Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center


1.  30 Days Prior To Transfer. The activity transferring the member to initial training must verify the member’s physical condition by administering the physical screening test (PT test) within 30 days of transferring the member (see MILPERSMAN 1220-100). Personnel who fail the physical screening test will retest approximately 15 days prior to transferring. If the member fails again, he or she will have their orders held in abeyance and Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM) (PERS-401D) will be notified via message. Be prepared to take the PT screening test upon arrival to NDSTC prior to course commencement.

2.  It is imperative that all personnel reporting to NDSTC for any course of instruction have their personnel, medical, and dental records in their possession when reporting aboard.


1.  Candidates must have completed a diving physical within the 24 month period prior to reporting for training. This includes a Report of Medical History (DD Form 2807-1) and a Report of Medical Examination (DD Form 2808). Candidates must have completed a US Military Diving Medical Screening Questionaire (NAVPERS 1200/6) within a 1 month period prior to reporting for training.

All three of the above MUST be completed, current, and approved/signed by an Undersea Medical Officer prior to checking into NDSTC. Because of limitations in time and resources, students with incomplete medical documentation will be medically dropped from training and returned to their parent command.

Additionally, successful completion of a pressure test prior to arriving at NDSTC is highly recommended. Successful completion of a pressure test should be documented on the Special Duty Medical Abstract (NAVMED 6150/2).

2.  The following studies must be completed within 3 months of the diving physical examination and must be documented on the Report of Medical Examination (DD Form 2808):
a.  Chest x-ray (PA and Lateral)
b.  Electrocardiogram
c.  Audiogram
d.  Dental Examination Class I or II
e.  PPD
f.  Vision (refer to Article 15-102 and 15-105 of the MANMED for specific requirements)
g.  CBC
h.  Urinalysis
i.  Fasting blood glucose
j.  Hepatitis C screening
k.  Fasting Lipid Panel
l.  documentation of a neurological examination on block 42 to include mental status, cranial nerves, motor, sensory, coordination, and deep tendon reflexes.
m.  Blood type (drawn any time prior to dive training; do not repeat for retention physicals)
n.  G6PD (drawn any time prior to dive training; do not repeat for retention physicals)
o.  Sickle cell (drawn any time prior to dive training; do not repeat for retention physicals)

3.  The following documents are provided as a reference. These documents may be printed out and completed by the medical provider performing your diving physical examination; however there is not a requirement to use these modified documents.
DD FORM 2807-1 - Completed within 24 months of initiating dive training.
DD FORM 2808 - Completed within 24 months of initiating dive training.
NAVPERS 1200/6 - Completed within 1 month of initiating dive training.
NAVMED 6150/2 - Completed at time of dive physical

4.  The following document is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that the Medical Department at NDSTC has compiled. Please view this document prior to contacting the NDSTC Medical Department with questions in regard to diving physical examinations.


The course of instruction is complete and is not based on an assumed knowledge level. However, for classes in which minimum time is devoted to reviewing basic concepts, additional time is available for in depth coverage of the subject matter or additional practice in practical application. Those specific areas in which the student should prepare are as follows:

Computation of areas and volumes.

Temperature conversions (F to C and C to F).

Basic gas laws: Boyle's, Charles/Gay-Lussac's, Henry's, Dalton's, The Kinetic Theory of gasses.

General algebraic operations (officer courses only).

Basic trigonometry (officer courses only).

Required Training Material

    All students will report to class with the following items for training:
  • Pens and pencils.
  • Notebook
  • Highlighter.
  • Non-programmable calculator.
  • White cotton briefs to be worn under UDTs (7 ea recommended)
  • White t-shirts (7 ea recommended)
  • White socks (7 pairs recommended)
  • Running shoes (2 pairs recommended)
  • Steel Toe Boots
  • Combination lock
  • Wrist watch (digital w/stopwatch).
  • Water bottle/Camel back (uniform as a class).
  • Navy PTU or Navy Blue Sweatshirts and sweatpants (recommended for winter months)
    NDSTC will provide the following items for training:
  • UDT shorts
  • Required dive gear (i.e.: mask, fins, wetsuits as needed, etc…)
  • U.S. Navy Dive Manual and all required study material

Uniform requirements

This command will accept only the highest standards of appearance. Military bearing will directly affect course outcome. Students will report and graduate in their dress uniform.

    Student Uniform of the Day:
  • NWU/CUU/ACU or appropriate duty uniform for all classroom activities and travel to and from school.
  • UDT shorts and white t-shirts for all PT activities.
  • White Cotton briefs ONLY will be worn with UDT’s. Females will wear a full one piece swimsuit as an undergarment during pool or diving operations.
  • White socks.
  • Navy PTU or Navy Blue Sweatshirts and sweatpants may be worn depending on the weather, but class must be uniform in appearance.
  • Camelbacks or water bottles (uniform throughout the class).


The courses at NDSTC are structured such that the student must study outside regular hours to receive passing grades (80% or better). There is a two hour mandatory night study (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) for all students while in the physics and medicine sections of the curriculum. Every effort is made to assist a student to overcome any difficult areas of the course. The command classrooms and the Duty Instructor are also available in the evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to interested persons for study and extra instruction. Students who fail a written examination will be re-examined in that subject following remediation. Failure of a retake examination or repeated failures of the practical aspects of training can result in an academic drop from training.


Occasionally a student will try to conceal a physical problem (i.e., claustrophobia, physical abnormality, lack of self-confidence) in hopes of completing the course and becoming a diver. The best thing a student should do if a problem exists is to bring it into the open and discuss it with experienced professionals. Quite frequently, the student finds that their particular problem is something which all divers experience at first. On the other hand, if a serious problem exists, the student is doing no one, including himself, justice by remaining enrolled.


The diving and salvage community remains limited in its manning levels of experienced senior personnel. The employment of enlisted divers to instruct senior personnel is an absolute necessity. The mature student will recognize this situation and adjust accordingly. Enlisted instructors are directed to report any difficulties with senior students to the Training Officer and students are to do the same for any difficulties with instructors, using the proper chain of command.