The Diver's ability to perform his work depends on a number of factors. The ease in which the diver's tender dresses him does much to calm the nerves and promotes his comfort so contrivances for dressing the diver are an important part of the divers equipment. The main factor is the performance of the outfit he is using. This will include the suit and the boots along with the weight system . Helmet or Standard Dress Divers work either on the sea, river or lake bed or suspended on a platform usually working on a ship's bottom . It is usual that the diver will be negatively buoyant that is he does not float. His weight system therefore will be most important to his efficiency. Visibility underwater is often poor or totally non existent so the invention of the diver's underwater lamp and torch was a welcome development. Although not always welcome by the diver the introduction of underwater communication systems allowed the diver to ask for tools or describe the work area to the tender or supervisor as well as report on the diver's own well being. The barrage of questions from the surface however was often an irritation for the diver working in difficult conditions, often involving arduous and strenuous tasks.

Apart from equipment the diver may use during his working day there are a range of tools and items the diver's attendant or tender may use to 'dress the diver'
These will include special wrenches and spanners and tools to assist the diver donning the suit. These tools , although often overlooked are very important to the diver's equipment chest. There may also be lubricants such as olive oil, glycerin or divers chalk a very fine powder used to lubricate the divers cuffs and other India rubber parts.

As well as small items of equipment there is a large array of other equipment essential to the Diver's safety well being. This equipment may have taken years to develop and perfect. The early research work dating back to the early 19th Century was carried out in France and later in England. Primarily research was carried out on behalf of the World's Navies but much of this work has been further developed for the commercial enterprises particularly in the Petro-chemical industries.

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