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Planning a diving or snorkeling trip is no easy task. Divers need to consider the environment they are diving as well as their own personal safety before submerging into the water. NOAA has many resources available for recreational divers to help make trip planning easier and more enjoyable. This Web site provides direct links to specific NOAA services and products that divers should use in planning memorable dives.

Whether you are tying to find out tomorrow’s weather forecast, local navigation charts or tips on how to be an environmentally responsible diver, remember that NOAA is here to help. Think of NOAA as your dive planning partner and take advantage of the information that is provided here!

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NOAA Dive Manual - The Definitive Encyclopedia Of Diving Is A Must-Have For Serious Divers. Available from the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service.

Topics covered include:

Diving Physiology
The "What And Why" Of Diving Gear
Diving Using A Variety Of Gas Mixtures
Procedures For Dive Planning, Operations, And Emergencies

This new edition has been greatly expanded and completely revised with many new full color illustrations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Diving Program, the U.S. government's leading authority on scientific diving and undersea technology.

Greatly Expanded and Completely Revised To Reflect the Diversified Tasks NOAA Divers Carry Out Underwater
Because these tasks are as varied as those of any group of worldwide underwater workers, this new manual contains instructions, recommendations, and general guidance on the broadest possible range of underwater living conditions and diving situations.
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Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail - A trail of historic shipwrecks is scattered along the treacherous coral reefs and buried in the sandy shallows a few miles off the Florida Keys, and these wrecks have many tales to tell.
Wreck Database - The Office of Coast Survey's Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System (AWOIS) contains information on approximately 10,000 submerged wrecks and obstructions in the coastal waters of the United States. Information includes latitude and longitude of each feature along with brief historic and descriptive details.
Wisconsin's Great Lakes Shipwrecks
NOAA's Coral Reef Web Site - easy links to news, Web sites and additional information on NOAA and other coral reef activities. Dive in and see nature's ocean treasures!
NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Coral Reef Habitat Page
Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems - a coral reef data and information management system that will integrate biological data from reef ecosystem monitoring and research programs with interrelated chemical, biological and physical data of surrounding marine areas. These data include, inter alia, quantitative and descriptive biology of coral reef taxa and communities, including measurements of their occurrences, numbers, life stages, pathology, productivity, and nonbiological measurements, e.g., sea water chemistry, turbidity, temperature, salinity, currents, bio- optical data, and substratum features. The central database will include data from in situ measurements, laboratory studies, remote-sensed data, and digital videotapes and photographs.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Diver Partnership Program - a diverse forum for dive-related groups (businesses, instructors, clubs, newly certified divers and experienced divers) interested in exchanging information, developing education materials, participating in fun diving activities and events, and promoting stewardship of Sanctuary resources.
Reporting Violations on the Water
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NOAA Diving Program - The NOAA Diving Program, or NDP, is administered by NOAA and is headquartered at the NOAA Diving Center in Seattle, Wash. The NOAA Diving Program trains and certifies scientists, engineers and technicians to perform the variety of tasks carried out underwater to support NOAA's mission. With more than 300 divers, NOAA has the largest complement of divers of any civilian federal agency. In addition, NOAA's reputation as a leader in diving and safety training has led to frequent requests from other governmental agencies to participate in NOAA diver training courses.
NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations - NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations operates a wide variety of specialized aircraft and ships to complete NOAA's environmental and scientific missions. NMAO is also responsible for the administration and implementation of the NOAA Diving Program to ensure a level of diving skill conducive to safe and efficient operations in NOAA-sponsored underwater activities.
NOAA National Undersea Research Program (NURP) - The NOAA Undersea Research Program, within the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, is a unique national service that provides undersea scientists with tools and expertise that they need to work in the undersea environment.

NOAA's AQUARIUS - Aquarius is an underwater ocean laboratory located in the NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The laboratory is deployed three and half miles offshore, at a depth of 60 feet, next to spectacular coral reefs. Scientists live in Aquarius during ten-day missions using saturation diving to study and explore the coastal ocean. Aquarius is owned by NOAA and is operated by the National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Last Updated: February 12, 2007 12:24 PM
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