TEKDiveUSA.2014 Attendees To Receive A PADI Rebreather Checklist

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) has today confirmed that TEKDiveUSA.2014 attendees will receive a 'Type T' rebreather checklist in their conference bag.

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PADI 'Type T' Rebreather / CCR Checklist

Two years ago this month PADI, along with the AAUS and DAN, hosted Rebreather Forum 3. This three day safety symposium was convened to address major issues surrounding rebreather technology, and its application in commercial, media, military, scientific, sport and technical diving. Experts, manufactures, instructor trainers, training agencies and divers from all over the world discussed this technology and shared information.

The programme included dedicated sessions covering topics such as medicine and physiology, closed circuit rebreather (CCR) orientation, business and operations, CCR familiarization, training, design and testing, and incident analysis.

Associate Professor Simon J Mitchell chaired the final session at RF3 and, as a result, 16 key consensus statements were agreed and ratified by the global rebreather community. You can hear this presentation by clicking here.

Two of the 16 consensus statements agreed at Rebreather Forum 3 concerned the use of checklists. RF3 acknowledged the overwhelming evidence demonstrating the efficacy of checklists in preventing errors and two recommendations were made. These are listed below.

REBREATHER FORUM 3 CONSENSUS STATEMENTS

CHECKLISTS:

The forum acknowledged the overwhelming evidence demonstrating the efficacy of checklists in preventing errors in parallel fields that share similar technical complexity. Two recommendations regarding checklists were consequently agreed:

1. CHECKLISTS

The forum recommends that rebreather manufacturers produce carefully designed checklists, which may be written and / or electronic, for use in the pre-dive preparation  (unit assembly and immediate pre-dive) and post-dive management of their rebreathers.

– Written checklists should be provided in a weatherproof or waterproof form.

– The current version of these checklists annotated with the most recent revision date should be published on the manufacturer’s website

2. CHECKLISTS

The forum recommends that training agencies and their instructors embrace the crucial leadership role in fostering a safety culture in which the use of checklists by rebreather divers becomes second nature.

 

TRAINING AND OPERATIONS:

1. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS

The forum applauds and endorses the release of pooled data describing numbers of rebreather certifications by training agencies, and encourages other agencies to join ANDI, IANTD, and TDI in this initiative

2. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS

The forum endorses the concept of making minimum rebreather training standards available in the public arena.

3. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS

The forum endorses the concept of a currency requirement for rebreather instructors. We recommend that training agencies give consideration to currency standards in respect of diving activity, class numbers, and unit specificity for their instructors.

4. TRAINING AND OPERATIONS

The forum recognizes and endorses the industry and training agency initiative to characterize “recreational” and “technical” streams of sport rebreather diver training. These groups will have different operational, training and equipment needs.

 

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

1. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

The forum recommends that training agencies provide rebreather divers  with a simple list of instructions that will mitigate common errors in evidence preservation after a serious incident or rebreather fatality.

– These instructions will be developed under the auspices of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Diving Committee in consultation with the relevant RF3 presenters.

2. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

The forum endorses the concept of a widely notified centralized “on-call” consultation service to help investigators in avoiding errors or omissions in the early stages of a rebreather accident investigation, and to facilitate referral to expert investigative services.

3. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

The forum recommends that in investigating a rebreather fatality the principal accident investigator invite the manufacturer of the incident rebreather (or other relevant equipment) to assist with its evaluation (including the crucial task of data download) as early as is practicable.

4. ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION

The forum endorses the DAN worldwide initiative to provide a means of on-line incident reporting with subsequent analysis and publication of incident root causes.

 

DESIGN AND TESTING

1. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum recommends that all rebreathers incorporate data logging systems which record functional parameters relevant to the particular unit and dive data, and which allow download of these data. Diagnostic reconstruction of dives with as many relevant parameters as possible is the goal of this initiative.

– Footnote: An ideal goal would be to incorporate redundancy in data logging systems, and as much as practical, to standardize the data to be collected

2. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum endorses the need for third party pre-market testing to establish that rebreathers are fit for purpose. Results of a uniform suite of practically important unmanned testing parameters such as canister duration, and work of breathing (qualified by clear statements of experimental parameters) should be reported publicly. Ideally, this testing should be to an internationally recognized standard.

3. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum acknowledges recent survey data indicating a poor understanding of rebreather operational limits in relation to depth and carbon dioxide scrubber duration among trained users, and therefore recommends:

1. that training organizations emphasize these parameters in training courses.

2. that manufacturers display these parameters in places of prominence in device documentation and on websites.

4. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum strongly endorses industry initiatives to improve oxygen measurement technologies, and advocates consideration of potentially beneficial emerging strategies such as dynamic validation of cell readings and alternatives to galvanic fuel cells.

4. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum identifies as a research question the issue of whether a mouthpiece retaining strap would provide protection of the airway in an unconscious rebreather diver.

6. DESIGN AND TESTING

The forum identifies as a research question the efficacy of a full face masks for use with sport rebreathers.

 

Scuba Magazine Is Seeking Stories

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SCUBA is the official magazine of Britain's biggest diving club, the British Sub-Aqua Club.

It is published monthly and is circulated to BSAC members. SCUBA features UK and BSAC club diving, snorkelling and important developments in our sport.

One regular column is called 'Greatest Dive'. Have you had a a 'blow your socks off dive' this year? SCUBA Magazine would like to hear from you. Your greatest dive can be either in the UK or overseas. Simply email SCUBA Editor Simon Rogerson with a short synopsis.

This front cover images features 'The Brown Brothers'. Jason, taken by Simon.

Boys & Toys – Casey McKinlay to join Suex Scooters

Casey McKinlay GUE Suex scooters EUROTEK TEKDiveUSA DUI Rosemary E Lunn Roz Lunn The Underwater Marketing Company WKPP Dr Dawn Kernagis Jarrod Jablonski thermal stressThe Submarine Exploration Company - Suex - has announced that Casey McKinlay is to join the Italian scooter manufacturer as Director of Global Business Development.

Alessandro Fenu, Suex's Managing Director stated, "Casey brings more than 20 years of experience to the Suex team as one of the most accomplished technical divers in the world. His hands-on knowledge with diver propulsion vehicles, along with his product development insight, will be critical to improving existing products, and evolving the next generation of reliable, high quality, high performance military and consumer products. In addition to Casey’s experience beneath the surface, his extensive business acumen within and outside the diving industry will enhance Suex's distribution and brand identity around the world. This appointment is significant for Suex and we are excited about working with Casey to take Suex to the next level. I am certain our consumer and military customers will agree with us.”

Rescue of an unconscious diver from depth: the new UHMS guidelines

This is Professor Simon J Mitchell. Simon gave a presentation at EUROTEK.2012 entitled “Rescue of an unconscious diver from depth: the new UHMS guidelines”.

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Dr Simon Mitchell talking to EUROTEK.2012

This was probably one of the most important presentations delivered at EUROTEK.2012 and it was the first time this talk was given to a European audience.

Aspects of the correct course of action on finding an unconscious diver underwater have been debated on various internet forums;

- Should you try to replace the regulator?
- Should you wait until a seizure is finished before ascending?
- What procedures should be in place for a rebreather diver?
- Should you try to complete some decompression on a decompression dive?
- Should you try rescue breaths in water at the surface?

We are delighted that permission has now been granted by the UHMS Journal Editor to allow the recreational and technical diving community to access this valuable resource.

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is an international, non-profit organization serving over 2,400 members from more than 50 countries. The UHMS is a primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide. You can help support them by becoming a member and you also get access to the journals.

Follow this link to The Dive Forum to download the paper. Please do not upload this paper elsewhere because the UHMS are tracking downloads from The Dive Forum.

DAN 2013 Internship Application Deadline closes this Tuesday

This is Jenna Wiley, a Research Associate I at Divers Alert Network. She's pictured here working on DAN's Project Dive Exploration doing field research at Innerspace 2012 (Grand Cayman). Once upon a time she was a DAN Research Intern.

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Strong candidates for this competitive program will have excellent communication and organizational skills, meaningful personal accomplishments, an established commitment to diving and goals that would benefit from participation in the program. Whilst diving is not a required skill for this internship, candidates should be certified scuba divers.

The program runs primarily from late May through August, and interns are recruited largely from undergraduate students at colleges and universities across the United States (post-graduate students, students from other countries and periods other than summer will be considered, if appropriate). Following an initial week of training at DAN headquarters, research interns are placed with host facilities, including DAN, where they will participate in projects matched to their interests and ability. The range may include field, laboratory and/or epidemiological studies. Most research interns work closely with mentor experts to maximize their learning opportunities.

For more information follow this link

Suunto launch World's first watch-sized rebreather compatible dive computer

Suunto, DX, rebreather computer, diving computer, Jill Heinerth, Bruce Wienke, Suunto Diving UK, Ryan Crawford, Matt Sydenham, Craig Lees, nitrox computer, mixed gas computer, Paris Dive Show, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing CompanyThis morning Suunto unveiled their DX at the 15th International Salon de la plongee sous-marine dive show in Paris.

The DX is the very first of its kind to feature CCR compatibility. This is a non-monitoring setpoint dive computer that works as a support computer for the rebreather to 150 metres. It also contains all the advanced dive functions for open-circuit divers such as trimix support including helium and oxygen, with the capability of 8 gas switches.

Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm

The DX benefits from the new, advanced Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm. This algorithm was developed by Suunto in conjunction with Dr. Bruce Wienke. Suunto state that it seamlessly combines the benefits of the Suunto Technical RGBM with the latest full RGBM for deep dives. With no input from the diver, Suunto Fused™ RGBM automatically switches between the two modes to effectively manage the risks of decompression sickness. The new algorithm provides a slow continuous ascent from depth so technical and deep divers have a shorter total decompression time. It is also suitable for recreational divers, helping to maximise bottom time and minimize ascent time, so they can get the most out of their hobby. For more information and Dr. Bruce Wienke’s interviews on the Suunto Fused™ RGBM algorithm, check out www.suunto.com.

The Suunto DX includes the following features:

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  • A setpoint, non-monitoring dive computer with dedicated CCR mode
  • Configure up to 3 different diluents
  • Adjustable high and low setpoints, as well as custom setpoint during dive
  • Automatic setpoints switching at specified depths
  • Possibility to switch to open circuit mode in case of bailout

FOR ALL DIVING:

  • New, advanced Suunto Fused™ RGBM for CCR, technical and recreational diving
  • Trimix support including helium and oxygen
  • Gas switching between up to 8 gases
  • 3D tilt-compensated digital compass
  • Five modes: CCR, air, mixed gas, gauge, and off
  • Optional wireless air integration
  • Built-in dive planner
  • Detailed graphical logs and dive data on your computer using Suunto DM4 software

FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURES:

  • Stunning, compact design
  • Hard-wearing premium materials:
  • Titanium case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass
  • Optional titanium bracelet

Jill Heinerth, We are Water, Into the Planet, Suunto, cave explorer, underwater photographer, diving cinematographer, RF3 Lectures, Rebreather Forum 3,Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, TUMCSuunto Ambassador and leading cave explorer Jill Heinerth helped to develop the Suunto DX. “The Suunto DX is one of my support computers that go with my rebreather. It’s easy to integrate it into a rebreather dive plan, or any dive plan – open or closed circuit. It has one of the most accurate digital compasses, which I use to survey and make maps as well. It can really do anything, and it’s a beautiful, wearable watch. It has everything you need in a very small package, and it handles itself well under any conditions.

DiveLife, Manchester’s premier Scuba Centre has moved and expanded

It’s the sport that so many of you have always wanted to do, but have just never got around to it.  Perhaps you tried it on holiday and loved it, but never thought you could do a course and get qualified. Or you’ve learnt overseas but never considered you could happily do it in theUK.  “It” of course is Scuba Diving.

Interest in scuba diving continues to grow and you can understand why when watching incredible marine life courtesy of the BBC’s Blue Planet.  With the Red Sea Riviera now a leading economical sunshine destination, more and more holiday makers are having their own ‘Blue Planet moment’ snorkelling the beautiful Egyptian waters. A fact that has impacted in a positive way on Whitefield based DiveLife (www.divelife.co.uk).

Less than four years ago DiveLife was a brand new dive centre. Today the shop on Bury New Road has been outgrown, hence the relocation to bigger premises just a 100 yards away around the corner behind the Beehive Pub. 

“At DiveLife we all have a passion for diving, and this is what DiveLife is all about”, explained Owner Brett Thorpe. “I guess this is probably why we’ve grown so quickly. Although we’re a young company, we do have a lot of ‘real diving’ experience. If you take the shop staff for instance, we’ve got 62 years of diving knowledge between the 6 of us, so we really do know about scuba diving and understand it’s such a cool sport.  Learning to dive can really change your life and we’ve had people who’ve tried it on holiday come to us to do to their PADI Open Water Course.  Because they love the sports so much, they’ve now swapped their pin-striped suit for a rubber one and become professional instructors, which means they can teach diving anywhere in the World”.

It’s a less well known fact that you don’t have to travel far to experience good diving. We’re lucky in the UK that our diving can be pretty awesome because of our rich and varied marine life. We’re also a maritime nation which means we’ve got unique opportunities to dive with mischievous seals, majestic basking sharks, and historical wrecks such as the German High Seas Fleet. Overtime these wrecks evolve into artificial reefs and get covered in a myriad of life including all sorts of anemones. The sheer opulence and richness of Jewel Anemones are completely unexpected and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Vibrant oranges, gaudy pinks and brilliant Forget-me-not blues that turn purple when a torch beam hits them, which is why so many British divers think that UK diving is some of the very best in the World.

Learning to dive isn’t difficult, but as with anything worth being serious about, you’ll need to invest some time and effort. Compared with other adventure sports it’s also relatively inexpensive. To take part you don’t need to be able to swim that well, just need to be in good health and be reasonably comfortable in the water. When it comes to courses, in Britain there are half a dozen dive training agencies, and one of the most popular is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and their Open Water Course.  This is an internationally recognised diving qualification so it’s no surprise that many people begin their exciting journey into the Underwater World by visiting their local PADI Dive Centre. 

“We’re a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre”, grinned Brett Thorpe.   “This is awarded to a dive centre that consistently achieves the highest standard of instruction.  Since we opened in Spring 2006, we’ve proudly trained and issued over 1,500 diving qualifications.  So if this is something that you’ve always wanted to do, why not come along and have a go. Twice a week we have a Scuba Experience night, and this is where complete beginners have the opportunity of doing a pool dive with one of our instructors. At £25 we’ve found this to be a very popular present for Christmas, Birthdays, or as a special treat, because it’s exciting, different and a unique experience. It’s really great to see each person surface after their dive with a big grin on their face saying “it’s the best thing I’ve ever done”.

You’ll be in safe hands at DiveLife because we have a strong and diverse professional instructional team with our male and female instructors ranging in age from 20 to 55.  Every one of us believes in developing their own personal diving knowledge since it provides the very best services to our customers. This means that if at any time someone needs some extra tuition for instance, we are able to help and support them.

This ethos is also carried over into our premises, because we know that divers want a fully inventoried shop containing only the very best brands.  It’s one of the reasons we grew out of Bury New Road because we can now stock all kinds and sizes of kit that enables us to give good quality equipment counselling. We’re very near to Junction 17 on the M60, so why not drop by for a cup of tea and see what DiveLife and our new shop is all about. At this time of year we often get requests for help from friends and family of divers popping in to buy them something, so please ask if you want some advice. We’ve got loads of free car parking, which makes looking for your first mask, fins and snorkel easy. And for those divers who have not discovered us yet, it doesn’t matter if you enjoy single cylinder diving, prefer a twinset, dive a Rebreather or just want to know more about snorkelling and diving, we would be delighted to help you get more out of scuba diving. It can be your passport to changing your life”.