Thursday, June 18, 2015

Caltrans Dive Team To Perform Diver Rescue and Recovery Training in Long Beach

Caltrans' Office of Structure Maintenance and Investigations Underwater Inspection Team or dive team will perform rescue and recovery training in the Alamitos Bay under the Appian Way Bridge between Sorrento Drive and Bayshore Avenue during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 24th, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
During the training the dive team will have one primary (working) diver and one standby (rescue) diver. During the drill the rescue diver (on a timed exercise) will don gear, enter the water, and locate and recover a primary diver who has become unresponsive during a dive, and return the unresponsive diver to a boat or shore. 

This 11 member team consists of licensed civil engineers and engineering technicians.  Team members are certified commercial hard hat divers and federally qualified bridge inspectors. Each team member is required to complete regular safety training to maintain diving certification.

The training involves simulating the types of situations the engineers would encounter performing bridge inspections up to depths of 100 feet and in water with good and poor visibility. The participants in the training utilize drill tools to check timber members, perform hand inspections on concrete elements and utilize equipment to check the thickness
of steel. 

The Underwater Inspection Team is responsible for inspecting more than 600 bridges ranging from the Vincent Thomas, San Francisco-Oakland Bay, Richmond–San Rafael, and San Diego-Coronado bridges to hundreds of bridges over the state’s major rivers and water delivery systems.