Scientific Diver ISO Standard kick-off meeting

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A meeting to give direction to the development of a new ISO Standard(s) on requirements for the training of scientific divers.
The aim of this initial workshop is to discuss an official new work item proposal which will lead to the creation of one or more international ISO Standards.  This would give the scientific diving community the option to harmonize and create its own standards, using the ISO platform to effectively “publish” the output.

April 13th 14:00 UTC (16:00 CET) – 18:00 UTC (20:00 CET)
April 14th 14:00 UTC (16:00 CET) – 18:00 UTC (20:00 CET)

The ESDP was officially represented by Alain Norro (Belgium). Martin Sayer (UK ESDP representative) and Diogo Paulo (Portugal ESDP representative) also participated in this meeting.

Rationale (Martin Denison, Convener of the ISO Diving Standards Group, TC 228 tourism and related services / WG1)
A number of bodies have identified the need for an internationally recognised system to classify scientific divers’ competencies. Such a system would enable individual scientific divers to work on international projects and easily have their abilities understood. It would also create an internationally recognised set of minimum standards that appropriate entities could design training courses to align with.

Each standard is to layout the requirements for that level, including defining the following major areas:
– Competencies
– Prerequisites for training
– Introductory information
– Required theoretical knowledge
– Required practical skills
– Practical training parameters
– Evaluation criteria

Final position concerning occupational scientific diving (to be developped):
3 levels of competency
– Scientific Diver (SD)
is capable of diving for scientific purposes under the supervision of an ESD and under the overall oversight of an SPL
Use WSDTC competencies?
– Advanced Scientific Diver (ASD)
An individual with specific technical or academic skills capable of diving for scientific purposes.
Use ESD competencies?
-Scientific Diving Project Leader (SPL)
Is capable of overseeing the conduct of a scientific diving project
Use AESD competencies?