While CCDRT does not perform commercial dive salvage and recovery operations, we do perform a public safety service.
Occasionally, valuable or dangerous items are lost in boating accidents. In this case, a boater in a local lake capsized and among other items, a firearm was lost. Fortunately, the boater was fine and no injuries were suffered.
On July 31, 2017, Park Rangers notified Clark County Dive Rescue President Phil Graf and Vice President Jeremy Burnett, by e-mail, requesting the help of recovering items that went into the lake from a capsized boat from the day before. Graf replied back on the date and time of when the Dive Team would be at Battleground lake and requested that the owner of the boat be there as well.
On August 12, 2017, at approx. 9:30am, the owner of the boat met up with the Dive Team at the boat launch of Battleground Lake and showed the team of where he capsized his boat at the north end of the lake. A diver then took a buoy out to the approx. area for a starting point to start the search for the items. Two divers then began the search, at which time an item was found and the buoy was moved to mark that spot. The search continued until 1:30pm and three out of the five items were located and given back to the owner. Reference of where the boat capsized and distance from a point on the shore to the buoy was noted, in case future recovery of the other items is conducted.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the drag penalties for a number of simple SCUBA configurations. This is achieved through scale model experiments conducted in a wind tunnel. Some comments on the associated energy requirements are made, and from these, the effect on a diver’s bottom time is briefly addressed. The configurations tested include a study of the effect of the equipment configuration and the effect of small changes to the diver incidence.
River diving can place exceptional physical demands on the diver. Thus, river divers should be in good, if not superb, physical condition. Crawling around a river bottom will require upper body strength. Divers should pace themselves and be cognizant of the stamina of the smallest person of the buddy team. Moving against the current can be fatiguing and can rapidly deplete air supply.
CCDRT member train and equip at personal expense. Generous donations from community supporters make a huge difference in our ability to provide public safety services to the county and surrounding communities.
Please consider donating a training course, or a portion of the cost.
We're happy to have new members prospecting with us at the moment, but we're always looking for more folks to come join us. The process to join is very easy!
Last weekend at our regularly scheduled "Second Saturday" exercise,(at Battleground Lake this time) two current members finished up their Full Face Mask certification, while 3 prospective members (including two certified and actively working commercial divers) observed the exercises.
Divelogs.de has a pretty sweet set-up for logging your dives online, and using mobile devices to access your logs from anywhere. The service requires a (free) account on the website, and the app for iPhone/iPad is available on iTunes for $1.99, and other dive log apps are fully compatible with the service as well.
The overall goal of FEMA's IS-288.A Independent Study course is to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of voluntary agencies in emergency management. Voluntary agencies have helped meet the needs of individuals and communities affected by disasters since the 1800’s. Today, they serve a critical role in the emergency management field from helping communities prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters to providing immediate response and long-term recovery services. Without the support, dedication, and expertise of voluntary agencies, the government would be unable to address all the needs of disaster-affected communities.
This (free) independent study course provides a basic understanding of the history, roles and services of disaster relief voluntary agencies in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management operations.
It takes practice to become proficient in using a lift bag! Is there a right way and a wrong way to go about it? Of course there is! The wrong way is to simply go underwater carrying a bag without any training or thought of how it should be rigged and used. When rigging and lifting an item off the bottom, there are a number of things to keep in mind that will make your recovery safer and more professional
You can assist Clark County Dive Rescue by sponsoring a team member to attend NW SARCon; "The Northwest's Premier Search & Rescue Conference".
Northwest SARCon is a search-and-rescue conference for emergency responders and their supervisors. Attendees include sheriff’s deputies, SAR team members and volunteers, police officers, firefighters and military and medical personnel. Participants receive hands-on training and participate in discussions on topics related to every aspect of search-and-rescue missions.
Click here to watch a video about SARCon on our YouTube channel.
The conference returns Sept. 23-25, 2016 to Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen in Boring, Oregon. Click here to take a video tour of Camp Kuratli.
The 2016 conference will feature:
Click this link to easily & securely donate the cost of attendance!
The Washington SAR CON in Cowlitz County last weekend is not your last chance to join your peers for training and trading experiences.
Northwest SARCON in Clackamas County Oregon is coming up in September.