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Tethering Policy?

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by espantoon, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. espantoon

    espantoon Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Stewartstown, PA
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    Yup, working until 0300. Lucky me!
     
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  2. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    723
    307
    63
    Our team has not yet dove without a tethering system. Our comm lines to the AGA is our primary source of tether and in rare cases the surface supplied air. I do not always agree with the tether when we are working in the river with current and when we are "sledding", but the dive chief is very safety cautious about operations.
     
  3. Yotsie

    Yotsie Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Modesto, CA
    260
    4
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    Like Jared's team, we dive tethered most of the time. When we dive AGAs, we use the Mk7 comm gear with a comm rope attached via snap shackle. When we dive surface supplied with hats, we're tethered via umbilical, again with a snap shackle. We rarely dive untethered anymore, but we have the option available if the circumstances call for us to go untethered.
     
  4. salth2owannabe

    salth2owannabe Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Idaho
    364
    119
    43
    I think that's the key. Diving Tethered with a quick release is great, and often appropriate. The problem, in my opinion, arises when policy says "Thou Shalt". It should be the call of the diver and dive commander on scene as situations dictate. You need to convince the policy writer to include verbiage like "usually", "upon evaluation" "As circumstances dictate". Etc
     
  5. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
    3,151
    672
    113
    We do not dive untethered.
     
  6. jencks23

    jencks23 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Connecticut
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    Our team here in Connecticut, we ice dive tethered ALL the time. Open water (good weather) depends on the call but 99.9% of the time its hard tethered
     
  7. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Detroit, Michigan
    723
    307
    63
    We just went over laws and regulations yesterday at practice. OSHA REQUIRES that a diver be on a tether and under no listed circumstance can a PSD dive without one.
     
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  8. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
    3,151
    672
    113
    And the worm can has been opened...
     
  9. nimoh

    nimoh Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Rochester, MN
    3,455
    1,688
    113
    I believe the OSHA standard is that a tether is required for a diver on SCUBA if the current exceeds 1 knot or the diver is unable to make a free ascent to the surface (overhead).
     
  10. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
    3,151
    672
    113
    OSHA standards do not apply to (at least non-volunteer) Public Safety Divers. it has been argued exhaustively in the PSDiver forum by the industry leaders.
     

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