Guidance on surface swimmers

February 2024 Rev. 0.1 – Refresh of preface, reference links and layout, but no change to content

April 2021 – Initial Publication of this Recommended Practice

[In 2012, IMCA had published Information Note IMCA D 04/12 Surface Swimmers.

The 2012 information note presented the view that surface swimming was an inappropriate technique for offshore construction activities. In 2019, IMCA reviewed and adjusted its position on surface swimming to bring it more into line with other industry guidance on the subject, and IMCA D 04/12 was withdrawn. IMCA’s adjusted position was presented in Information Note IMCA D 08/19 Surface Swimmers.
The present document, IMCA D066 Guidance on Surface Swimmers, supersedes all previous IMCA guidance on the subject, including Information Note IMCA D 08/19 which is withdrawn.]

  • Background
  • Surface Swimming
  • Matters to be Considered when Planning Surface Swimming Operations
  • PPE for the Surface Swimmer and the Standby Swimmer
  • Limitations
  • Operational Planning
  • Operational Support
Reference(s): IMCA D066
Published:February 2024
Grade:IMCA Recommended Practice

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