CCR Validation Protocol and Associate Training

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Title: CCR Validation Protocol and Associate Training
Author: Stanton, GR; Hess, J
Abstract: Failure to maintain preventative maintenance of life support technology is known to contribute to the risk of diving accidents. AAUS has clear standards and many options to address OC scuba technology. Closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR), while older than open-circuit (OC) scuba, have little similarity with traditional underwater life support technology, and as such, find little formal maintenance standards or training available nationally. Platforms that are purchased either by universities or by individuals working under university auspices are seldom monitored for maintenance schedules or validated for functionality as is the tradition for OC scuba technology. Under AAUS standards, a regulator and cylinder must be serviced at least once a year to a manufacturer's standard and by a qualified service center. More affluent university programs hire a technician, secure training and provide this required monitoring in-house. Most University programs send their participants to a dive shop for the service of their life support technology. There are precious few dive shops that provide any CCR validation service at this time. We propose a validation protocol for CCR platforms that is specific to manufacturer's specifications which, like cylinder inspections, may be applied on a specific schedule as defined by the university's Diving Control Board (DCB). This protocol may be adopted by a qualified dive program technical staff or serve as a standard for third party to whom the university may contract for service. We also propose a training program for University CCR technicians which in concert with this protocol will enable the university administration more options when managing the condition of their supervised CCR technology.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10109
Date: 2011

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