Before embarking on any commercial dive, an appropriate team must be built to ensure the operation is completed without negative incident. Most commercial dive teams should include individuals playing the following roles:
The diving supervisor is in charge of planning and executing a diving operation, and is responsible for the safety and health of the dive team. While on duty, the supervisor must be immediately available to implement emergency procedures and remain ready to respond to emergency conditions. The dive supervisor is also responsible for creating and implementing the dive plan, assigning duties, and verifying the qualifications of each team member.
The ROV supervisor has to plan and execute the ROV operation and is responsible for the safety and health of the ROV team. The ROV supervisor bears the same responsibilities as the dive operator, except in relation to the ROV.
The diver is assigned specific tasks to be done both at the surface and underwater. The diver must be at least 18 years old and must have completed a formal commercial diving course of instruction. They must complete all assigned tasks.
ROV Pilot / Technician
A person who has begun the training process to become an ROV supervisor. The pilot/technician should be prepared to take on the duties of the ROV supervisor in the event of an emergency.
A designated individual at the diving station who is ready to enter the water and assist a stricken diver.
The tender assists the diver in dressing and undressing, confirms that the diver's equipment is functioning properly, tends the diver's umbilical cable (the cable which supplies him or her with breathing gas from a surface supply), performs routine equipment maintenance, and stays on alert to immediately report potentially hazardous conditions.
Life Support Technician
The life support technician is in charge of analyzing gasses to be used in the dive prior to embarkation. He or she must maintain an adequate supply of the correct breathing mixture to the diver throughout the operation. He or she must also record gas consumption data, assist in the maintenance of all dive equipment, and report any unsafe conditions to the diving supervisor. The life support technician must be certified in first aid and CPR and must also know how to diagnose and provide emergency care for decompression sickness (a condition that arises from dissolved gasses creating internal air bubbles as a diver decompresses or rises to the surface).
Altogether, these crew members help ensure the safe completion of commercial dive operations. If, however, any of these individuals fails to fulfill their duties or is under-qualified for the tasks they are required to perform, the results can be disastrous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial diving accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an offshore injury attorney today for a free consultation regarding your case.
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