Newfoundland Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations (SOR/88-601)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01

Category III Dives

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall make a category III dive in a diving operation unless the person

    • (a) meets the criteria set out in paragraphs 53(a) to (c) and (e); and

    • (b) holds a valid category III diving certificate issued pursuant to section 58 or 71 or, during the first year in which the person makes a category III dive in a diving operation, a valid document that is

      • (i) issued on the basis of training and experience that is equivalent to the training and experience referred to in paragraph 58(1)(a), and

      • (ii) acceptable to the Chief Safety Officer.

  • (2) A diver who holds a category II diving certificate may make a category III dive for training purposes in a diving operation where

    • (a) the diver is employed in a diving program on a full-time basis to make category II dives;

    • (b) the dive is authorized as a training dive by the operator or the operator’s representative responsible for the diving operation and the person in charge of the craft or installation from which the dive will be conducted; and

    • (c) the diver makes the dive under the close supervision of a diver who holds a category III diving certificate.

  • SOR/95-283, ss. 25, 37(E), 38(F).

Category III Diving Certificates

  •  (1) The Chief Safety Officer may, on application, issue a category III diving certificate that is valid for one year to a person who has attained a standard of competence in category III diving that is acceptable to the Chief Safety Officer and who

    • (a) has

      • (i) successfully completed, at a school, institution or company acceptable to the Chief Safety Officer, training in the theoretical and practical aspects of diving appropriate to category III diving, including

        • (A) at least one saturation dive to a depth of not less than 75 m with at least two lock-out dives with a bottom time totalling at least 30 minutes per lock-out dive,

        • (B) saturation diving techniques and operational procedures,

        • (C) the use and operation of any diving plant and equipment,

        • (D) any type of underwater work generally done by a diver,

        • (E) emergency procedures relevant to saturation diving, including hyperbaric first-aid techniques and the operation of compression chambers, and

        • (F) a thorough study of these Regulations, and

      • (ii) been employed to make category II dives for at least the two years preceding the application and has made at least 24 category II dives;

    • (b) held a category III diving certificate that was issued pursuant to this subsection but is no longer valid because it was not renewed pursuant to subsection (2) and who made at least 28 dives with a bottom time totalling at least 32 hours, including at least 10 category II dives with a bottom time totalling at least 10 hours and at least one saturation dive during the 12 months preceding the application;

    • (c) until December 31, 1990, has satisfied the Board that the person’s training and experience are equivalent to the training and experience referred to in paragraph (a); or

    • (d) holds a valid document referred to in paragraph 57(1)(b).

  • (2) The Chief Safety Officer may, on application by the holder of a category III diving certificate issued pursuant to subsection (1), renew the certificate for a period of one year where the holder of that certificate has made at least 24 dives with a bottom time totalling at least 24 hours, including at least eight category II dives from a diving bell or diving submersible with a bottom time totalling at least eight hours and at least one saturation dive during the 12 months preceding the application.

  • SOR/95-283, ss. 26, 37(E), 38(F).