Regional Dive Locker West
Regional Dive Locker West (RDLW) is a department within MSST San Diego and is one of only two dive lockers that the Coast Guard maintains in the continental United States. RDLW is composed of 18 divers all of whom have passed the rigorous training of the Navy Dive Salvage and Training Center in Panama City, FL with a baseline certification of Second Class Diver. Some crewmembers of RDLW also maintain higher certifications such as Marine Engineering Dive Officer, First Class Diver, and Diving Medical Technician depending upon the pay grade and billet assignment of each individual crewmember. Utilizing the knowledge and training of these qualifications, RDLW is divided into separate teams capable of conducting a wide variety of missions throughout the country. These missions range, but are not limited to: Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS). Underwater Ship’s Husbandry (UWSH), Aids to Navigation (ATON) and Cold Water Ice Diving (CWID). To execute these missions RDLW employs a plethora of unique tools and equipment such as side scan sonar, Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) and hydraulic hull scrubbers. RDLW also works very closely with the dive teams of other law enforcement agencies, other US military divers, and the dive teams of other countries in executing international exercises. For more information about the Coast Guard Dive Program, Coast Guard dive missions, or how to become a diver visit the Dive Capabilities Division (CG-7212) website.