Dive in: Coast Guard decompression diving

Last week, Coast Guard Dive Locker West completed decompression dive training off Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. While this wasn’t the service’s first ever decompression dive training, it was the first official decompression dive made by members of the Coast Guard’s newest rating.

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On April 1, 2015, the Coast Guard stood up its 22nd rating, officially recognizing diving as a primary career path for Coast Guard men and women. Last week, Coast Guard Dive Locker West completed decompression dive training aboard Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. While this wasn’t the service’s first decompression dive training, it was one of the first decompression dives made by rated Coast Guard divers.

Decompression diving is when divers must stop their ascent to the water’s surface at periodic levels in order to achieve equilibrium. This avoids decompression sickness or other potentially fatal results from longer periods of diving in deep waters.

The decompression training is crucial for developing expertise as a Coast Guard diver, and many of the missions completed by Coast Guard divers in the future will depend on this ability.

Check out photos of the training!

 

Three pairs of dive boots and other dive gear sits ready for use on the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. Members of Coast Guard Dive Locker West conducted training from the Cobb in the waters off San Pedro. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Three pairs of dive boots and other dive gear sits ready for use on the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. Members of Coast Guard Dive Locker West conducted training from the Cobb in the waters off San Pedro. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Manuel Severino, a Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
Petty Officer 1st Class Manuel Severino, a Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
A Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to enter for the water from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
A Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to enter for the water from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Manuel Severino, a Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Manuel Severino, a Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ivyr Lluellen, a Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares and checks diving equipment prior to a dive off the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
Petty Officer 1st Class Ivyr Lluellen, a Coast Guard Diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares and checks diving equipment prior to a dive off the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.
A Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West enters the water for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
A Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West enters the water for a dive from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
Chief Petty Officer Paul Church, a Coast Guard diver (DV), assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, is sworn into his re-enlistment ceremony on the ocean floor during a training operation from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
Chief Petty Officer Paul Church, a Coast Guard diver (DV), assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, is sworn into his re-enlistment ceremony on the ocean floor during a training operation from the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
A Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to exit the water after completing a successful decompression dive off the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.
A Coast Guard diver (DV) assigned to Coast Guard Dive Locker West, prepares to exit the water after completing a successful decompression dive off the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb in the waters off San Pedro, California. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea L. Anderson.

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