CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) is continually striving to improve its Scientific Diving operations. In May, CSA’s Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and Health, Safety, Security, and Environment Director (HSSE) Eirik Kydland attended and assisted with a two-week intensive Scientific Diver course at the Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) in Key West, Florida. The course was led by Dr. Alex Brylske, Professor of Marine Science & Technology at FKCC and author of the book The Complete Diver: The History, Science, and Practice of Scuba Diving. The purpose of Mr. Kydland’s participation was twofold: although he is a certified American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver, Eirik sought a fresh perspective on the academic side of scientific diving while sharing the unique challenges and opportunities of private sector scientific diving with future Scientific Divers.
Eirik assisted with the skills sessions in both the pool and open water, including rescue scenarios. As a Paramedic, Diver Medical Technician, and Technical Diving Instructor, he provided additional subject-matter expertise during lectures on dive medicine, physiology, and decompression theory.