By Bryan Nicholls
Welcome to the September/October edition of UNDERWATER Magazine.
It has been a busy summer for our association, and I hope that the same can be said for both you and your respective operations.
In June, the Board of Directors held their first formal meetings since Underwater Intervention. As one would expect, there is never a lack of matters to address, and there were several action items for the board to handle prior to the next board meetings later this year.
This fall promises to be even busier, and there will be no shortage of opportunities to get involved in your association during the month of October. The next Board of Director’s meeting(s) will be held in Philadelphia on October 3-4, followed by the East Coast and Midwest Chapter meeting on October 5. Special thanks to the East Coast and Midwest Chapters for hosting, and to Don Wilkens and Don Dryden for making the arrangements. For those of you feeling adventurous and wish to continue your ADCI odyssey, the Latin American/Caribbean Chapter will be hosting their meetings in Cartagena, Colombia, on October 16-18, where the ADCI and American Salvage Association will also be holding a salvage workshop on the 17th. If that were not enough, the West Coast Chapter will be holding a meeting in conjunction with the Historical Diving Society’s annual conference on October 18-20 in Astoria, Oregon.
Regarding the Historical Diving Society, I have had the pleasure of attending several HDS events through my involvement with the ADCI over the past few years, and I have always found them to be worth the trip. For information regarding this event, including location, cost and accommodation information, visit the HDS website at www.hds.org and click the “Events” tab for more details.
On either side of the October meetings, our friends in the US Gulf of Mexico Diving Safety Workgroup (DSWG) will be holding general member meetings in September in Houston, and in November in New Orleans. For those of you that are not familiar with the DSWG, I would encourage you to visit their website as well. Many of your ADCI brethren, as well as diving physicians, oil and gas operators, and other industry stakeholders are working diligently in several areas related to, and often in conjunction with, the mission of the ADCI. These meetings are held every other month, and there is no cost to join. For more information, please visit www.usgomdswg.com.
The ADCI is also gearing up for UI 2020. Planning is well underway for what is expected to be another successful show. The conference is scheduled for February 4-6 in New Orleans, and a preview of the event can be found in this issue of UNDERWATER Magazine. While you are flipping pages, check out the feature on “Avoiding Hazards in Commercial Diving,” which comes courtesy of the Divers Association International.
In other news, and in the event that you have not already heard, ADCI and IMCA have recently formalized a Memorandum of Understanding between our associations; further bolstering a partnership that has been a long time in the making, and promises to unify many of our respective association’s endeavors regarding diver safety. To read more, please refer to the July 10th news bulletin from IMCA’s publication, Making Waves, which can be found on the ADCI’s website, under the “Resources” tab.
And as always, if you want to know more about your Association’s recent activities, I invite you to read the monthly feature titled, “What Your Board is Doing for You,” at the front of this magazine.
Finally, I wish to provide a couple of reminders.
First, the ADCI is accepting nominations for its Hall of Fame inductees and annual scholarships.
Also, by the time you read this, the Association’s audit initiative will be in its final six months. To clarify, this audit only applies to the general member companies and schools that joined the ADCI prior to 2006 but have yet to undergo a formal third-party ADCI audit.
Carried out properly, audits can provide additional legitimization to an organization, and often a learning experience that improves the safety of a company’s operations. I believe this is being achieved in both function and spirit, and I would encourage those companies that have been hesitant to schedule an audit to do so before it is too late. I also recommend talking with the other member companies within your area or chapter, as scheduling audits in succession may reduce the cost of these audits individually.
As I have said before; ensuring that all of our Association’s members are equally held to our Consensus Standards not only strengthens our association and its mission, but provides additional legitimization as a world-class trade association focused on the safety of its members and stakeholders.
Until next time, dive safely!