Lost bell survival – DVD guide available from IMCAPublications // September 19, 2008
Fortunately a ‘lost bell’ diving incident is a rare occurrence, but one which is life-threatening for the divers concerned.
Previous experience indicates that the divers’ chances of survival will be enhanced if the divers and their support crews know how to make effective use of the emergency survival equipment provided in each diving bell.
A newly produced DVD, available from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), aids the assimilation of information on the equipment – demand has been so great that 60 DVDs were despatched in the first two weeks of availability.
“It is imperative that divers are familiar with the equipment, and support crews recognise their role in deploying and maintaining an effective survival system,” explained Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA.
“With this in mind, back in 1998 IMCA and the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) came together to produce the video ‘Lost Bell Survival’ and an accompanying trainers’ guide. Together they were designed to supplement in-house training for dive teams, dive supervisors, life support technicians, maintenance personnel and diving school trainees, in use of the survival equipment provided in a diving bell or welding habitat.”
Originally produced on VHS cassette, IMCA has now transferred the video to DVD to facilitate ongoing use with dive teams. The trainers’ guide has also been put into the current IMCA publications format.
Copies of the DVD and printed trainers’ guide (IMCA D017) are available at £10.00 for members and £20.00 for non-members and can be ordered at www.imca-int.com or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.