About ADCI

The Association of Diving Contractors International was founded in 1968 by a small group of diving companies.  Their goal was to create a non-profit organization that would cultivate and promote commerical diving, establish uniform safe standards for commerical divers, and encourage industry-wide observance of these standards.

Since that time, the organization has grown to over 600 General Member Companies, Associate Member Schools and vendors; as well as cultivating a wide supporting and individual membership, in over 40 countries throughout the world. The Association’s mission of Safety, Education and Communication for all Underwater Operations world-wide is based upon the ADCI International Consensus Standards for Commerical Diving and Underwater Operations.  The International Consensus Standards are a living document, continuously being updated to reflect safe application of current best industry practices.  The ADCI International Consensus Standards are also recommended for use by non-member companies as guidance for conducting underwater operations.

The strength of the ADCI is not the numbers reflected in its large membership, but the diversity and expertise within its membership.  Encompassing the offshore and inland sectors of diving, both domestically and internationally the Association of Diving Contractors International is comprised of segments from the business, educational, and medical communities.

From its beginning the ADCI has cooperated and participated with State and Federal regulatory agencies.  Ever broadening its horizons; the Association works closely with all stakeholders (Federal and State Regulatory agencies, flag and foreign nations, industry operators, and municipalities) to develop standards which are consistent and attainable, while meeting the highest standards of safety for underwater operations.
The ADCI Mission

  • To promote the highest level of safety in the practice of commercial diving and underwater operations.
  • To promote proper and adequate training and education for industry personnel.
  • To foster open communication within the Underwater Industry.
  • To hold all members accountable in adherence to the ADCI International Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations.