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What is ADCI? Diving Associations Every Diver Should Follow

To become a top-tier certified diver, you first need to seek out an organization that can provide you with the right resources. With so many options around the globe, it can be difficult to know which association to focus your efforts on. Each association offers its own benefits while upholding a unique mission within the diving community. The U.S.-based Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), for example, is one of the major diving organizations in the world, promoting safety and proper training, as well as fostering communication within the underwater industry. Many diving institutions around the world use the ADCI standard dive physical to assess prospective student’s capabilities. 

So, if you are considering a career within this rewarding field, learn more about ADCI and how diving organizations can help you.

About ADCI

Formed in 1968, the Association of Diving Contractors International was founded to establish and promote industry-wide standards for safe commercial diving. Today, the ADCI encompasses over 600 member companies and vendors in over 40 nations worldwide. Along with a focus on safe practices and open communication, the organization promotes diversity of experts from across the business, medical, and educational communities within the industry.

Why You Should Care About ADCI

ADCI diving standards are recognized internationally. Specifically, the organization developed the International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations. These ADCI diving standards provide guidance for practices that contribute to the safety and well-being of all those working in the commercial diving industry. Additionally, these standards apply to all types of underwater work, including inland or offshore commercial diving.

It is important to note that these standards act as a complement to government rules and regulations as well as supplement industrial codes of safe practice for diving and underwater operations. Thus, they do not replace or supersede any rules set in place by the government but provide a consensus of industry best practices for underwater diving operations.

ADCI Membership

Recognized as one of the most important voices within the industry, ADCI works to continuously improve the diving community. By providing members with reliable resources and important benefits such as certifications, ADCI ensures that members stay abreast of timely information and crucial training. 

Other membership benefits include the following. 

  • Understand new safety and compliance issues with ADCI Consensus Standards. Cited by OSHA, the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as the authority on best practices.
  • Control spending without sacrificing education or networking. Members receive discounts on registration and exhibition space at Underwater Intervention®.
  • Free industry promotion. Members receive a complimentary company listing in the ADCI annual directory and the online UnderWater Buyer’s Guide: Member Diving Contractor Locator. This increases exposure to your target market.
  • Eligibility to receive ADCI certification. Recognized by the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, U.S. regulatory offices, and major oil companies, this is a mark of excellence within the industry.
  • Reduce liability. Members benefit from attractively-priced workers’ compensation packages. 
  • Access to top industry influencer information. Receive information from individuals dedicated to the safety and promotion of commercial divers through the Underwater Intervention LinkedIn Group.

Other Global Diving Associations to Consider

As mentioned, there are many important organizations and associations that deserve recognition. While the emphasis within the U.S. is to be placed on ADCI and the resources it provides, understanding the entire landscape of this industry will ensure that you have well-rounded tools at your disposal. Additionally, you should review a few other important associations. 

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is an international trade organization representing offshore, marine, and underwater engineering companies. The diving operations of IMCA pertain to offshore gas and oil operations. Divers work primarily in underwater construction and inspection, survey and repair of installations in both shallow and deep offshore waters. However, in nations with no national regulations of offshore industries, registration with the IMCA is ideal for maintaining proper commercial conduct.

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations tasked with ensuring the safety of shipping vessels and the prevention of marine pollution. IMO divers fulfill scientific duties, such as research and emergency response to environmental disasters. While this specialized UN agency isn’t affiliated with any commercial diving certification, the IMO is an ideal employer for experienced divers with scientific backgrounds.

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) 

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is an international non-profit organization serving members from more than 35 countries. Formed in 1967, UHMS is the primary source of scientific information for diving and hyperbaric medicine physiology worldwide. It serves around 2,000 physicians, scientists, associates, and nurses from more than 50 countries in the fields of hyperbaric and dive medicine. It organizes an annual scientific meeting at different U.S. and international locations. At these meetings, we review the latest in research and treatment and to promote the highest standards of practice.

DIT & You: Choosing the Right Diving School 

ADCI provides necessary resources for commercial divers and has set a standard for the diving industry that ensures dive safety and open communication and collaboration. At DIT, the standards of ADCI shape much of what we do in training. We provide our students with the knowledge and skills required to be successful as an entry-level commercial diver. Our graduates are well-positioned to enter the workforce with the right education, industry connections, and real-world experience necessary to succeed. Learn more today! You can also fill out an application here. 

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