NOAA Diving Manual
The NOAA Diving Manual: Diving for Science and Technology is a book originally published by the US Department of Commerce for use as training and operational guidance for National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration divers. Several editions have been published, and several editors and authors have contributed over the years. The book is widely used as a reference work by professional and recreational divers.
Cover of the 5th edition
|Subject||Scientific diving theory and operations|
|Publisher||Best Publishing Company|
The book summarizes the state of the art for scientific diving, and provides detailed but accessible explanations of the physics and physiology of diving, diving equipment, and diving procedures, at a level appropriate for the diving scientist and scientific diving team supervisor.
- The physics of diving – Aspects of physics which affect the underwater diver
- Diving physiology – Influences of the underwater environment on the physiology of air-breathing animals
- Training of divers – Training divers who will be doing scientific work underwater
- Diving equipment – Equipment used to facilitate underwater diving
- Breathing media – Gas used for human respiration
- General diving and emergency procedures – Standardised methods of doing things that are known to work effectively and acceptably safely
- Working diving procedures – Work done underwater during diving operations
- Scientific diving procedures – The use of diving techniques in the pursuit of scientific knowledge
- Regional and special diving
- Air diving and decompression
- Mixed gas and oxygen diving
- Saturation diving – Diving for periods long enough to bring all tissues into equilibrium with the partial pressures of the inert components of the breathing gas
- Surface support platforms
- Manned underwater support platforms – Human habitable underwater enclosure filled with breathable gas
- Aquatic animals hazardous to divers
- Hyperbaric chambers – Hyperbaric pressure vessel for human occupation
- First Aid – Emergency first response medical treatment
- Accident management
- Selected bibliography
- NOAA Diving Regulations
- US Navy Standard Air Decompression Tables
- NOAA Nitrox I Diving and Decompression Tables
- US Navy Recompression Treatment Tables
- Nitrogen-Oxygen Saturation Treatment Table
The fourth edition was published by Best Publishing Company in 2001 in hardcover, softcover and searchable CD-ROM versions The new material in the 4th edition includes the use of "oxygen-enriched air," commonly called Nitrox, which is widely used in both scientific and recreational diving to reduce the risk of decompression sickness.
The fifth edition was published in paperback by Best Publishing Company on June 10, 2013, with 875 pages. ISBN 978-1930536630
The sixth edition was published in paperback and as an e-book by Best Publishing Company on July 31, 2017, with 800 pages, ISBN 978-1930536883. New chapters in the 6th edition are: Advanced Platform Support – diving with ROVs/AUVs, submersibles, and atmospheric diving systems, and Underwater Photography and Videography. Other chapters were significantly revised: Diving Equipment, Procedures for Scientific Dives, Rebreathers, and Polluted-Water Diving. The editor was Greg McFall.
- Briscoe, M.G.; Carmichael, R.B. (2002). "Comments on technology transfer in diving: Based on a review of the NOAA Diving Manual, Fourth Edition". Oceanography. 15 (2): 102–105. doi:10.5670/oceanog.2002.30.
- NOAA Diving Program (U.S.) (December 1979). Miller, James W. (ed.). NOAA Diving Manual, Diving for Science and Technology (2nd ed.). Silver Spring, Maryland: US Department of Commerce: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean Engineering.
- NOAA Diving Program (U.S.) (28 Feb 2001). Joiner, James T. (ed.). NOAA Diving Manual, Diving for Science and Technology (4th ed.). Silver Spring, Maryland: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Undersea Research Program. ISBN 978-0-941332-70-5. CD-ROM prepared and distributed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS)in partnership with NOAA and Best Publishing Company
- "NOAA Diving Manual 5th Edition". amazon.com. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
- "NOAA Diving Manual 6th Edition". bestpub.com. Retrieved 13 May 2018.