Standby Diver Over Garments now available to military dive teams

A male diver sits in fins and is covered from his head to his knees in a black hooded oversized garment.
Leading Seaman Glen Straarup, Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) tries out the Standby Diver Over Garment during a recertification course. Photo: Master Seaman Sara MacAleese

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The standby diver is an essential member of dive teams in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). This individual must be fully dressed and ready to enter the water at immediate notice to assist, rescue or recover a stricken diver.

It’s imperative that the standby diver remain ready, focused and cognisant of the task at hand throughout the dive. Burdened by wearing a diving ensemble that is heavy and awkward when sitting on the surface, this diver waits virtually motionless, often in cold severe weather, sometimes for several hours.

The Standby Diver Over Garment is a significant improvement, providing environmental protection to the standby diver during CAF diving operations, whether they are on shore or afloat, improving their comfort, sustaining their focus and maintaining a critical safety response.

 

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  • A male diver sits in fins and is covered from his head to his knees in a black hooded oversized garment.
  • A male diver sits in fins and is covered from his head to his knees in a black hooded oversized garment.
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