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PURPOSE:

TO TRAIN SELECTED SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES PERSONNEL AS COMBAT DIVING SUPERVISORS

SCOPE:

DIVE PLANNING/PREPARATION/SUPERVISION

EQUIPMENT INSPECTION/MAINTENANCE

HYPERBARIC OPERATIONS

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT


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Qualified combat diving supervisors trained in the areas of dive planning, preparation, and inspection; postdiving checks; open- and closed-circuit apparatus operations; emergency medical treatment; field repair of equipment; handling of high-pressure air/oxygen systems; tide and currents; and submarine and chamber operations.

Reporting Instructions:

 1.  Students will report to building KW 100, United States Naval Air Station, Trumbo Point Annex, Key West, Florida, during duty hours and to the charge of quarters (CQ) after duty hours.  Students will report no earlier than two days prior to the reporting date (the dining facility will be closed prior to this time) and no later than 2400 on the reporting date.  Inprocessing will begin at 0800 on the following day in building KW 100.

 2.  Students must be assigned to or on orders for assignment to duty requiring supervision of waterborne/underwater operations.

 3.  It is imperative that all administrative actions or problems (to include finance) be settled with the studentís parent unit prior to the studentís departure from his home station.  The training site at Key West has no administrative assets to handle such actions.

 4.  Travel to Key West will be by commercial air or privately owned vehicle.

 5.  Students will be billeted in the Company C billets.  Mess facilities will be provided at no cost to the students.

 6.  Students should bring enough money for personal needs for two weeks (access to government check cashing facilities is limited).  Meal cards will be issued at Key West.  Statements of nonavailability will not be issued.

Prerequisites:

Must be a male commissioned officer, warrant officer, or noncommissioned officer (SSG or above) of the active Army or Reserve components or selected DOD personnel with a minimum of one year on dive status (waiverable for an SFOD-A team SGT, team XO, and team leader) assigned to or on orders to a special operations forces (SOF) unit.  Must have been awarded an SI 4W or 4Y or an ASI W7 or W9.  Must have passed a Scuba physical examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 5, paragraph 5-9, within two years of class date throughout course completion date.  Must report with medical records on day of inprocessing.  Must meet the height and weight standards as outlined in AR 600-9.  Must be combat diver qualified by graduation from the USAJFKSWCS Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, Key West, Florida, or the NSWS Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal Course, Coronado, California.

If a waiver is required, the original Standard Form 88, Standard Form 93, and allied documents will be forwarded directly to the USASOC Surgeon IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 8, paragraph 8-26C.  Training will be conducted at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Trumbo Point Annex, Key West, Florida.  Air Force personnel must meet all prerequisites for entrance into the course except the grade requirement.  The Air Force will decide the grade requirement based on duty assignment.  All personnel who attend the course must have served in a dive position for at least one year.  Students will be given a diagnostic test on subjects taught in the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course.  Students are expected to be proficient in dive physics, dive physiology, and dive tables.

Packing List:

As a minimum, each student will bring the following items of uniform and equipment:

 1.  Brown/olive drab (OD) T-shirts, six each.

 2.  Underwater demolition team (UDT) Army swim trunks (with standard OD name tape sewn on the right front leg, centered 1 inch above the bottom), two pairs each.

 3.  Battle dress uniform (BDU)/patrol cap without any markings, reflective tape, or patches, one each.  Berets will not be worn at Key West.

 4.  Utility uniforms (BDU, camouflage), two each.

 5.  White socks (no stripes or logos, no knee socks), six pairs each.

 6.  Athletic shoes, lace type, one pair each.

 7.  Booties

 8.  Military duffel/aviatorís bag, one each.

 9.  Calculator, hand-held, one each.

 10.  Loose-leaf binder/notebook, one each.

 11.  Watch, waterproof, one each.

Note:  Students may wear personal wet suit booties, coral booties, or a similar type footgear for the swims.  However, Company C will not issue these items to the students.