CCR Validation Protocol and Associate Training

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CCR Validation Protocol and Associate Training

Show simple item record Stanton, GR en_US Hess, J en_US 2012-11-10T05:30:06Z 2012-11-10T05:30:06Z 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.citation In: Pollock NW, ed. Diving for Science 2011. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 30th Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL: AAUS; 2011. en_US
dc.description American Academy of Underwater Sciences ( en_US
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) en_US
dc.subject scientific diving en_US
dc.subject protocol en_US
dc.subject rebreather en_US
dc.subject equipment en_US
dc.subject safety en_US
dc.subject training en_US
dc.subject validation en_US
dc.subject risk en_US
dc.subject preventative maintenance en_US
dc.subject protocol en_US
dc.subject standards en_US
dc.subject maintenance schedule en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.title CCR Validation Protocol and Associate Training en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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