ULC Purple Book Course Description

Working Diver
Control Number: 35
Course Number: 58DVS01A
CEUs: 0.0     PDHs: 0.0     LUs: 0.0     PDUs: 0.0     CMs: 0.0     ACE: 0.0     CEHs: 0.0
This course provides Corps of Engineers employees who are assigned as divers, diver supervisors, and/or agency diving coordinators with the necessary skills, knowledges, and abilities to safely perform their assigned underwater tasks. This training will provide students with state-of-art technology and methodology to safely perform underwater diving operations and effectively manage diving contingencies.

Students will become familiar with and perform underwater exercises with state-of-art diving systems including self contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) and Surface Supplied Air equipment. This course consists of classroom presentations, training pool exercises, open water activities, and practical operations. Sessions pertinent to underwater diving operations will include, but are not limited to, the following topics and activities: (a) diving physics; (b) diving physiology; (c) diving medicine; (d) modern diving systems and support equipment; (e) SCUBA equipment and operations; (f) surface supplied air equipment and operations; (g) decompression principles & associated tables; (h) modern diving accident management techniques; (i) working dive planning; (j) diver supervision principles and practices (k) preparation and use of Activity Hazard Analyses; (l) USACE, OSHA, and US Navy diving regulations (ER 385-1-86, EM 385-1-1, 29 CFR 1910, and US Navy Diving Manual); and (m) management of the diving function.

(a) Students for this course must have a current or projected assignment to a position requiring underwater diving skills and prior to attending this training must hold a SCUBA training certificate or equivalent from a nationally recognized diver training organization, e.g., PADI, NAUI, etc. Failure to provide evidence of diver certification will be cause for rejection; (b) Nominees must successfully complete a diving medical examination as detailed in ER 385-1-86 within the past 11 months and provide a copy of the completed medical form to the training agent on the first day of class; (c) proof of the last four government dives within the last 11 months; and (d) students must participate in all lectures, written and practical exercises, and score at least 70 percent on the comprehensive post-course examination to receive diver certification. Exceptions or deviations to any of these prerequisites shall be approved by the HQUSACE Safety and Occupational Health Office.


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