Author Archives: Carmen Earle

Piracy and Shipyard News: COVID-19 on the Water

BY GARY JONES ISTOCK.COM/THITIVONG COVID-19 has affected the world in many ways. Health and wealth have been at the forefront of the news and have been the subject of politics internationally. As the global economy works its way through the mutating of SARS-CoV-2, (now the most infectious variant in the form of Delta) we will look at how it has affected ...

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Dive School Profile: Commercial Diving Technologies Institute

BY MARY LOU JAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF COMMERCIAL DIVING TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE After decades of offshore commercial diving and supervisory experience, Ken Shelley and Sid Preskitt felt there was something missing in diving training programs. “The entry level people coming out of the schools didn’t have the level of working knowledge that we thought they should,” said Preskitt. They started Commercial Diving ...

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Dive School Profile: Santa Barbara City College Marine Diving Technology Program

BY MARY LOU JAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE In 1968, Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) pioneered formalized diver and technician education with a curriculum that enabled students to earn an associates of science degree while completing a certified diver training program. There were several reasons the school took this step, according to Geoff Thielst, chair and program director ...

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The Last Word: Tony Alleman, MD, MPH, Medical Director

UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak Tony Alleman, MD, MPH, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Regional One Health How did you become familiar with hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the commercial diving industry? What is your background? I started out in family practice and after a handful of years, moved to occupational medicine. I attended Duke for two years and ...

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Are You Ready for an Audit?

ADCI Executive Director Phil Newsum offers tips and advice to better prepare for an ADCI audit.   ISTOCK.COM/OLEMEDIA ADCI resumed its Audit Initiative on July 1 for companies and schools that have not previously submitted to the ADCI Audit. All companies and schools that have not gone through an ADCI audit will have until June 2022 to complete the process ...

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A Message From The Executive Director

PHIL NEWSUM I hope you enjoy this edition of Underwater. The ADCI is involved in an initiative to address the five differential pressure-related fatalities that have occurred in the inland sector over the past 25 months. At the request of the Department of Labor (OSHA), a task force consisting of the ADCI, OSHA, contractors, the USACE, sonar SMEs, facility operators ...

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Underwater Tech: Controlling Ups and Downs

Underwater Buoyancy Technology enables more efficient dive operations     BY RICHARD FRYBURG PHOTOS COURTESY OF SUBSALVE Working underwater has always presented challenges including diver safety, site conditions and possible damage of equipment/other assets. When moving objects under water precise real time information on the location, depth, and underwater weight of the object is critical but not always available. Past operations ...

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Clean As A Whistle

Shipping industry takes new step to protect marine environments     BY RASMUS NORD JØRGENSEN A_LESIK/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Cleaning a ship’s submerged parts from barnacles and other growths, while the ship is in the water, can transfer invasive species to local marine environments unless it is properly cleaned and the debris is captured. To combat this problem, and to provide clarity and quality ...

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Dive School Profile: Divers Institute of Technology

BY MARY LOU JAY Founded in 1968, Divers Institute of Technology (DIT) welcomes students from many different parts of the country and occasionally from other parts of the world. Veterans, who make up about half of its students, feel particularly at home there, and for good reason. John Manlove, who co-founded the school along with Leiter Hockett, was a 20-year Navy ...

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The Last Word: Richard Johnston, The Ocean Corp.

UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak with Richard Johnston of The Ocean Corp. What your responsibilities are at your current job? What about your background? I currently do marketing for The Ocean Corp. as well as serve as an instructor. I also develop and expand programs such as the diver first responder and underwater welding certifications. How have you ...

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