DAOD 8009-0, Canadian Forces Diving

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Policy Diretion
  4. Authorities
  5. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 2006-09-22

Application: This DAOD is a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND employees) and an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).

Supersession: CFAO 43-2, Diving - Organization, Responsibilities and Administrative Instructions

Approval Authority: This DAOD is issued under the authority of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS).

Enquiries: Director Diving Safety (D Dive S)

2. Definitions

CF diver (plongeur militaire)

CF diver means a diver qualified in any sub-category of CF diving, whether a member of a CF diving team or a CAF member who is maintaining currency and qualification through casual diving with a CF diving team.

CF diving (plongée militaire)

CF diving means diving using underwater breathing apparatus, as well as the use by CF divers of hyperbaric chambers and other forms of underwater intervention, including remotely underwater operated vehicles, submersibles and related special sensors.

CF diving team (équipe de plongeurs militaires)

CF diving team means an organizational sub-unit identified in command orders that is authorized to conduct CF diving, meets the standards set out in the Canadian Forces Diving Manual, and is recognized by D Dive S.

3. Policy Direction


3.1 This DAOD provides policy applicable to all units, formations and headquarters having responsibilities pertaining to CF diving (i.e. CF diving authorities), all CAF members engaged in CF diving, as well as all DND employees and CAF members carrying out duties relating to any aspect of CF diving.

3.2 CF diving is performed by units of the maritime, land and air environmental commands (ECs), the Experimental Diving and Undersea Group (EDU Grp) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) to meet a wide variety of operational commitments. While the separate roles of the ECs, the EDU Grp and the Dwyer Hill Training Center (DHTC) determine the differing tasks of each CF diving team, many aspects of CF diving are standardized:

  1. application of CAF diving orders and instructions;
  2. conduct of CAF diving operations;
  3. standards and conduct of CAF diving training;
  4. standards for periodic inspections;
  5. conduct of operational evaluations;
  6. statements of requirements;
  7. CAF diving equipment maintenance;
  8. CAF diving equipment procurement;
  9. application of medical standards; and
  10. action upon occurrence of CAF diving accidents.

3.3 For the purposes of this DAOD, the following activities are not functions of CF diving:

  1. CAF recreational SCUBA Club diving;
  2. CAF swimming;
  3. water sports; and
  4. military rescue swimming, such as from Her Majesty's Canadian Ships.

Policy Statement

3.4 The DND and the CAF are committed to ensure that CF diving, whether operational or training, shall be performed:

  1. only by qualified CF divers or, in the case of training, eligible CF diver candidates;
  2. using diving equipment approved by the CAF;
  3. in accordance with CAF diving safety and medical standards; and
  4. in accordance with CAF orders and instructions governing the conduct of CF diving.

3.5 The CF Diving Policy Committee (CFDPC) is the primary organization for the development of CF diving policy. The CFDPC is chaired by D Dive S with representatives from all ECs. The CFDPC normally meets annually.

3.6 All diving at the EDU Grp shall be conducted in accordance with this policy, except as authorized in DAOD 8009-1, Canadian Forces Diving - Organization and Operating Principles and DAOD 5061-0, Research Involving Human Subjects and DAOD 5061-1, Research Involving Human Subject - Approval Procedures.


3.7 CAF diving authorities shall:

  1. maintain a standard of CAF diving qualifications, based on EC requirements;
  2. ensure all CF divers, as well as all DND employees and CAF members carrying out duties relating to any aspect of CF diving, comply with orders promulgated in the Canadian Forces Diving Manual governing the conduct of CAF diving operations and training;
  3. ensure that CAF diving equipment is tested, repaired and maintained in accordance with established standards and applicable Canadian Forces Technical Orders (CFTOs);
  4. ensure compliance with CF Diving General Memoranda (DGM) containing safety information to all CAF diving authorities and CF diving teams; and
  5. ensure up to date records of all CAF diving activities are maintained in accordance with applicable orders and instructions.

4. Authorities

Authority Table

4.1 The following table details how authority for CF diving policy is exercised and those areas in which the ECs direct their own policy, in consultation with D Dive S. It also identifies the authorities responsible for implementing CF diving policy.

The … has/have the authority to …


  • approve CF diving policy.

Chief of Maritime Staff (CMS)

  • direct common CAF diving equipment requirements (office of primary interest (OPI): Director Maritime Requirement Sea (DMRS));
  • approve doctrine and training for naval diving (OPI: Director Maritime Policy Operations and Readiness (DMPOR)); and
  • authorize Director Maritime Health Services (DMH Svcs) to develop CF diving medical policy.

Chief of Land Staff (CLS)

  • approve land force policy, operations and readiness for army diving, including combat diving, (OPI: Director General Engineers (DG Engr) in consultation with Director Land Force Readiness (DLFR));
  • approve doctrine for army diving (OPI: Director General Land Combat Development (DGLCD)/Directorate of Army Doctrine (DAD));
  • approve training standards for army diving (OPI: Land Force Doctrine and Training System (LFDTS)/Directorate of Army Training (DAT), in concert with the Managing Authority, Canadian Forces Support Training Group (CFSTG)); and
  • approve army diving equipment requirements (OPI: Director Land Requirement (DLR)).

Chief of Air Staff (CAS)

  • approve operational directives and training for search and rescue (SAR) diving (OPI: A3 SAR); and
  • approve SAR diving equipment requirements (OPI: Director Air Requirement (DAR)).

Commander Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (Comd CANSOFCOM)

  • approve doctrine and training for CF diving conducted by CANSOFCOM units (OPI: CANSOFCOM HQ/COS OPS);
  • approve CANSOFCOM unit equipment requirements (OPI: CANSOFCOM HQ/COS OPS); and
  • develop, coordinate and administer policy and procedures for diving conducted by CANSOFCOM units.

Director General Health Services (DGHS)

  • approve medical standards for CF divers.

Director General Maritime Equipment Program Manager (DGMEPM)

  • approve maintenance policy for all CAF diving equipment as design authority and Life Cycle Materiel Manager (LCMM) (OPI: Director Maritime Ship Support (DMSS)); and
  • approve CAF diving equipment procurement (OPI: Director Maritime Management and Support (DMMS)).

D Dive S

  • to develop CF diving policy as chair of the CFDPC; and
  • to develop, promulgate and enforce orders and directives for the implementation of CF diving policy.

5. References

Acts, Regulations, Central Agncy Policies and Policy DAOD

Other References

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