In December 2015, Valard Dive Services took the team to a frozen lake in order to fine tune their operating procedures and conduct emergency drills. This was a good setting as it offered variables, such as low temperature and enclosed spaces, common in the industry.
As all participating divers have had decades of commercial experience, it is still important that all procedures be reviewed and practiced. Valard Dive Services has an extensive and thorough set of Standard Operating Procedures which require practice. This involves running through step by step procedures, while analyzing various avenues to make the system as efficient and safe as possible.
With over twenty five years in the industry, Paul Teggarty acting as the Health and Safety Lead, as well as, the Dive Supervisor, stated: “No matter how long a diver has been in the industry, review and practice is essential”.
Emergency drills consisted of diver rescue in a variety of situations, including within confined
space and no visibility. Numerous factors were considered, such as evacuation, decompression sickness, trauma and hypothermia. In addition, numerous backup systems were engaged, practiced and reviewed. Paul Teggarty explained: “Our equipment is arguably the best available, and it is taken care of with a rigorous maintenance schedule, however it is still essential to have a backup in place. Our policy is to keep the system running in the event of any situation.”
These types of system reviews and drills are a common occurrence with Valard Dive Services. Not only do these drills ensure safety and streamline our procedures, they in turn provide a better product to the client and makes things more cost effective due to our efficient use of time.