Author Archives: Rachel Brown

Pirating Out of the Water

Copyright infringement in commercial diving poses a growing safety concern.     BY AARON LAY ISTOCK.COM/FATIDO In December 2021, ADCI issued an official advisory notice regarding a “bargain brand” TYT torch. The torch was produced in Turkey and reproduced designs owned by Broco, Inc. and Rankin Industries – without permission or proper validation. Beyond the obvious legal ramifications of manufacturing ...

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Underwater Acronyms

The prevalence of submersible vehicles creates a new language.     BY GARY JONES ISTOCK.COM/BEST DESIGNS, IMAGEFLOW/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM, RICH CAREY/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM There are many submersible vehicles being used in the underwater environment nowadays. So much so that the acronyms being used to describe them can be morphed into their own language. For instance, we have AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicle), UUVs (unmanned underwater ...

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A Diving Icon

ADCI remembers Les Gorski at a special 2022 Hall of Fame induction.   BY PHIL NEWSUM The ADCI held the 2022 Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Les Gorski, who was inducted into the 2022 Class with both Mr. Richard Radecki (d) and Mr. Bruce Banks (d), on 13 August 2022 at the History of Diving Museum, in La Islamorada, ...

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Cleaning Up

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. Right, so it’s the end of the day or the end of a project. You’re tired, ready to go home. The gear gets piled up in the back of the company truck or trailer. You desperately want a beer and to shake off the day. Once a bit of a break is over, then ...

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Barbara Treadway, ADCI Membership Director, Retired

UNDERWATER Magazine had the opportunity to speak to newly retired Barbara Treadway, who has served the association for more than 30 years. Please tell me how you became acquainted with ADCI? What was your initial role and how has that evolved? ADCI was ADC then, for there were no international members. When Ross Saxon became the Executive Director, he needed ...

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A Seabreaking Innovation

Sea Tech’s Lake Kivu Methane extraction project BY AARON LAY ISTOCK.COM/ATOSAN There’s nothing ordinary about Lake Kivu. On the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Kivu one of only three lakes in the world containing naturally occurring methane gas. And with a maximum depth of nearly 1,600 feet and a total surface area of 1,040 square ...

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A View on Faceplates

BY CHRIS GABEL, OCEAN EYE, INC. A diver’s viewport of the world, right? The faceplate is the visual part of any dive helmet that allows the diver to look out and the tender or dive supervisor to look in. Without speaking, you can see the look of anger, terror, delight or disgust. We see them typically scratched up, cracked or ...

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Profile on Palmetto Subsea Inspection, LLC

Jesse Lang and George Diaz start their own ROV training program as part of their business     BY MARY LOU JAY Jesse Lang and George Diaz, experienced military technicians and trainers, began offering remotely operated vehicle (ROV) training at a commercial diving school in South Carolina in 2016. But when the school (the International Diving Institute) closed last year, ...

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The ADCI Hall of Fame Inducts: Bruce Banks

ADCI Commercial Diving Hall Of Fame Bruce Banks is an industry icon who left us February 7, 2022. He formerly served as Chairman of the Jamestown Marine Services Group, comprising Divers Institute of Technology, Seattle, Washington; Jamestown Marine Services, Inc., Groton, Connecticut; and Jamestown Marine Offshore, Jamestown, Rhode Island. In his previous naval career as a Diving and Salvage Officer, ...

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The ADCI Hall of Fame Inducts: Les Gorski

ADCI Commercial Diving Hall Of Fame Les Gorski, a true legend of commercial diving (who left us June 2, 2021), was a remarkable man who had a gift for designing and fabricating diving apparatus. His design of the Gorski diving helmet employed many innovative design features such as interior plumbing, filtered inlet air and the stainless-steel shell. Together these features ...

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