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USCG, Industry Rules & Requirements - Skill vs. Credential, What a client has the right to know

Commercial Requirements

Who writes & enforces the rules we are required to follow?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-listed in the download section below, publishes the Government's "minimum requirement" to obtain Commercial Diving Certification i.e. -enforceable under Federal Law.  However just having the certification does not "Qualify" every Diver to perform every service needed. Years of documented  service and hands on trainingare also an important requirement to be recognized as a special ist in this industry.

 The Department of Defense (D.O.D.) funds the Naval Experimental Diving Unit (N.E.D.U.) which conducts and publishes the latest and most accurately, safe Diving knowledge available to the military and the commercial diving community - world wide.

 The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), & the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (O.S.H.A.), are tasked with enforcing these requirements to the letter.  

The United States Navy (USN) has provided research, skill set training and safety protocols that allows each agency to enforce Commercial Diving policy (LAW) equally.

 Each paragraph contains an informative link. Answers to questions by industry leaders and members who have seen it first hand.

Please Be Aware! OSHA Standards are vaguely written and very confusing but are not up for interpretation. 

Not all "Diving Companies" want you to read or see the links we present here, especially those run by recreational divers who refuse to comply with Government and their own credentialing agencies standards. 

There are many fields, the link below,will take you to a page that describes in detail a few recognized classifications. Also the training requirements for each. 

These men and women are credentialed to perform work for pay, they are in no way associated with the recreational diving community though all Commercial Divers are required to obtain at minimum a basic open water certification before receiving their commercial cards.

What is a Commercial Diver?

The Use of SCUBA in Commercial Diving, why it was Banned

Fact before fiction, while it takes approximately 15 minutes to change out a SCUBA bottle  only good for 10-20 minutes (2 hours of every 8 wasted), 1 - Surface Supplied Air (S.S.A.) Diver is still in the water saving you money. 

If your company uses an EVM system, you are throwing profit to the wind.

Currently across the United States, over 90 recreational divers each year die attempting to covertly and even openly circumvent Government established Commercial Diving Regulations & training requirements. P.A.D.I. - the Professional Association of Diving Instructors on 10 July 2013 released a letter stating that NO RECREATIONAL DIVER, in possession of a recreational Certification is qualified to do work underwater without first obtaining the required Commercial Training Certificate required under federal Diving Regulations. No one should be placed in a position that could possibly devastate a business, yet many businesses take this risk and often lose everything. 

The Divers Association is made up of Credentialed Divers from the various fields. Many publish industry related articles like the one at this link.

US Army Corps of Engineers

 For waterfront Property owners and businesses involved in waterfront operations (inland).

USACE Diving Regulations 


United States Coast Guard Commercial Diving Rules

Every Government agency has it's own specific rules - when the project changes so change the rules and we are bound to them. (Open water - Lakes, Rivers, Gulf's and Oceans)

USCG Diving Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Reg.'s are 90% of our business, knowing when and where they change is just as important to a diver as knowing how and when to breathe especially in regard to USACE Diving and USCG Diving operations. I hope that these industry & public links provide valuable information that those who visit choose to use, rather than have forced on them by a government inspector or Diving Superintendent.Our job is to inform the public before a fatality occurs.

Commercial vs. Recreational


These are simple Rules that govern the commercial diving industry. They do not include, authorize or protect recreationally carded divers (or their clients) from legal actions in the event of an accident or fatality. These guides are "knowledge" for the protection of the public and businesses we serve. We are available for free consultations. Advice in advance is free, after the fact is always too late. We guarantee the safest most cost effective teams and equipment in use . 

Cost Effective :

Commercial Divers utilize U.S. Navy Dive Tables (by requirement) which provide a client the maximum working time for each diver. 

Recreational Tables provide 1/3 less dive time which equals 15 minutes of each hour wasted, not including changing out expelled bottles. (If it were even legal)

Dollar for dollar it pays to do it right, & legal; call professionals and get your money's worth.

Mil-Vet Professional Divers 2015© Why We Exist


Every year nearly 90 men & women tragically and needlessly lose their lives in our industry in the US alone. Worldwide numbers surpass over 500.  Well over 40% of these are  Recreational SCUBA Divers; who are told repeatedly by their  PADI  & NAUI instructors that their Dive Cards do not meet even the minimum  requirements under 29 or 46 CFR; i.e, they are not authorized to perform any work outside the instruction of residents or tourists. This is not opinion but PADI documented fact. Still it continues; costing U.S. businesses (and taxpayers) millions in  damages paid to recreational divers (or their families) who "knowingly" had no authority to be on site or in the water in the first place.

Often costing companies large & small the ability to recover.

We exist - to end the confusion, misrepresentations, & deceptive business practices of unqualified, unethical recreational SCUBA shops in our state and region.

We exist - to protect the assets, employees & businesses that rely on and require our skills, certifications and expertise.

We exist - due to Government requirements in place that require all divers performing work for pay be Commercially (not Recreationally ) certified. 


PADI vs Commercial Credentials is an Open Letter from the President and World Wide Chief Executive Director to the current ADCI director written in 2010.

If you have been approached or contacted by any Recreational Shop from Michigan or any other State read this before you sign an unenforceable contract. 

We have also provided our Capabilities Statement  & informative documentation for preview or download  in an attempt to relay advice (which is always free) or council as an expert on related subject matter..