diving

    7.30 Hookah

    7.40 Surface Supplied Diving

    7.50 Closed and Semi-closed Ciruit SCUBA (Rebreathers)

    7.60 Mixed Gas Diving

    7.70 Blue Water Diving

    7.80 Ice and Polar Diving

    7.90 Overhead Environments

Appendix 1 – Diving Medical Exam Overview for the Examining Physician

Appendix 2 – Medical Evaluation of Fitness for SCUBA Diving Report

Appendix 3 – Diving Medical History Form

Appendix 4 – Recommended Physicians with Expertise in Diving Medicine

Appendix 6 – Selected References in Diving Medicine

Appendix 7 – Definition of Terms

Appendix 8 – AAUS Request for Diving Reciprocity Form

Appendix 9 – Checkout Dive and Training Evaluation

Appendix 10 – Diving Emergency Management Procedures

Appendix 11 – Guidelines for the use of Dive Computers

Appendix 12 – Safe Ascent Recommendations