First off, if you check the rules, you will see we have a deadline at the end of this month:
from section 2.0 of the HPS2006 Rules:
Demonstration of underwater operation of the submarine prior to the HPS2006 is mandatory for entry. A VHS videotape or photographs of the safety and marking features of the submarines shall be submitted by June 30, 2006. The submarine must be substantially complete in the video/photographs, any incomplete features must be listed with completion plans and dates and provided with the tapes/photos. The video/photos shall demonstrate the following:
· Timing stripes and identification numbers on both sides of the submarine.
· Underwater operation of the canopy release mechanism both inside and outside the submarine.
· Underwater Operation of the operator constraint release mechanism.
· Safety markings for releases and constraints
· Underwater normal operating position of the operator(s).
· Underwater Safety Diver’s view of occupant heads and faces and air gages per 3.6.2 and 3.7.1.
· Underwater egress of the operator(s) including operation of any necessary devices.
· Underwater occupant escape without assistance and occupant unconscious rescue.
Not all the teams have all their registration forms in. The attached PDF file has a list of all registered team members. If you don’t see a team member’s name or you see an error let me know immediately. If you don’t have all “Y”s next to your name, you will need to provide the appropriate forms to fill in those blanks before you will be allowed to compete. This goes expressly for proof of insurance, which I haven’t received from anyone yet. You can either send them to me now, or bring them with you. Remember however, if what you bring doesn’t meet the requirements, it will be too late for you to try again. Also check out the column on the far right. This is where I recorded any advanced certifications you may have. Please also check this for errors. Extra certifications can add to the possibility of your team winning the Safety Award or the Operations Award. Please note that some forms were turned in unsigned or un-witnessed. These may appear as a “NO” in the table. I will provide more detail when inquired.
Opening Ceremony and Design Presentations Location
Opening ceremonies will be at California State University San Marcos on July19th promptly at 1pm. First will be an opening address from a representative of the Navy. Then the keynote address will be given by Mr. Burt Marsh entitled “Recovery of the Ehime Maru”. Mr. Marsh has extensive experience in underwater research and salvage. It should prove to be an exciting talk. Next we will have the safety presentation given by our own Dive Master, Marty Townsend. This explains our safety systems and how the race course is operated. It is mandatory for all contestants who plan on diving. Finally after introducing the judges, will be the design presentations, for which each team is allotted 20min with 5min for Q&A. Dinner will be provided and we’ll take a short break for that at around 5pm.
San Marcos is located at
Race Course Setup
In the past, we had design presentations on Wednesday night and race course setup on Thursday morning. The teams would help with setup, with racing to begin as soon as all was set up, typically around noon. This year we are lucky enough to have extra help from Navy divers. They will be doing setup Wednesday night while the teams are presenting. This way we will have an extra half day for racing. These divers may also be acting as safety divers throughout the event. Don’t forget to thank them for their efforts.
At HPS2004 one of our
safety divers, Jeff Prewitt took it upon himself to organize a cookout
If you want your team
logo to appear on the tee shirt, you must get it to us by the end of
this week. So far I have logos from
As always if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email.
HPS2006 Contestant Coordinator
The event is fast approaching and the volunteers here at HPS are ramping up their efforts. In the off season just a few people are involved with HPS2006. However during the event our numbers grow to a cast of hundreds. The logistics of this event are very involved and it is the dedication of our volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors that makes it all possible. They all wish you a safe, exciting and memorable event. So get those subs tuned and polished so you can show the competition what your team’s made of! And don’t forget to get them wet as often as you can before the event!Who’s Registered for HPS2006
We are sorting through all those registration forms that the teams have sent in. The following teams have submitted a Team registration form:
A diving team member must
“C Card” or Diving Certification from a recognized SCUBA Instructor organization.
There have been some questions in regards to what facilities to expect at HPS2006. Here are some highlights with more information to come:
-Race course set up: This year we plan on setting up the race course on Wednesday evening while the team presentations are happening. This way all will be ready to begin racing first thing Thursday morning.
-Compressed air will be supplied by the US Navy Consolidated Diver’s Unit.
-Lunch will be provided to all registered contestants during race operations at the race course.
-Drinks will be available for purchase throughout the event.
-Paramedics will be on site during race operations
-FRS Radios will be used by the event staff for communication. If your team also wishes to use this form of communication, be advised that due to safety and emergency response reasons, the event staff has first priority on frequency selection and can change as the event unfolds and they see fit.
-Pit Areas: area will be set aside for each team as a “pit area”. Due to the number of teams participating, the amount of space will be limited. Event staff may have to explicitly mark these areas with tape prior to the event. Regardless the pit area selection will be on a first come basis on Wednesday morning July20th.
If you were not aware,
-Safety Divers: At
HPS2006 there are several safety divers in the water at all
times. Most of these divers monitor the course during
racing. However each team will also be assigned a “team safety
diver”. This safety diver will learn the unique safety features
of your sub and will dive whenever you do. This person is
intended to be a first responder if anything happens that your team
cannot deal with. Safety divers are made up mostly of volunteers
from the extensive
Purpose of the Medical Briefing:
As you were filling out all those forms, you were probably wondering why all the paperwork? Aside from the usual releases and personal information, the medical briefing plays a special part. SCUBA diving and operating a human powered submarine pose special hazards to those who take part in this event. Therefore we have the medical briefings reviewed by a Physician who specializes in hyperbaric medicine as an added level of safety.
As always if you have any questions send them to this email address and I will try to answer them as soon as possible.
Until the next newsletter,
Thank you and happy submarine-ing.