Proceedings Winter 2013–2014
About the authors:
Mr. Dennis Fahr is a marine transportation specialist, focusing on outer
continental shelf regulations. He served in U.S. Coast Guard active duty
and reserves for more than 27 years and is a U.S. Navy‑trained diver. He
was the Coast Guard Dive Program manager from 2007 to 2010.
Mr. Phil Newsum is the Association of Diving Contractors Interna‑
tional's executive director. He worked as a mixed gas diver and supervi‑
sor, commercial diving instructor at Divers Institute of Technology in
Seattle, and serves on numerous committees and subcommittees in the
underwater industry. Mr. Newsum served in the U.S. Marine Corps
from 1981 to 1989.
Austin, D., Tyler Priest, Lauren Penney, and et al. History of the Offshore Oil and
Gas Industry in Southern Louisiana. Papers on the Evolving Offshore Industry;
Vol. 1. U.S. Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service, Gulf
of Mexico OCS Region, September 2008. Available at www.data.boem.gov/
facilitate work at depths exceeding human capability
and minimize diver risk.
The Coast Guard will continue to play an important role
in inshore and offshore commercial diving safety. Lever-
aging its industry partnerships, the service will strive to
share best industry practices through information bul-
letins and lessons learned from incident investigations.
The Coast Guard will also seek to promote a consistent
standard for commercial diving safety by working with
other federal agencies that have dive safety regulatory
Swann, C. The History of Oilfeld Diving; An Industrial Adventure. Oceanaut Press,
Santa Barbara, Calif.
In 1968, a group of dive companies formed the Association of
Diving Contractors International (ADCI), a nonproft organization
to cultivate and promote commercial diving, establish uniform
safe standards for commercial divers, and encourage industry-
wide observance of these standards. Today, ADCI membership
includes elements from the business, educational, and medical
ADCI developed its international consensus standards for
commercial diving and underwater operations to provide
industry best practices for commercial divers, tenders, supervi-
sors, and deck support personnel.
The standards apply to all types of underwater work involving
commercial diving, whether inland or ofshore, and are intended
to complement applicable government rules and regulations as
well as supplement industrial codes of safe practice for diving
and underwater operations.
ADCI holds its members accountable to self regulation through
its membership review committee. If incidents occur due to oper-
ational or equipment defciencies, the committee determines
the appropriate course of corrective action. Penalties can range
from temporary suspension to membership termination, based
upon the outcome of government agencies' investigations. In
all instances, the ADCI will conduct a formal audit to determine
if the member in question is operating in compliance with the
consensus standards and all applicable government regulations.
The Association of Diving Contractors International
A commercial diver working from a dive vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
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