School of Russian Military Divers

School of Russian Military Divers

This time we invite you to the naval school in Saint Petersburg and see how Russian military divers polish up their skills, what equipment they use and what tasks they solve.

On the picture above you can see a diver wearing helmet SuperLite 27 designed in 1992. It has a unique collar and an extremely small inside.

School of Russian Military Divers

Operational depth of the helmet – 30-67 meters depending on configuration. It can be used without heating at temperature up to +2C.

School of Russian Military Divers

Ground searching anchor.

School of Russian Military Divers

Removing the helmet and undressing the diver. The condition of the the diver is reported to be normal.

School of Russian Military Divers

Air panel board shows pressure in the hose.

School of Russian Military Divers

Technological communication station.

The communication is provided with a lifeline fixed on a diver. The cable also helps him to balance while submersion, moving on the ground, emersion. The cable serves as a lifeline and means of telephone connection. It is put on the waist of the diver and fastened on his belt.

School of Russian Military Divers

“Diver tender! Remember that life of your partner is in your hands!”

It’s utterly important to follow all safety rules at school, keep an eye on each other, check physical condition of divers and undergo medical inspection before diving.

School of Russian Military Divers

Dive knives are intended to be used in water as working and rescue instruments or as weapons. One of the main purposes is to cut fishing lines and nets quickly.

School of Russian Military Divers

No-size diving boots weigh 21 kilograms (standard) or 23 kilograms (loaded). Each boot has a lead sole, a brass nose and a leather rear all fixed on a wooden insole. The top of the boot is made from thick rubberized material.

School of Russian Military Divers

Helmet is a rigid element of diver’s equipment that protects a diver’s head and creates air volume for his breathing under the water. Helmets are made from copper sheets, their valves – from brass.

School of Russian Military Divers

Difficult technical tasks are practised in a pool. For example, they search for scattered bolts on the bottom, untie complex knots etc.

School of Russian Military Divers

“3-bolt” helmet UVS-50.

“Three-bolt” diving equipment is used for rescue and emergency operations, ship raising and other works at depth up to 60 meters. They complete compressor and manual stations of sea and estuary diving boats, rescue ships, tugboats and other diving watercrafts. Helmet, shirt and corselet are connected with three bolts to provide reliability and waterproofing.

School of Russian Military Divers

Lining mask.

School of Russian Military Divers

Diver in a helmet after emersion.

School of Russian Military Divers

It takes efforts of four persons to help a diver to put off the diving shirt. They pull it in different directions and let the diver to jump out of it.

The diving shirt is the one piece with trousers. Its top has an elastic flange with three holes for corselet studs that allow to connect the shirt with the helmet. To protect most wearable areas they apply elbow and knee pads.

School of Russian Military Divers

Premise next door to the pool, on the walls are information boards.

School of Russian Military Divers

After theoretical lessons students change and head to the pool for submersion. Theory is as important as practice.

School of Russian Military Divers

SVU-3 equipment is intended for breathing and protection from external environment while performing various diving operations at depth up to 60 meters. The equipment is a multipurpose one as it’s used in autonomous and hose versions, while walking on the ground and swimming.

School of Russian Military Divers

Communication of a diver with a person above is carried out thru signal ring pulling. There is a special signal table learnt by each diver.

School of Russian Military Divers

Helmet SuperLite 27 getting sealed.

School of Russian Military Divers

Diver reporting on his condition after emersion.

School of Russian Military Divers

Draining water after emersion from the pool. Diver wears overall UGK-1.

School of Russian Military Divers

SVU-3 equipment, there is a little screen-wiper inside to prevent weeping.

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