By Bryan Nicholls
Happy New Year! Welcome to the winter 2019 edition of Underwater Magazine!
Regardless of what traditions you hold dear or where you call home, I sincerely hope that the holiday season was a pleasant one for you all.
The New Year is a unique time for many of us as it symbolically represents a “fresh start.” It is a time that provides new strength and energy; our personal and professional goals seem to come back into focus and our hopes of prosperity and good health are reinvigorated. It is also a time for reflection, as we contemplate the previous year and assess our successes and failures, wins and losses, and ponder our opportunities for improvement.
When I apply this concept to the previous year and the 50th anniversary of the ADCI, I am quite proud of what our Association has accomplished in the past 12 months.
Some highlights from 2018 include IMCA’s formal recognition of the ADCI’s Surface Supplied Air and Surface Supplied Mixed Gas Diver certifications (with a specific International Endorsement), the start of 3rd party “top up” assessment programs to support these endorsements, and the finishing touches on revision 6.3 of our Consensus Standards are underway. Membership has increased, and the Association is in a healthy place regarding its position within the international commercial diving community.
The ADCI’s new Content Committee hit the ground running and has contributed new and meaningful content to both Underwater Magazine and Underwater Intervention. That said, we are always looking for new ideas and content, and we encourage you, the membership, to submit ideas on what you want to see.
This issue of Underwater Magazine contains several great articles regarding counterfeit diving helmets, an ROV feature and pictorial, early oilfield diving in the GoM, The Last Word (featuring Hans VanSumeren, Director of the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute), a preview of BP’s panel discussion at Underwater Intervention and more.
Speaking of Underwater Intervention, the ADCI and the ROV Committee of the Marine Technology Society will host the 28th year of our conference, which will be held on February 5th-7th at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. This show attracts industry stakeholders from all over the world who attend to share ideas and gather information related to underwater operations. Registration is open now, and I encourage you to visit the show’s new and improved website at www.underwaterintervention.com for more details. See you there!
Finally, as my second term as ADCI President comes to an end, I would like to thank our membership, the board of directors, Phil Newsum, the ADCI staff, and all of those with whom I have worked with this past year for allowing me to serve our association in this capacity. It has truly been one of the highlights of my commercial diving career.
As the ADCI enters its 51st year, I am certain that 2019 will be another exciting and eventful year for our association and its membership. With that, I wish you success, good health, and incident free operations.
Until next time, dive safely and Happy New Year!