During initial contact and during a scheduled site visit, an initial assessment is made to establish equipment need & placement arrangements to ensure our operations do not interfere with or prevent necessary daily operations of the client
We identify and access any and all possible risk prior to contract writing or water entry.
Mil-Vet Pro Divers utilizes underwater video ROV to document and identify all possible "unknowns" that must be dealt with as part of the service contract. We plan first the required and necessary work and then work the accepted plan once approved.
Once on site, we deliver exactly as promised with military precision. Our competitors cannot begin to come close. No change of scope occurs without client approval & authorization. Change orders are often necessary to effectively meet the clients exact need but are never initiated without signature.
Mil-Vet Professional Divers teams are classified as underwater specialty trade contractors; required to document and maintain detailed and accurate site reports for each client and each project we perform for that client. These documents are in both written and video formats, providing a sustainable record for any possible audit or inspection. Video is never edited it is a real time legal document of the clients project. Dock, Dam & Ship Services video may be edited on request but both realtime and edited versions are submitted to our clients.
This is extremely valuable to our clients who provide services to Government agencies and International Clients or parent agencies.
Association of DIving Contractors International without research to support it recommends a minimum 3-man team. This team must have Commercial Diving Certifications and utilize only Surface Supplied air and or mixed gas systems. This has allowed stake holding companies (ADCI Members) to drive down rates to increase profit which in turn reduces safety. However; all U.S. Government Diving agencies demand no less than 5 and prefer 6 on all USACE (Army Corps of Engineers, and USCG (Coast Guard) projects and specify the use of Surface Supplied Air/Mixed Gas Systems (SSA/MG). No government agency (with the exception of NOAA - Scientific Diving activity) allows the use of recreational diving equipment or personnel on their projects and explicitly prohibits recreational divers from performing work. Therefore all state OSHA offices are required by federal statute to enforce these policies. Unfortunately due to lack of experience, many OSHA investigators cannot or do not enforce their own regulations as written. Recently one investigator has defended a recreational divers right to represent themselves as a commercial agency in their state despite objections of the OSHA office in the Divers home state. Investigators are tasked with enforcing the rules unilaterally they do not have the authority to "Interpret the rules" that they are required to enforce.
Q: "Can any recreational Diving Shop or the Master SCUBA Diver that runs it work for pay with PADI or NAUI SCUBA Card?"
A: No!, 29 & 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) forbid it; unless he or she is instructing students or leading a guided dive or in rare cases employed as a scientific (not a working diver - there is a legal difference).
This was validated in a letter from the DIrector of PADI to the Director of the ADCI in 2010, who Stated that;
"As a recreational training organization, PADI courses and programs prepare people for leisure diving. Upper level programs such as PADI Divemaster and PADI Instructor prepare divers to train and supervise recreational divers. PADI courses (at any level) are not intended, nor designed to prepare people for commercial diving activities. They do not suffice to meet 29 and 46 CFR regulations directed to the conduct of Commercial Diving Operations.
Recreational diving certification from PADI alone should not be considered adequate training in bidding for underwater work of the nature described by your standards of operation..... " Drew Richardson - President & Chief Executive Officer of PADI World Wide"
Emphasis on WORLD WIDE - PADI Directives bar using SCUBA Credentials as equal to Commercial training regardless of rank in the organization any where in the world. If PADI agrees OSHA (in every state) should use this to enforce their own written regulations.
Q: What is the difference in training?"
A: Recreational DIvers can "Train" online. their cheapest open water basic course is about $100.00 USD with a dive or two in a local pool and just 1 dive to 100' and your done!
Commercial Divers however must be physically present for a minimum of 740 hours and train to US Navy Dive Tables and industry principles they are required to pass pre entry and annual post education physicals and maintain Government required and industry inspected logs.Some Commercial Companies require mental evals. These dedicated men and women spend nearly $25000.00 in basic education and equipment and nearly $!,000,000.00 over a career life time in continuing education and annual equipment upgrades.
In short PADI or NAUI recreational cards are just what they say. Recreational use only- no PADI or NAUI training can prepare any recreational diver for a Commercial Diving environment and many die trying to disprove this fact.