Author Archives: Carmen Earle

Stemming the Tide of Power-Generating Fatalities in the U.S.

ADCI and OSHA establish a Delta P Task Force     BY PHIL NEWSUM JOSEPH SOHM/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM In August of 2020, the ADCI and OSHA established a Delta P Task Force to address the 5 Delta P-related fatalities at power-generating facilities over a 25-month period. The task force will look at ways to educate facility operators of power-generating facilities that utilize ...

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In Memory of HDS Advisory Board Member Lad Handelman

In Memoriam Departed in search of deeper seas October 26, 2020 Lad Handelman Pioneering commercial mixed-gas diver, Co-Founder CAL Dive and Oceaneering International, Commercial Diving Hall of Fame Inductee, HDS USA Advisory Board member, and the “High Boat” of the Morro Bay abalone divers in his last season. Departed in search of deeper seas October 26, 2020 Lad Handelman came ...

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Diving School Profile: Great Lakes Water Studies Institute

The campus facilities include a 60,000-gallon indoor training tank and multiple laboratories where students learn core competencies.     BY NICK FORTUNA ALL PHOTOS COURTESY GREAT LAKES WATER STUDIES INSTITUTE You could call it beginner’s luck, or the natural result of pairing bright minds with new technology. But either way, when students at the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute located ...

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When Every Minute Counts

NUI’s Compact Chest Compression Device (NCCD) has life-saving applications in the commercial diving industry BY RACHEL BROWN IMAGES COURTESY OF NUI The need for a better way to perform CPR in a diving bell was presented by medical researchers during The Bergen International Diving Seminar in November 2019, where the best current practice was to use the head or knee ...

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The Last Word

The Bottom Dwellers Dive Shack is a commercial diving podcast started in 2020 by Armando Gonzalez in cooperation with John Villarreal and Alfredo Gonzalez. Armando and John are both working divers for the Port of Long Beach. Their podcast has an international reach and has featured several industry leaders and diving professionals. John Villarreal (left) and Armando Gonzalez (right), creators ...

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One-Way Valves

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. ERIK IHLENFELD/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Whether they’re on a helmet, a surface control system, or hose, they are one of the most critical components in your system. If you didn’t get a chance, take a look at an old Myth Busters episode segment on Youtube (https://youtu.be/LEY3fN4N3D8) to see just how important it is. I use this segment ...

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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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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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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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