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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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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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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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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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Efficiency on a Budget

New collaboration brings together high-speed ROV capability and reduced costs created in response to COVID-19 operational requirements       BY SANDY SMITH When COVID-19 hit, moving personnel and equipment was no easy task. But the important things continued. There were sites to inspect, repairs to conduct and maintenance jobs to perform. These challenging circumstances led to an initial relationship between ...

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Dive School Profile: The Ocean Corporation

Feature BYMARY LOU JAY The Ocean Corporation (TOC) in Houston was founded in 1969 and has been an innovator in diving training since that time. It was the first commercial diving school in the U.S. to introduce, into its core curriculum, training for bell diving (1972); for underwater (WET) welding and cutting (1979); and for underwater nondestructive testing (1980). Its ...

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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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Shipyards 101

This article is the first in a series commissioned by ADCI regarding shipyards and repair and maintenance BY GARY JONES Roman KutseKon/Shutterstock.com Shipyard practices have been under scrutiny for several years for numerous reasons and navigating these changes can sometimes be tricky. The reason for this is because eventually most vessels will end their life being dismantled and stripped of their ...

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Divers Needed

With construction of offshore windfarms about to surge, U.S. diving contractors are in demand BY NICK FORTUNA Yobidaba/Shutterstock.com The old maxim that elections have consequences is undeniably true, and for advocates of renewable energy such as offshore windfarms, the 2020 election easily ranks among the most important in U.S. history. Regardless of their politics, diving contractors might soon agree, given that ...

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Hyperbaric Transport

New Orleans could host the first hyperbaric ambulance concept BY KEITH VAN METER, MD., LSUHSC EMERGENCY MEDICINE SECTION HEAD, NEW ORLEANS The concept of a hyperbaric ambulance (an ambulance that could operate conventionally in transport of patient at one atmosphere to earn its keep in a fleet of regular EMS ambulances but that could switch and select in instances to hyperbaric ...

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