The diver is assigned by the supervisor to perform specific tasks in the water and topside.
A diver must be medically certified as fit to dive, have completed a formal commercial diving course of instruction, have detailed knowledge of diving theory and practice, and have a full understanding of the diving equipment in use and of the tasks assigned. All divers shall be in possession of an up-to-date diver’s log book, which can be used to establish levels of experience.
Each diver, while carrying out his or her duties and responsibilities, shall:
• Accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor. In the event the diver is assigned a task for which he or she does not feel competent either by training and/or experience, the diver shall immediately inform the diving supervisor.
• Have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and ancillary equipment designated to the diving operations.
• Read, understand and comply with all employer’s policies and applicable governmental regulations, as they relate to their qualifications or performance while engaging in diving operations.
• Have reviewed and be familiar with the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA).
• Maintain a high level of physical fitness.
• Comply with all commands or instructions from the diving supervisor or designated diving person in charge (DPIC) during the conduct of diving operations.
• Ensure that the deepest depth attained during his or her dive has been established before ascent.
• Safely transition from the water to the decompression chamber without avoidable delay.
• Act as a standby diver when directed to do so. Be capable and qualified to carry out all of the duties and responsibilities of the diver as set forth above. (The standby diver is the individual possessing the required training and experience to enter the water at the diving station in order to render assistance to a stricken diver). While acting as a standby diver, the diver shall:
a) Have attached his or her diving helmet or mask to the standby diver’s umbilical in a wrench-tight status and then check for proper flow of breathing medium and for adequate communications. The diving helmet or mask shall be ready to be donned by the standby diver when directed by the diving supervisor. The standby diver shall remain in the immediate vicinity of the diver water entry location and be ready to enter the water when directed by the diving supervisor.
b) Remain at the station throughout the entire dive, to include all in-water decompression.
c) Constantly remain abreast of events of the dive.
d) Not be assigned any tasks that might interfere with duties as a standby diver while there is a diver in the water.
• Act as a chamber operator as required by the diving supervisor.
• Comply with regulations or instructions concerning the use, maintenance, repair and testing of all diving equipment provided for the operation.
• Report to the diving supervisor any recent medical treatment or illness so that a proper determination can be made concerning fitness and/or ability to dive.
• Immediately report all symptoms or suspected symptoms of DCS to the diving supervisor as early and accurately as possible.
• Report to the diving supervisor any defect or malfunction of the diving equipment provided for the diving operation.
• Follow safe diving practices at all times during the diving operation whether on deck or in the water. Bring to the attention of the diving supervisor any questionable items. Be alert for the safety of others as well as himself/herself.
• Assist in the training of new personnel or tender/divers.
• Remain awake and in the vicinity of the decompression chamber for at least one hour following treatment or a hyperbaric exposure outside the no-decompression limits.
• Know and observe the rules for flying after diving or traveling to altitudes higher than the dive site.
• Ensure that diving equipment has been correctly maintained, prepared and tested before each dive. This requirement should never be delegated to others.
• Ensure that medical certificates are up-to-date and recorded in the diver’s log book.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATION
• PTRD diver certification card for the level of proficiency.
• Before being exposed to hyperbaric conditions, the diver must be medically certified as “fit to dive.”
• Valid CPR and first aid certification.