CHAPTER 8 Surface-Supplied Air Diving Operations
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Transferring a Diver to the Chamber. When transferring a diver from the water to
the chamber, the tenders are allowed no more than 3
minutes to undress the
diver. A tender or diving medical personnel, as required by the nature of the dive
or the condition of the diver, must be in the chamber with any necessary supplies
prior to arrival of the diver. The time factor is critical and delays cannot be toler-
ated. Undressing a diver for surface decompression should be practiced until a
smooth, coordinated procedure is developed.
Postdive procedures are planned in advance to ensure personnel are carefully
examined for any possible injury or adverse effects and equipment is inspected,
maintained and stowed in good order.
Personnel and Reporting. Immediate postdive activities include any required
medical treatment for the diver and the recording of mandatory reports.
Medical treatment is administered for cuts or abrasions. The general condition
of the diver is monitored until problems are unlikely to develop. The Diving
Supervisor resets the stopwatch after the diver reaches the surface and remains
alert for irregularities in the divers actions or mental state. The diver must
remain within 30 minutes travel time of the diving unit for at least 2 hours
Mandatory records and reports are covered in Chapter 5. Certain information
is logged as soon as the diving operations are completed, while other record
keeping is scheduled when convenient. The Diving Supervisor is responsible
for the diving log, which is kept as a running account of the dive. The diver is
responsible for making appropriate entries in the personal diving record. Other
personnel, as assigned, are responsible for maintaining equipment usage logs.
Equipment. A postdive checklist, tailored to the equipment used, is followed to
ensure equipment receives proper maintenance prior to storage. Postdive mainte-
nance procedures are contained in the equipment operation and maintenance
manual and the planned maintenance system package.