Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) was designed to prep Sailors in the EOD and Navy Diving (ND) rating for follow-on training at the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, Fla. The course, which is conducted separately for each rating, consists of 12 days of Navy Diver preparatory instruction covering the fundamentals of diving in relation to anatomy and physiology, operational risk management, equipment operations, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and small arms qualifications.
Additionally, Sailors in the Navy Diver (ND) rating receive an introduction to engineering via a 20-day curriculum at the BECC prior to commencing the preparatory course.
A class at what is commonly known as “Dive Prep” generally consists of 35 Navy Diver and EOD candidates and five Dive Medical Technicians (DMT) from the Corpsman (HM) rating. Students are placed in the classroom phase of training, receiving general diving and safety knowledge for the first five days in the school. Then, for the next seven days they participate in the pool phase of the course.
Navy Diver candidates may come directly from “boot camp” at Recruit Training Command (RTC) or they may be assigned as fleet returnees.