Commercial & Military Hat Divers have been operating world wide for well over 200 years - far longer than recreational SCUBA has existed; and for good reason. Working Diver Training & Credential Requirements have been in place and heavily enforced since the early 1990's.
We are very proud, to have been a part of that tradition and its history since 1983.
Mil-Vet Professional Divers: Is currently the only state registered & credentialed - Top-side and Underwater services provider based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Like our Military Counterparts; Deployable by land, air and sea in less than 20 minutes to any disaster or work site; state or world wide.
For decades the local and surrounding businesses of the Upper Peninsula have unknowingly been subject to misrepresented services provided by the local Menominee Dive Shop.; services the shop owner has known cannot be offered or insured with recreational diving credentials. Since our arrival in 2014 all references to their "Commercial Services" have been removed from their website, yet they continue to operate in the capacity of a "Commercial Diving Company" in violation of 29 CFR. in both Michigan & Wisconsin. Why is it important for us to post this information? The answer is simple, when an accident occurs; the hiring agency will be forced to bare the liability - as Michigan residents and representatives of the Commercial Diving community we cannot allow this deception to continue.
M.V.P.D., provides Military, ADCI & IMCA certified commercial diving services, these certifications protect not only our divers, but the clients we serve nationwide. We serve community, state and federal interests, and underwater projects by maintaining U.S. Government required certifications; certifications a recreational dive shop cannot provide a business client, and required by law.
Commercial Diving is classified by the U.S. Department of Labor as an "Industrial Trade" and is deadly enough to trained specialists; without allowing SCUBA folk looking to make a name for themselves on an industrial worksite; which includes: Dock Walls, Shipyards, Water Treatment Services, Dams, Bridges, or Hydro Electric providers . any "work or salvage - inland or offshore.
Recreational Divers are "banned" from performing any activity deemed "work", in all U.S. waters by D.O.L., U.S.C.G. & O.S.H.A. directives (in every state except Wisconsin apparently). "Personal skill" and "business-references" are no excuse or exception to industry defined rules; for the diver or their client. The company that hires them however, is always held responsible when an accident or fatality occurs, availability and cost are not a legal defence.
Based on Government approved and taxpayer funded research; these industry methods and safe practice U.S. Commercial Diving & Military regulations continue to surpass any offered by the recreational SCUBA community. In the last decade; for this very reason, even military diving units have begun to transition back to traditional Hat Diving; restricting the use of SCUBA equipment to emergency need and combat required missions.
U.S. businesses (and taxpayers) pay millions annually in medical expenses & damages to recreational divers (or families) who "knowingly" had no authority to perform Commercially Defined work under water.
Yet sadly every year, more than 90 men & women tragically and needlessly lose their lives or suffer permanent injuries in the US alone; most paid with their lives attempting to "side-step" government training requirements.
Recreational Divers; each who were taught & told repeatedly by both PADI & NAUI certifying agencies that Recreational Dive Cards "do not meet " the minimum industrial training requirements under 29 or 46 CFR; and "not qualified " to perform services deemed "work" by the USDOL ( Dept. of Labor). Our link page has a downloadable copy of this letter.
Don't become the next "victim".
Our Mission is to ensure our clients are protected by our compliance with these requirements.
Make the Right Choice - Call us for an estimate & site evaluation. What you save will far outweigh the cost of our services.
Your business and your team; deserve the best legal, affordable underwater & topside support team available and
Mil-Vet Pro Divers
is that team.
Based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in the Township of Cedar River - Stephenson, MI;
M.V.P.D. is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business,
The only one if its kind within a 260 mile radius of Menominee County, MI
We are "reinvesting" in our community by investing in the U.S. Veterans that have and continue to serve it.
We are listed as Service Providers: Underwater Contractors, Marine Salvage, & Specialty Trade Contractors with 25 of our Nation's "Top Government Vendors" which include Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics & Flour .
Our "Talent Pool" contains craftsmen & women from nearly every industrial, commercial & residential craft trade If it involves topside, waterfront, or in-water services, we have done it. From municipal water towers & clear wells to construction, services on our nation's Naval Fleet, harbors and oil fields. We are there, still serving our country's most valuable asset- its people.
Our Teams; live & breathe -
"Service above Oneself", it is all a veteran knows. Each, are trained to current U.S. Government requirements in underwater specialties and dive medicine appropriate to their position. All, the most safety conscious men & women with respect to the risk they accept.
We maintain the highest professional and government required standards; in both our team and equipment;
We guarantee; rapid response, quality service and a safely executed project.
All costs are detailed to client specific need & requirements.
"The Divers Association" members and Dive teams world wide proudly offer information and answers to questions on their site.
UNDERWATER SPECIALTY TRADE CONTRACTORS, MARINE SALVAGE & SHIP SERVICES
US NAVY Equivilent
Minimum Standard 6-Man Teams
1. Non Diving Supervisor
1. Audio / Video - Air Mixed Gas Operator
1. Primary Working Diver/Welder/Burner
1. Standby Working Diver/Welder/Burner
1. Tender - Primary Diver
1. Tender - Standby Diver
Mobile Dive Station, Hats, and Required PPE
Include But Not Limited To:
DIVE SAFETY PLAN
MIL-VET PROFESSIONAL DIVERS USES ONLY CURRENT US NAVY DIVE MANUALS & TABLES ON ALL OF ITS PROJECTS & MAINTAINS "ON SITE" AN EM-385-1-1 SITE SAFETY PLAN. THIS PLAN IS REQUIRED ON ANY PROJECT WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY, SUPERVISION OR OVERSIGHT.
ALL WORKING DIVERS ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN AND POSSES CURRENT DIVE PHYSICALS AND FIRST AID TRAINING REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THIS PLAN.
GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZED CREDENTIALS & equipment.
Our Training Requires: 740 HOURS, hands on training and 18 Years old at minimum.
Each diver carries them.
Is trained to U.S. Government requirements on U.S. Navy Tables and the use of Surface Supplied Air Systems; Clients using a Government required "Earned Value Management System" require contractor compliance.
* Our Competition - Recreational (TRAINING REQUIRED 40 HOURS /ONLINE 10 YRS OLD MIN) . A Child can receive a Master Scuba rating!
We know, work and live by the letter of the law- not interpretations of it.
** We and our competition - are based in the U.P.; yet they advertise no commercial services here - ask yourself; Why?
Our Divers relocated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in 2014 to bring previously unavailable, affordable, government compliant Commercial Diving Services to Northern Michigan & North West Wisconsin.industry & agencies. We dive 365 days a year regardless of sea state or weather conditions, & we are here to stay.
***Our competition - has had 27 years to undergo commercial certification -yet has not and claims to have Commercial DIving Status - yet cannot produce it.- again, ask yourself; Why?
Is just a -
RECREATIONAL DIVE SHOP based in Menominee, MI - trained to teach sport diving to residents and tourists only.
So one last time ask yourself; WHY?
Our Value, Integrity & Commitment cannot be matched by any recreational dive team world wide.
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We are on call 24/7, 365 days a year; in the event of any Marine Emergency, Marine Salvage or Disaster Response Request. Regardless of Weather Conditions or Sea State.