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90-Day Public Review Announcement

The draft of the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations, 6th Ed., is still available for public review. The 6th Edition Draft, Introduction to the 6th Edition Draft, and Gap Analysis between the 5th and 6th Editions can be accessed and downloaded from the UnderWater magazine website, The review process is open to all industry stakeholders. 

The official dates of the review period are 25 September - 25 December 2010.

The Association would like to thank everyone who has taken the opportunity to submit comments.

Introduction to 6th Edition

Click here to provide comments on the Consensus Standards.

Ben Miller – acknowledging Ben Miller’s significant contributions to the commercial diving industry, specifically as a world-renowned helmet, mask, harness, and weight belt manufacturer.

Tom Angel – significant contributions to the commercial diving industry, specifically as one of the founding members of the Association of Diving Contractors and being instrumental in the introduction of saturation diving to the Gulf of Mexico. Participation in "Project 600" demonstrated the practicality of saturation diving as it applies to the oil field, as well as setting a world record for open sea diving at the time.

Joe Sanford – acknowledging the groundbreaking formation of the first Gulf Coast Diving Contractor that carried insurance, Sanford Brothers Diving, as well as the formation of Morgan City Rentals.


UnderWater magazine is seeking feature stories and photography covering subjects of broad significance to the commercial diving industry. Possible article topics include, but are not limited to: safety, new techniques, new equipment, equipment reviews, recent projects, etc. Special attention will be given to articles highlighting safety; however, all topics of general interest to diving contractors will be considered. Photography accompanying your story is welcome and encouraged.

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Please understand that the editorial plan set forth by the editorial board determines the availability of space for articles. If you would like to submit stories or photography for consideration in UnderWater, please contact Sean Garrity at or (800) 369-6220, ext. 3442.

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Many of you in the commercial diving industry are aware of the significant early contributions of the late Dan Wilson to our industry.

Wilson is credited with introducing deep mixed gas diving to the civilian commercial diving industry with a demonstration dive off Santa Barbara in November of 1962.  Wilson went on to form General Offshore Divers here in Santa Barbara and later started Subsea International in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dan's dive was a catalyst for the expansion and development of commercial diving and equipment into the industry we know today. I am writing to ask for the support and help of our industry to preserve a piece of our own heritage.

One of Dan's early developments was the world's first commercial lockout diving bell the Purisima.   Purisima was originally launched in Santa Barbara in 1964 and ultimately was shelved with the rapid evolvement of diving technology at the time.

Prior to Wilson's death in 2007, Dan had reacquired the bell from my former boss at IUC, the late Andre Galerne, whom we lost in 2008.  Andre had purchased Purisima for its historical significance.  Dan had kept the Purisima in an indoor boat storage facility for a number of years in Florida. Purisima still sits there today, along with an outstanding storage bill.

I have maintained contact with Wilson's son, Dan, who lives in Montana.  This past October, Dan and I met — along with Lad Handelman, Bob Kirby, Bev Morgan, diving historian Chris Swann, Bob Christensen, Bob Ratcliffe and Greg Gorga, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. 

A result of that meeting was an overwhelming desire to see Purisima restored and returned to Santa Barbara at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for a key exhibit.  The museum is located mere yards from where the bell was launched over 45 years ago. 

We are trying to raise a minimum of $10,000.00 to pay the storage and mobilization of Purisima to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.  Funds raised beyond that will be used to  help sandblast, paint and prepare an interactive exhibit for the bell.

It was decided to ask for the support of our industry as a whole, given the significance of Dan Wilson's life-long work.  The Museum is excited about creating a special display with Purisima to supplement existing diving and early offshore oil industry exhibits.

All of us were excited about the possibility of ADCI membership sponsoring this unique display that will honor our industry and a man who dared to "think outside of the box."  Additionally, the display will be a significant representation of ADCI and commercial diving for tourists and visitors at museum.

I would like to ask for your company's financial support in this regard and to contact me directly if you can help.  The funds can be made payable to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum Purisima Project.  They will be held in an account until we reach our goal.  The museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

If you can help, financially or otherwise, please contact me at: or via cell phone at 805-708-0621.

Thanks in advance for your support and consideration in this all-volunteer effort!

Don Barthelmess
Santa Barbara City College
Marine Diving Technology Department

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Naylor, LLC
Association of Diving Contractors International
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Houston, TX 77069
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