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Diver dies on Nova Scotia Dam

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL – A diver that became trapped underwater at the Nova Scotia Power dam near Annapolis Royal July 15 has died.

The 39-year-old diver, wh2015_SNAP_164o is from Dartmouth, became tangled in his gear while underwater, Annapolis Royal Police Chief Burt McNeil said. Emergency personnel were called after losing contact with the diver.
His remains were recovered mid-afternoon.

McNeil said the man had been working underwater for about an hour and a half when he ran into trouble. He was wearing some high tech equipment at the time, including a video camera that was transmitting to the surface, quickly alerting the surface crew that there was a problem.

An autopsy is planned for July 16.

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What's Hot in Underwater Work at Dams and Hydro Plants

Given the need to keep hydroelectric projects operating as much as possible, the alternative of using a remotely operated vehicle or diver to perform inspections and repairs opens a realm of opportunities and applications.

The use of divers and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) at hydroelectric facilities and dams can provide a cost-effective alternative to dewatering to perform inspection and/or maintenance work, as well as needed repairs. This is a wide-ranging field with many implications for hydro project owners. But what are the newest technologies and some interesting applications of these technologies? To answer these and other questions, we interviewed five companies that do underwater work at hydroelectric facilities.

One of Franklins ships found in Arctic

A remotely operated underwater vehicle searching the Victoria Strait made the discovery on Sunday. It’s one of two ships that belonged to Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition, though researchers aren’t sure yet whether it’s HMS Terror or HMS Erebus.

“I am delighted to announce that this year’s Victoria Strait Expedition has solved one of Canada’s greatest mysteries, with the discovery of one of the two ships belonging to the Franklin Expedition,” Harper said in a statement.

NEW Diving Standards Z275.2 Draft out for public review - Deadline Sept 8 2014

The draft of the proposed changes to the Z275.2 Diving Operations Standard is now out for public review. There has been extensive changes and input into the Deep Diving section as well as other subtle but important changes to other sections. Have you input NOW before it goes into the standard (and eventually into regulations). Deadline for submissions and comment is Sept 8, 2014. You can review and comment on the changes at

CADC upset over new Ontario diving regulations.

CADC upset over new Ontario diving regulations.

Recent changes to the Ontario Diving Regulations have landed the Ministry of Labour (MOL) in somewhat turbulent waters with some members of the province’s professional diving community.

The Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC) has voiced its disappointment with recent regulatory amendments made by the MOL, particularly to exemptions for aquarium divers who would not be required to wear certain equipment or meet the same training requirements as an unrestricted diver.

“The main problem of this whole thing is by defining aquarium diver specifically, it goes outside of recognized diving category designations that are recognized worldwide,” said CADC executive director Doug Elsey, in an interview with the Daily Commercial News.

“All these categories have training and competency stipulations to them, to say you are an aquarium diver means nothing.”

The concern around the aquarium diver category mainly revolves around safety and a lack of accountability in the event that something were to happen to a diver.

“The aquarium diver should be a restricted scuba diver and he’s trained to that,” he added.

“The aquarium diver, as it’s been defined, he doesn’t have to wear a lifeline, he doesn’t have to have communications, he doesn’t even have to have a diving harness.”

Also, an aquarium diver would be considered qualified, under the new regulations, to go underwater in a tank to do maintenance work, also defined as underwater work. Elsey says this type of job should be reserved for a commercial diving company who have the proper training and equipment to complete the task safely.

An aquarium diver must still meet a majority of the competencies of a restricted scuba diver but the training is done in house rather than in open water as well as the maximum depth of the aquarium facility is less demanding.

Elsey was part of a panel discussion at the Canadian Underwater Conference which was held on April 8 in Toronto to address the changes. The panel included MOL representatives.

The MOL says the amendments were made after consulting with technical experts and the changes went through public consultations.

“There’s less risk to aquarium diver…it’s a different environment, different hazards so the exemptions were made,” said MOL provincial specialist Cliff Moore, at the conference.

“Also through the process, we had conform with legislative council…they have the final say before it’s passed.”

Though, comments and recommendations were submitted by the industry to the MOL during the consultation process, very few of those changes made the final amendment document, leaving CADC to think they had no say in the process.

“Except a few clerical changes, nothing was done, it was like they completely ignored it,” said Elsey.


From left, Doug Elsey, executive director of CADC, Dave Gallagher, of the labour/management diving committee at the IHSA, David Geddes, Chairman – CSA 275.4 Diving Competency Standard,  Michael Chapell, provincial coordinator at the Ministry of Labour and Cliff Moore, emergency management specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Labour were panelists recently at the Canadian Underwater Conference discussing new diving contractor regulations.

“What we noticed was that the version of the regulation that we had summed up was not the version that was finally presented under the IHSA letterhead.”

After representing the industry through similar regulation changes for over 30 years, Elsey remembers a time when the MOL hired professional divers as inspectors and provided input to their policies.

“We had four people from the diving industry in the Ministry of Labour and although we had our disagreements at times, we did recognize and respect the fact that the guys had been there done that,” he said.

“We all knew what was going on, we didn’t always agree on everything but we did the best we could to make sure the diver came home at the end of the day.”

Elsey wants the aquarium diver taken out of the regulation or at the very least, require them to be trained as an unrestricted scuba diver by a recognized school.

The changes have put the diving regulations more in line with CSA Standards Z275.2-11 — Occupations safety code for diving operations, which came into law March 1, 2014.

Ontario Commercial Diving Regulations (NEW) now in effect March 1st, 2014

The official CHANGES in the Ontario Diving Regulations have been posted on the MOL website. The new regulations become law on March 1st 2014.

The online link is:

CADC has uploaded a PDF copy of the changes in for offline viewing  HERE.

The executive director of CADC took issue with the procedure by the MOL requesting comments on the proposed changes in that the proposed regulation changes appeared NOT to be posted on their website and were taken down prior to the deadline. Public comment was therefore stymied in that there were no proposed changes available to comment on.

The changes have become law effective March 1st., 2014.

Company Cited in Fatality During Underwater Work

OSHA announced it has cited Lucas Marine Acquisitions Co. for 22 safety violations following an inspection prompted by a worker's death. The employee died at the City of Fort Pierce Marina (located in Stuart, Fla.) while participating in a storm protection project in August 2013. He was doing surface supplied-air diving during underwater construction activities, according to OSHA.

Costa Concordia salvage attempt claims diver's life

A diver died Saturday while working on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia, apparently gashing his leg on an underwater metal sheet while preparing the wreck for removal, officials and news reports said.


The new 2014 Screen Saver Calendar of the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) divers of the NATO's Deep Diving Teams divers plying their trade has been released today - just in time for the New Year. Each image has a 2014 monthly Calendar on it for reference. It is free.

This one is a bit different than the past year - with the photos being heavily processed to give them a different look. Most of the photos have been taken on location of this years Deep Divex - Riva del Garda Italy.

The images are in the WINDOWS screensavers format (containing a current analog clock and the current month calendar. It will handle multiple monitors.) And if you dont find the sceensaver handy, there is a printable PDF calendar containing 12 months of images.

Sponsors of the photo documentation this year were Cobham, Absolute Systems, Cetatek, Diver Magazine, Milexco, Oceaneering International, NORNAVEODCDO, Salco Precision Machining and Sican Norway. The photography was done by Doug Elsey (me!!) with some images from the Italian Navy Deep Diving Units.

For a direct link to the free downloadable images, go to the link for a direct link to the images and calendars.

Swedish Navy choses SHARK MARINE's Navigator system.

PRESS RELEASE Ontario, Canada, July 1, 2013. The Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has selected Shark Marine’s Navigator, diver held sonar and navigation system, as its Diver Documentation and Sensor System (DDSS).

The modularity of the Navigator allows it to be configured to best meet the DDSS requirements of the Swedish Armed Forces, Navy EOD team. The Navigators will be used by the Navy Clearance Divers during search and clearance operations for underwater sea mines, ordnance or other objects, familiar or unfamiliar.

The listed requirements also included the capability of the system to be operated by a single diver underwater, directly from shore, or from various small platforms such as RHIB’s. The use of the Navigators will greatly enhance the divers’ situational awareness, their area coverage rate, and their personal safety by providing them with real time information regarding position, depth and heading, as well as an extended visual range through the use of an imaging sonar. They will be able to traverse pre-programmed routes and way-points on a nautical chart, relying on guidance provided by the Navigators positioning options, while recording sonar imagery along with video and digital photos to be used to verify and identify targets. The FMV’s decision adds Sweden to the growing list of now more than a dozen of the world’s navies using the Shark Marine Navigator system for Mine Counter Measures (MCM), Very Shallow Water (VSW) applications and Search And Recovery operations (SAR).

Shark Marine Technologies Inc. has been creating new and innovative underwater technologies since 1984. These include video systems, remote operated vehicles, tether management devices and sonar survey systems. For complete information visit or call them in Canada at 905-687-6672
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