DAOD 8009-0, Canadian Forces Diving
Date of Issue: 2006-09-22
Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence ("DND employees") and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces ("CF members").
Supersession: CFAO 43-2, Diving - Organization, Responsibilities and Administrative Instructions
Approval Authority: This DAOD is issued under the authority of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS).
Enquiries: Director Diving Safety (D Dive S)
- CF Diver (plongeur militaire)
- CF diver means a diver qualified in any sub-category of CF diving, whether a member of a CF diving team or a CF member who is maintaining currency and qualification through casual diving with a CF diving team.
- CF Diving (plongée militaire)
- CF diving means diving using underwater breathing apparatus, as well as the use by CF divers of hyperbaric chambers and other forms of underwater intervention, including remotely underwater operated vehicles, submersibles and related special sensors.
- CF Diving Team (équipe de plongeurs militaires)
- CF diving team means an organizational sub-unit identified in command orders that is authorized to conduct CF diving, meets the standards set out in the Canadian Forces Diving Manual, and is recognized by D Dive S.
This DAOD provides policy applicable to all units, formations and headquarters having responsibilities pertaining to CF diving (i.e. CF diving authorities), all CF members engaged in CF diving, as well as all DND employees and CF members carrying out duties relating to any aspect of CF diving.
CF diving is performed by units of the maritime, land and air environmental commands (ECs), the Experimental Diving and Undersea Group (EDU Grp) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) to meet a wide variety of operational commitments. While the separate roles of the ECs, the EDU Grp and the Dwyer Hill Training Center (DHTC) determine the differing tasks of each CF diving team, many aspects of CF diving are standardized:
- application of CF diving orders and instructions;
- conduct of CF diving operations;
- standards and conduct of CF diving training;
- standards for periodic inspections;
- conduct of operational evaluations;
- statements of requirements;
- CF diving equipment maintenance;
- CF diving equipment procurement;
- application of medical standards; and
- action upon occurrence of CF diving accidents.
For the purposes of this DAOD, the following activities are not functions of CF diving:
- CF recreational SCUBA Club diving;
- CF swimming;
- water sports; and
- military rescue swimming, such as from Her Majesty's Canadian Ships.
The DND and the CF are committed to ensure that CF diving, whether operational or training, shall be performed:
- only by qualified CF divers or, in the case of training, eligible CF diver candidates;
- using diving equipment approved by the CF;
- in accordance with CF diving safety and medical standards; and
- in accordance with CF orders and instructions governing the conduct of CF diving.
The CF Diving Policy Committee (CFDPC) is the primary organization for the development of CF diving policy. The CFDPC is chaired by D Dive S with representatives from all ECs. The CFDPC normally meets annually.
All diving at the EDU Grp shall be conducted in accordance with this policy, except as authorized in DAOD 8009-1, Canadian Forces Diving - Organization and Operating Principles and DAOD 5061-0, Research Involving Human Subjects and DAOD 5061-1, Research Involving Human Subject - Approval Procedures.
CF diving authorities shall:
- maintain a standard of CF diving qualifications, based on EC requirements;
- ensure all CF divers, as well as all DND employees and CF members carrying out duties relating to any aspect of CF diving, comply with orders promulgated in the Canadian Forces Diving Manual governing the conduct of CF diving operations and training;
- ensure that CF diving equipment is tested, repaired and maintained in accordance with established standards and applicable Canadian Forces Technical Orders (CFTOs);
- ensure compliance with CF Diving General Memoranda (DGM) containing safety information to all CF diving authorities and CF diving teams; and
- ensure up to date records of all CF diving activities are maintained in accordance with applicable orders and instructions.
The following table details how authority for CF diving policy is exercised and those areas in which the ECs direct their own policy, in consultation with D Dive S. It also identifies the authorities responsible for implementing CF diving policy.
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Chief of Maritime Staff (CMS)
Chief of Land Staff (CLS)
Chief of Air Staff (CAS)
Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (Comd CANSOFCOM)
Director General Health Services (DGHS)
Director General Maritime Equipment Program Manager (DGMEPM)
D Dive S
- QR&O 4.20, General Responsibilities of a Commanding Officer
- DAOD 2007-0, Safety
- DAOD 5061-0, Research Involving Human Subjects
- DAOD 5061-1, Research Involving Human Subjects - Approval Procedures
- DAOD 8009-1, Canadian Forces Diving - Organization and Operating Principles
- A-LM-181-001/JS-001, Standard Supply Instructions
- A-MD-154-000/FP-000, Medical Standards for the Canadian Forces
- A-MD-175-002/AG-001, CF Medical Orders, Section 27-07 and 27-08
- A-PD-055-002/PP-002, CF Manual of Non-Commissioned Member's Occupational Specifications for Clearance Diver (CL Diver), Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR) and Port Inspection Divers (PID)
- A-PD-055-003/PQ-001, CF Manual of Occupational Specialty Specifications for Ship's Divers and Combat Divers
- B-GG-380-000/FP-001, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 1, History, Physics and Physiology
- B-GG-380-000/FP-002, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 2, Organization, Regulations, Rules and Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus Diving (CABA)
- B-GG-380-000/FP-003, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 3, Surface Supplied Breathing Apparatus (SSBA)
- B-GG-380-000/FP-004, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 4, Self Contained Mixed Gas Diving
- B-GG-380-000/FP-005, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 5, Hyperbaric Chamber - Operation and Treatment Procedures
- B-GG-380-000/FP-006, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 6, Diving Supervisor's Handbook
- B-GG-380-000/FP-007, Canadian Forces Diving Manual, Volume 7, Aide-mémoire du Superviseur de Plongée
- B-GL-361-007/FP-001, Combat Diving
- C-02-040-009/AG-001, General Safety Program, General Safety Standards
- MARCORD 9-12, Diving Training & Administration, Naval Reserves
- MARCORD 46-500, Diving - Operational
- MARCORD 46-501, OSQ Fleet Diving Courses
- Naval Diving Operational Concept of Employment 2004
- One Canadian Air Division (1 Cdn Air Div) Orders, Volume 5