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Shallow Water Diving Packages - Monday, April 18, 2016

Aqua-Air Industries offers shallow water diving packages that are tailored to your commercial diving company's unique needs. Packages also take into account your location, as different climates demand very different materials.

Diving packages, or diving support vessels, became popular during the 1960s and 1970s in order to assist the oil and gas industry with operations at sea. The packages are placed on ships and contain all of the equipment necessary to handle a dive from the surface and below the water. 

The most important part of a shallow water diving package is the Dynamic Positioning, which uses thrusters and sensors that take into account swell, tide, and wind to ensure that the ship remains over the dive site.

Shallow water diving encompasses all dives that take place at the surface to a depth of approximately fifty feet. Projects include working for the oil and gas industry, building underwater structures and tending to oil platforms. 

However, sometimes these dives can reach depths of over 50 feet, which takes them out of the shallow water diving category. Many shallow water divers are working on projects such as boat hull cleaning or searching for golf balls.

Equipment typically included in a shallow water diving package includes masks, fins, and snorkels, exposure protection, a buoyancy compensator device (BCD), a regulator, cylinders, weight systems, underwater instruments, and accessories. Exposure protection equipment includes diving suits, which can be one-piece or two-piece based on the preference of the diver. The one-piece suit offers an advantage, as it can be worn by itself or paid with a vest, depending on the diving environment. 

Diving suits themselves are also carefully tailored to the environment at hand. Divers working in hot waters, for example, may need drysuits or hot water suits. In addition, specific suits for contaminated water environments, such as when performing HAZMAT diving or nuclear diving tasks.

A buoyancy compensator device releases gas from a bladder, allowing the diver to achieve neutral buoyancy when underwater. Divers can control the buoyancy compensator themselves. Typically, a direct feed transports gas from the diver's mask or air tank into the bladder. The cylinder contains the high pressure breathing gas that the diver keeps with him when underwater. Weight systems allow the diver to reach the intended depth without floating. They can include weight belts or trim weights, or can be integrated into your Buoyancy Compensator Device. 

The type of weight system needed is dependent on the type of diving suit worn, so it also differs with the environment that the diver is working in. The underwater instruments needed also vary based on the environment and the task at hand, but some common devices include dive watches to keep track of time, depth gauges to record depth, underwater compasses to navigate, and dive computers for advanced planning.

Aqua-Air industries will put together a shallow diving package that contains all of these items. We will thoroughly evaluate your specific needs, and tailor the package to contain exactly what you will require. Contact us today for more information.


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