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General Course Information for PMTX 1028X: Basic Surface Supply Diving

Course: PMTX 1028X - Basic Surface Supply Diving
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Instruction on basic skills of surface supply lightweight diving, fundamental concepts, terminology, and practical skills of seamanship, line handling, rigging, and underwater work procedures and the fundamentals of line (rope) and wire rope classification, composition, and use. Proper tying and use of knots and their practical application by divers, working load limit (WLL) for rope, wire, and rigging hardware, as well as to calculation of the ratio and mechanical advantage of block and tackle are covered.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the following line types: manila, nylon, polypropylene, describe the physical characteristics: stretch, durability, advantages, disadvantages, and UV resistance.
  • Explain the use of the following rigging and seamanship concepts for using slings, block and tackles, and lifts; and how to determine the safe working load limits of rigging equipment.
  • Explain the use of the common knots and demonstrate the ability to tie each.
  • Describe the proper inspection procedure when given a length of wire rope, and be able to discuss critical elements and discontinuities associated with wire rope.
  • Calculate the work load limit for stainless steel, galvanized, plow steel wire rope, and line.
  • List and identify the components of a vessel.
  • Identify and draw a schematic of the components of an air system: air compressors, volume tanks, valves, piping, hoses, and associated components.
  • Demonstrate the ability to set up a dive station, start a compressor and diesel engine, fill a bailout cylinder, dress a diver, and tend a diver using a checklist operating procedure.
  • Explain the minimum requirements of diving equipment (personal and system) required for a surface supply diver and safety regulations for surface supply diving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform all diving station positions: communications, rack operator, diver, standby diver, and diving supervisor.
  • Properly document dives in a personal dive log and keep diving log records on the dive station.
  • Demonstrate the use of surface supplied dive equipment.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures