Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations (SOR/95-189)

Regulations are current to 2014-10-15

ADS Supervisor’s Certificate

  •  (1) The Chief Safety Officer may, on application, issue an ADS supervisor’s certificate that is valid for one year to a person who

    • (a) has

      • (i) been, for at least three years, the holder of a pilot’s certificate issued pursuant to section 65 or 71, or a document that is

        • (A) issued on the basis of training and experience that is equivalent to the training and experience required of a person to obtain a certificate pursuant to section 65, and

        • (B) acceptable to the Chief Safety Officer,

      • (ii) made at least 20 ADS dives with a total bottom time of at least 80 hours, and

      • (iii) submitted to the Chief Safety Officer a letter of recommendation that is signed by a diving contractor or operator and by an ADS supervisor and that is acceptable to the Chief Safety Officer;

    • (b) held an ADS supervisor’s certificate that was issued pursuant to this subsection but that is no longer valid because it was not renewed pursuant to subsection (2) and has supervised at least ten ADS dives with a total bottom time of at least 25 hours during the 12 months preceding the application; or

    • (c) until December 31, 1990, has demonstrated to the Board that the person’s training and experience are equivalent to the training and experience required of a person to obtain a certificate pursuant to paragraph (a).

  • (2) The Chief Safety Officer may, on application by the holder of an ADS supervisor’s certificate issued pursuant to subsection (1), renew the certificate for a period of one year where the holder of the certificate has supervised at least six ADS dives with a total bottom time of at least 20 hours during the 12 months preceding the application.

Restrictions Respecting Supervisor’s Certificate and Document

  •  (1) The Chief Safety Officer may insert in a supervisor’s certificate issued pursuant to section 28, 30, 32, 34 or 71, or attach to a document referred to in subparagraph 28(1)(a)(i), 30(1)(a)(i), 32(1)(a)(i) or 34(1)(a)(i), restrictions with respect to the supervision of a diving operation by the holder of the certificate or the document where the Chief Safety Officer considers such restrictions necessary for safety reasons.

  • (2) Where the Chief Safety Officer inserts a restriction in a certificate or attaches a restriction to a document pursuant to subsection (1), the Chief Safety Officer shall give the holder of the certificate or the document an opportunity to show cause why the restriction should not be inserted or attached.

Invalidation of Supervisor’s Certificate

  •  (1) The Chief Safety Officer may invalidate a supervisor’s certificate issued pursuant to section 28, 30, 32, 34 or 71 where, in the opinion of the Chief Safety Officer, the holder of the certificate has become incompetent or incapacitated.

  • (2) Where the Chief Safety Officer proposes to invalidate a supervisor’s certificate pursuant to subsection (1), the Chief Safety Officer shall give the holder of the certificate at least 30 days notice in writing setting out the reasons for the proposed invalidation and shall give the holder an opportunity to show cause why the certificate should not be invalidated.

Duties of Supervisors

  •  (1) No diving supervisor shall, in a diving operation supervised by the diving supervisor, permit a person to make

    • (a) a category I dive in the diving operation unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 53, 55 or 57;

    • (b) a category II dive in the diving operation unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 55 or 57; or

    • (c) a category III dive in the diving operation unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 57.

  • (2) No ADS supervisor shall, in an ADS diving operation supervised by the ADS supervisor, permit a person to make an ADS dive in the diving operation unless the person meets the criteria set out in section 64.

  • (3) No supervisor shall, in a diving operation under his supervision, permit a person to be involved in the diving operation where the supervisor believes on reasonable grounds that the person is unfit to be involved in that diving operation or that the involvement of that person in the diving operation could compromise the safety of other persons involved in the diving operation.

  • (4) A diving supervisor shall plan dives in such a manner that the total bottom time of a diver supervised by the supervisor does not exceed, in any 24 hour period,

    • (a) in the case of a category I dive,

      • (i) five hours at depths of 20 m or less, or

      • (ii) three hours at depths of more than 20 m;

    • (b) in the case of a category II dive, three hours; and

    • (c) in the case of a category III dive, eight hours.

  • (5) A diving supervisor shall plan a diving operation in such a manner that, where practicable, a diving bell is used in the diving operation for any dive to a depth of more than 30 m that requires surface decompression.

  • (6) An ADS supervisor shall ensure that a pilot supervised by the supervisor does not spend more than eight hours underwater in any 24 hour period.

  • (7) A supervisor shall ensure that, following a dive under the supervisor’s supervision, the diver or pilot who made the dive has an adequate rest period.