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.

Policy Direction


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:

For the purposes of this DAOD, the following activities are not functions of CF diving:

Policy Statement

The DND and the CF are committed to ensure that CF diving, whether operational or training, shall be performed:

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.

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CF diving authorities shall:


Authority Table

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.

The … has/have the authority to …


  • approve CF diving policy.

Chief of Maritime Staff (CMS)

  • direct common CF diving equipment requirements (office of primary interest (OPI): Director Maritime Requirement Sea (DMRS));
  • approve doctrine and training for naval diving (OPI: Director Maritime Policy Operations and Readiness (DMPOR)); and
  • authorize Director Maritime Health Services (DMH Svcs) to develop CF diving medical policy.

Chief of Land Staff (CLS)

  • approve land force policy, operations and readiness for army diving, including combat diving, (OPI: Director General Engineers (DG Engr) in consultation with Director Land Force Readiness (DLFR));
  • approve doctrine for army diving (OPI: Director General Land Combat Development (DGLCD)/Directorate of Army Doctrine (DAD));
  • approve training standards for army diving (OPI: Land Force Doctrine and Training System (LFDTS)/Directorate of Army Training (DAT), in concert with the Managing Authority, Canadian Forces Support Training Group (CFSTG)); and
  • approve army diving equipment requirements (OPI: Director Land Requirement (DLR)).

Chief of Air Staff (CAS)

  • approve operational directives and training for search and rescue (SAR) diving (OPI: A3 SAR); and
  • approve SAR diving equipment requirements (OPI: Director Air Requirement (DAR)).

Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (Comd CANSOFCOM)

  • approve doctrine and training for CF diving conducted by CANSOFCOM units (OPI: CANSOFCOM HQ/COS OPS);
  • approve CANSOFCOM unit equipment requirements (OPI: CANSOFCOM HQ/COS OPS); and
  • develop, coordinate and administer policy and procedures for diving conducted by CANSOFCOM units.

Director General Health Services (DGHS)

  • approve medical standards for CF divers.

Director General Maritime Equipment Program Manager (DGMEPM)

  • approve maintenance policy for all CF diving equipment as design authority and Life Cycle Materiel Manager (LCMM) (OPI: Director Maritime Ship Support (DMSS)); and
  • approve CF diving equipment procurement (OPI: Director Maritime Management and Support (DMMS)).

D Dive S

  • to develop CF diving policy as chair of the CFDPC; and
  • to develop, promulgate and enforce orders and directives for the implementation of CF diving policy.


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