Company: Oceaneering
Skills: Diving
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: United Kingdom

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Position Summary

The Life Support Supervisor is the Shift Supervisor and is responsible to the on-shift Diving Supervisor for the health and safety of all Divers within the saturation diving complex.

Duties & Responsibilities



  • Will ensure that the number of Divers under pressure in the saturation complex does not exceed the maximum capacity as noted on the Certificate of Class for that Dive System.
  • Will ensure that his LSTs are fully qualified and competent and supervise their work.
  • Will ensure that all diving first aid and medical equipment is checked for compliance.
  • Be a fully qualified LST with IMCA certifications.
  • Ensuring that he understands and complies with the duties detailed in IMCA D 013.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of the diving team when in the saturation complex. (The LSS reports to the Diving Supervisor on this.)
  • Be familiar with all relevant parts of the Dive System, and all the system-specific operating procedures.
  • Ensure that all plant and equipment is suitable, properly maintained, and, where appropriate, fully certified and in compliance with the relevant Class Authority, IMCA, IMO and other relevant standards, and that all communications systems are suitable and fully working.
  • Will oversee all Transfers Under Pressure, and ensure they are carried out in accordance with the Oceaneering System Procedures.
  • Be familiar with all of Oceaneering Diving Operations documents, Diving Manual and Emergency and Contingency Manual.
  • Ensure that the original copy of all Chamber Monitoring Sheets, Sat Control Logs and Sat Control Log Continuation Sheets, Decompression Reports and all other duplicate or triplicate forms are retained for return to the Diving Manager. This applies to all forms, whether they have been completed, not completed or damaged.
  • Be familiar with the Oceaneering Management of Change Process and ensure that, if changes are needed, the process is followed.
  • Where procedural revisions are required, the LSS will take place in discussions, provide any required information or advice, and review the procedures to ensure they are suitable and capture all the necessary details and highlight any significant safety issues.
  • Will be thoroughly familiar with all the diving-related, vessel-specific Emergency and Contingency procedures, roles, responsibilities and actions, ensuring that regular drills and exercises are carried out and recorded in the relevant documents.
  • Responsible for ensuring that suitable and adequate gas supplies are available to match the requirements of the project planned diving operations and ensure that suitable additional gases are available to manage decompression or similar incidents.
  • Ensure that an adequate stock of saturation control consumables is maintained at all times. If nominated as the Gasman on board, he will ensure that all the requirements detailed in the Diving Organization, Roles and Responsibilities Sections are met. If there is no nominated Gasman on board, the LSS will nominate an LST for the role and ensure that the requirements are met thoroughly, safely and efficiently.
  • Will be familiar with gas mixing equipment and with gas mixing theories, ensuring that all gas mixing is carried out safely and efficiently and meets the requirements laid down in the Diving Manual.
  • Will be familiar with compressors and ensure they are used safely and efficiently.
  • Will be familiar with IMCA D 050 for Minimum Gas Requirement (MGR) and advise the OCS on levels of gas required to maintain the MGR on board and any changes that are required; for example, where the working depth is going to increase.
  • Ensure that a gas-status board is maintained all the time in Sat Control.
  • Apply HSE accountabilities and responsibilities
  • Maintain accurate logs of operations and incidents
  • Prepare hyperbaric evacuation and rescue plan
  • Manage hyperbaric evacuation, launch, post launch procedures and decompression
  • Implement HES procedures
  • Manage hyperbaric evacuation life support systems following launch of SPHLB/HRC
  • Implement relevant IMCA and DMAC HES guidance
  • Manage the safe operation of life support and gas reclaim systems
  • Follow relevant flowcharts to select initial treatment options/standard therapeutic treatment tables
  • Communicate with hyperbaric medical physician for essential specialist assistance
  • Supervise therapeutic treatments of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases in accordance with standard treatment tables
  • Supervise therapeutic treatments of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases in accordance with non-standard treatments as specified by hyperbaric medical physicians
  • Implement project emergency and contingency plans
  • Participate in all diving emergency drills and in-house familiarization
  • Supervise and operate emergency and back- up systems
  • Respond appropriately to a diving emergency
  • Deliver dive system emergency familiarization training
  • Ensure safe management of bell and divers' umbilical's
  • Support individual and team functions in ways which promote team working, trust and co- operation with colleagues and supervisors
  • Manage information, resources, and personnel safely and effectively
  • Promote and implement company safety and quality management systems
  • Complete appropriate company documentation
  • Assign clear objectives and tasks to personnel in ways which ensure understanding
  • Deliver effective handovers
  • Implement company management of change procedures
  • Provide opportunities for learning and practice
  • Develop personnel, and encourage peer mentoring to promote good practice and safe working for individuals and the team
  • Provide ongoing competence assessment of personnel under supervision
  • Promote a culture supportive of HSE matters, demonstrating visible and active HSE leadership
  • Communicate effectively with dive team, marine personnel and deck crew
  • Encourage personnel to raise issues or concerns calmly and to deal with matters promptly and appropriately
  • Support individual and team functions in ways which promote team working, trust and co- operation with colleagues and supervisors

Additional Duties

  • Maintaining the Company quality assurance and control philosophy on all operation and diving activities in accordance with the relevant standards and specifications, as required by the Client's representative(s) and procedural documentation.
  • Ensuring all operational/diving activities undertaken comply with the relevant legislative directives and are in accordance with the Company diving/operational manuals and safety memoranda;
  • Ensuring that the implementation, maintenance and documentation of a routine preventative aintenance/certification program regarding the diving system and support equipment is performed in accordance with safe working practice and relevant legislation;
  • Ensuring that system audits are reviewed on a regular basis.
  • He is responsible for the supervision and correct running of all chamber-complex related equipment, including all valves, gauges, piping and electrical equipment and pressure vessels. However, the maintenance of this equipment will be the responsibility of the Diving System Technician.
  • The LSS is responsible for the hygiene within the Saturation System and must ensure Diving Health and
  • Hygiene Procedures are followed and documented.
  • He is responsible for the management of all diving gases and other diving complex consumables (e. g.,

calibration gas, Sodasorb, Purafil, Draeger Tubes, cleaning materials, etc.).

  • He is responsible for ensuring that all Life Support Personnel are fully familiarized with the chamber system, with the operation of all the associated equipment and procedures, and with Oceaneering manuals and requirements.
  • All personnel must be registered with the competency assessment scheme and be subject to appropriate assessments and be fully conversant with all relevant emergency procedures and equipment, including

the manning procedures for the SPHL.

  • They also must be able to recognize decompression illness symptoms and be able to help and advise the

Diving Supervisor in any therapeutic treatments.

  • The LSS will ensure that he mentors and monitors the Life Support Team's (LST and ALST) progress to

assist with their performance.


Ensure that the Safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to so far as is reasonably practicable in order to ensure a safe working environment.


Carry out work in accordance with the Company Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Systems.

Perform the assigned tasks with due diligence regarding the Integrated Management Systems on the Company.

Eliminate waste of whatever form, to suggest the use of more environmentally friendly substances and practices and contribute to the continuous improvement of the environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has direct supervisory responsibilities.

Reporting Relationship



  • Completed diver training to IMCA-recognised LST qualification
  • Demonstrated competence as an offshore Life Support Supervisor.
  • Logged at least 350 panel hours (under direct supervision) offshore on a minimum of 50 bell runs over a minimum period of 90 days working as a LST.
  • Logged a minimum of 360 hours as an assistant life support technician (ALST)
  • Passed offshore medical suitable for geographical area of work
  • Passed offshore survival course suitable for geographical area of work
  • Has received training in aspects of leadership
  • Completed employer company familiarisation

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Personal safe working practices and safety procedures on-board the vessel and/or installation
  • All relevant legislation and guidance
  • Company safety management systems including incident reporting and investigation procedures
  • Factors which affect the safety and security of the dive team
  • Dive system and operation
  • Relevant emergency procedures
  • Risk assessment principles and procedures
  • Safety planning related to the preparation of diving project plans and project emergency response plans
  • HSE inductions, meetings and training procedures
  • Permit to work procedures
  • Management of change procedures
  • Company hazard observation system
  • Overall dive system configuration
  • Company procedures
  • Project/operational procedures and plans
  • Operation of the dive control panel
  • Deployment and recovery of the bell
  • Transfer under pressure procedures and hazards
  • Dive tables
  • Gas analysis system including analyser calibration procedures
  • Gas resources and mixtures
  • Bell diver hot water system
  • Reclaim system
  • Planned maintenance system (PMS)
  • IMCA guidelines including DESIGN
  • Workplace and environment conditions
  • Diving operations from dynamic positioning (DP) vessels
  • Lost/trapped bell procedures
  • Relevant IMCA HES guidance including information contained in DESIGN documents
  • Relevant DMAC guidance
  • Hyperbaric evacuation system (HES) procedures including:
  • preparation of the HES for evacuation and launch
  • TUP and pre-launch procedures
  • launch procedures
  • post launch procedures, including recovery of SPHLB/HRC, LSP operation, transport arrangements, and HRF transfer procedures
  • emergency decompression from saturation
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Causes, signs and symptoms of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Flowcharts used to select initial treatment options/standard therapeutic treatment tables for decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Standard therapeutic treatment tables used to treat decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Operation and hazards of life support and gas reclaim systems
  • Project emergency and contingency plans
  • Fire and emergency drills relating to vessel- installation/systems/chambers
  • Procedures for:
  • loss of pressure in a saturation system/bell/DDC
  • emergency chamber abort
  • loss of communications/bell power/ hot water supply
  • loss of bell wire/umbilical/guide wire
  • lost/trapped bell
  • fire hazards/incidents
  • loss of air/gas
  • system failures, e.g. winch/ compressor
  • trapped/incapacitated diver procedures
  • loss of dive platform position
  • hyperbaric evacuation
  • Principles of safe umbilical management including active tending
  • Identification of hazards
  • Maximum diver umbilical lengths
  • Excursion umbilical safety and excursion limits
  • DP systems and diving from DP vessels, including:
  • surface orientated diving from DP vessels (ref. IMCA D 010 - Diving operations from vessels operating in dynamically positioned mode)
  • pre-dive briefing
  • umbilical safety
  • diving in anchor patterns as outlined in IMCA D 010
  • DP operations with reference to shallow water diving
  • Conventional mooring systems and diving from conventionally moored vessels, including:
  • isolation of thrusters and other dangerous parts of ships
  • station keeping and moored systems
  • Marine safety principles
  • Dive project plan and work procedures
  • People management principles, approaches and techniques
  • Company HR policies and procedures affecting personnel being supervised
  • Operational and project management principles, approaches and tasks
  • Company competence management system
  • Company safety and quality management systems
  • Company management of change procedures
  • Impact of training, supervision, support and coaching on the safety performance of personnel
  • Principles and techniques of competence assessment
  • Safety leadership behaviors and impacts on individual and team performance
  • Effective communication for individual and team safety covering dive, bridge, ROV and life support teams
  • Principles relating to engagement in company safety culture
  • Principles underpinning team working and interdepartmental co-operation
  • Importance of personnel identifying and speaking out about safety concerns
  • Principles of an open reporting culture
  • Ensures that regular consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility

Working Conditions

This position is considered OFFSHORE WORK which is characterized as follows.

  • Requires working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions.
  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Includes exposure to contaminants.
  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures.
  • Requires working in cramped work spaces and getting into awkward positions.
  • Requires working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.

Physical Activity/Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is considered HEAVY work.




  • Lift 50-100 pounds
  • Walk in confined workspaces, kneel, jump, run, work while lying on stomach/back, crawl and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands
  • Differentiate between colors
  • Wear PPE for skin protection
  • Eye protection
  • Steel/safety toed shoes/boots
  • Lift 25-50 pounds
  • Wear PPE for head, hands
  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach and lift/carry objects
  • Twist, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated
  • Work with arms extended below the waist, unsupported, elbows flexed, wrist supported and unsupported
  • Lift 10-20 pounds
  • Standing and walking
  • Wear PPE for body, vision and hearing protection

Closing Statement

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