CURRENT THERMAL PROTECTION FOR THE CANADIAN FORCES DIVER

Authors
  1. DeJong, J.
  2. Cox, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A diver in the Canadian Forces (CF) requires specialized protection to handle Canada's rugged environmental conditions. These conditions vary between the east and west coast. The east coast experiences colder water conditions throughout the year with only a slight warming trend in late summer and early fall. The coldest time on the west coast is in late December and January. The water and surface temperatures in the west seldom get as low as the east coast and so there are definite differences in the type of diving suit and thermal protection preferred. In the CF we rely on both passive and active suit heating. The wet and dry suits rely on the body to heat up the layer of water or air that is between the diver and the suit. In the hot water suits, hot water is pumped down to the divers to heat the area between the diver and the suit.
Report Number
DCIEM-92-10-P-3 — @Paper presented at the DCIEM Diver Thermal Protection Workshop, North York, Ontario, Canada, 31 Jan - 2 Feb 1989; CONTAINED IN 92-03143
Date of publication
15 Jan 1992
Number of Pages
3 (p3-5)
DSTKIM No
92-03142
CANDIS No
125612
Format(s):
Microfiche filmed at DSIS;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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