AIR FORCE - AFI 10-3501
AIR FORCE DIVING PROGRAM
|Publication Date:||9 February 2009|
This Air Force Instruction (AFI) applies to all military-trained divers, active duty AF, AFRC, NGB, and USAF civilian personnel involved in the training, operational or administrative aspects of diving operations. This instruction does not address aircrew personnel who undergo emergency underwater egress training, personnel working in medical hyperbaric treatment facilities, firefighters conducting surface water rescue (not to include dive recovery) at water depths of less than 10 feet or off-duty recreational diving by Air Force military or civilian personnel.
NOTE: The Fire Emergency Services Program provides guidance for water rescue (not to include dive recovery or use of Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) conducted by firefighters at depth of less than 10 feet)
Purpose. Establishes the Director of Operations, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements (AF/A3O), as the Air Force (AF) proponent for AF diving matters and provides broad administrative, management and operational guidance for the AF diving program and subordinate command level diving programs to standardize dive qualification/requal
The Secretary of the Navy, as the Department of Defense (DoD) Executive Manager for Joint Military Diving Technology and Training (MDT&T), has primary responsibility for developing dive procedures and equipment that are of common interest to the DoD. The basic guidance for dive operations is contained in SS521-AG-PRO-010, United States (U.S.) Navy Diving Manual, and Operational Navy Instruction (OPNAVINST) 3150.27B, Navy Diving Program.
AF approved deviations to the U.S. Navy Diving Manual and Navy Diving Program are contained in this instruction. Lead MAJCOM (L-MAJCOM) commanders have authority and responsibility for diving operations under their control to include the development of serviceunique tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment for subsurface diving that are not provided for elsewhere.
NOTE: For the purposes of this publication, the term Lead Major Command (L-MAJCOM) applies to Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Combat Command (ACC), Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), and Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).
All AF diving operations will be conducted in accordance with (IAW) published procedures and utilizing equipment that has been approved IAW this AFI