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Why Mini-ROVs Should Act as Dive Supervisor's Eyes

Kiara Vallier   |   February 22, 2016

We post a lot about commercial diving on our blog and how our Diveable Control System has been gaining a lot of momentum in the industry and why. It’s a fantastic tool that allows divers to control the ROV from below the water with them, increasing diver safety while still allowing the diver to have control over the system.

While this product has been hugely successful, there is still a lot of merit in simply using an ROV (controlled from deck) to watch over commercial dive teams. The Diveable Control System is great for giving divers the ability to gauge new areas and “get close” to dangerous objects without putting themselves in danger, but there are still some dive missions that involve divers swimming in familiar areas to perform tasks that they are used to doing. Yet, that doesn’t mean that writing off the use of an ROV completely is a good idea either.

There is still a lot to be gained by using an ROV from shore/deck to monitor commercial divers as they work. Whenever work is undertaken below the water, there are always the added risks of ocean currents, marine wildlife and other elements that increase the dangers of the job compared to if the same job were to be performed on land. That is why having a member of the dive team on board the vessel or on shore watch over the divers performing the work is a huge advantage.

The way it stands now, there must be supervisors that are not in the water who watch over their divers in the water. This seems like common sense and it is easy to understand why this is necessary: if anything goes wrong in the water or someone’s oxygen runs out or tank malfunctions there is someone to help respond. Having a supervisor on board always means that there is backup if an accident happens.

But what if something goes wrong with the dive and the supervisor is not able to respond as quickly as possible because communication between land and water is not as good as it could be? What if the supervisor is unable to see their divers and something goes wrong?

This is the moment that having an ROV would come in handy. By adding a mini-ROV like the Deep Trekker DTG3 ROV to a commercial dive team, supervisors are never left guessing what is happening below the water because they have their own set of eyes down there. By deploying an ROV to monitor the divers, supervisors are able to respond as soon as something happens because they are made aware of the situation immediately.

Using the DTG3 to monitor divers can also prevent future accidents from unfolding. With the ability to record what’s taking place with a DVR, commercial dive teams are able to review the dive afterwards to ensure that everything was handled properly and address any unforeseen situations or challenges that took place.

So, why add a mini-ROV to your dive team? Because it just makes sense.

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