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Canada Oil and Gas Diving Regulations (SOR/88-600)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17

PART VIDivers (continued)

Category II Dives

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person shall make a category II 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

      • (i) a valid category II diving certificate issued pursuant to section 56 or 71,

      • (ii) during the first year in which the person makes a category II dive in a diving operation, a valid document that is

        • (A) issued by a country other than Canada on the basis of training and experience that are equivalent to the training and experience referred to in paragraph 56(1)(a), and

        • (B) acceptable to the Minister, or

      • (iii) a valid category III diving certificate issued pursuant to section 58 or 71 or a valid document referred to in paragraph 57(1)(b).

  • (2) A diver who holds a category I diving certificate may make a category II 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 I 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 II or category III diving certificate.

Category II Diving Certificates

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

    • (a) has

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

        • (A) the use of mixed gas as a breathing mixture,

        • (B) mixed gas 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) the use of communications systems,

        • (F) emergency procedures, including hyperbaric first-aid techniques and the operation of compression chambers, and

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

      • (ii) been employed to make category I dives for at least the 12 months preceding the application and has made at least 60 dives in a diving bell or diving submersible with a bottom time totalling at least 20 hours, including at least 30 lock-out dives of which four were to a depth of more than 50 m, two were to a depth of more than 80 m and one was to a depth of 100 m or more, with a bottom time totalling at least 30 minutes per lock-out dive;

    • (b) held a category II 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 24 hours of which at least 10 dives were category II dives with a bottom time totalling at least 10 hours during the 12 months preceding the application;

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

    • (d) holds a valid document referred to in paragraph 55(1)(b).

  • (2) The Minister may, on application by the holder of a category II diving certificate issued pursuant to subsection (1), renew the certificate for a period of one year where the holder of the certificate has made at least 24 dives with a bottom time totalling at least 20 hours, including at least eight category II dives with a bottom time totalling at least eight hours during the 12 months preceding the application.

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 by a country other than Canada on the basis of training and experience that are equivalent to the training and experience described in paragraph 58(1)(a), and

      • (ii) acceptable to the Minister.

  • (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.

Category III Diving Certificates

  •  (1) The Minister 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 Minister and who

    • (a) has

      • (i) successfully completed, at a school, institution or company acceptable to the Minister, 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 Minister 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 Minister 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.

Restrictions Respecting Diving Certificates and Documents

  •  (1) The Minister may insert in a diving certificate issued pursuant to section 54, 56, 58 or 71, or attach to a document referred to in paragraph 53(d), 55(1)(b) or 57(1)(b), restrictions on diving by the holder of the certificate or document where the Minister considers those restrictions necessary for safety reasons.

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

 
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