General Member:  Any corporation, firm, partnership, organization, or other association that provides diving or other underwater technology services as a substantial or integral part of their business and who pledges to support the purposes of this Association and to comply with the ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations shall be eligible to be a General Member.  Each General member shall designate an individual as its voting representative.

Becoming a member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) is a significant step for any diving company, as it demonstrates a commitment to safety, professionalism, and adherence to industry standards. Here are some tips for navigating the ADCI membership application and membership audit process:

  1. Familiarize Yourself with ADCI Requirements: Before applying for membership, thoroughly review the ADCI's membership criteria, which typically include compliance with industry standards, safety protocols, and regulatory requirements. Ensure that your diving operations meet or exceed these standards.
  2. Prepare Documentation: Gather all necessary documentation to support your membership application. This may include certifications, training records, safety manuals, equipment maintenance logs, and any other relevant documentation demonstrating compliance with ADCI requirements.
  3. Demonstrate Safety Protocols: Safety is paramount in the diving industry, and ADCI places a strong emphasis on safety standards. Clearly outline your company's safety protocols, including procedures for dive planning, equipment maintenance, emergency response, and incident management. Provide evidence of routine training and certification for your diving personnel.
  4. Showcase Experience and Expertise: Demonstrate your company's experience, qualifications, and expertise in commercial diving operations in a presentation portfolio. Highlight details of past projects, certifications held by your personnel, and any specialized equipment or techniques employed in your operations. Identify sectors of industry supported, such as UWSH, construction and salvage.
  5. Prepare for the Membership Audit: If your application is successful, you may be subject to a membership audit conducted by ADCI representatives. Prepare thoroughly for this audit by ensuring that all relevant documentation is up-to-date, organized, and easily accessible. Be ready to demonstrate compliance with ADCI standards and answer any questions posed by auditors.
  6. Address Areas for Improvement: If the audit identifies areas where your company falls short of ADCI standards, take proactive steps to address these deficiencies promptly. This may involve updating procedures, providing additional training to personnel, or implementing new safety measures.
  7. Maintain Ongoing Compliance: Membership in ADCI is not a one-time achievement but an ongoing commitment to maintaining high standards of safety and professionalism in commercial diving operations. Continuously monitor and evaluate your company's practices to ensure ongoing compliance with ADCI requirements.
  8. Seek Professional Assistance if Needed: If you're unsure about any aspect of the membership application or audit process, consider seeking guidance from professionals with experience in commercial diving operations or membership compliance. They can offer valuable insights and assistance to help streamline the process and ensure successful membership attainment.
By following these tips and approaching the ADCI membership application and audit process with thorough preparation and a commitment to excellence, you can position your diving company for success within the industry.


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