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The International
Diving Schools Association



The Association was formed in 1982 as the result of a meeting between Schools attending the American Diving Contractors Conference in New Orleans.  The aims of the Association were then, and are now, to:-

         gelbase_bullet2   Develop common international standards of diving training.

         gelbase_bullet2   Provide an effective means of communication between schools.

         gelbase_bullet2   Work towards improved standards of safety and quality.

         gelbase_bullet2   Improve the overall quality of commercial diving education.

         gelbase_bullet2   Provide a common and collective voice to government industrial agencies on any matter affecting members.

         gelbase_bullet2   Co-operate on matters which may improve placement opportunities for graduates from member schools.

         gelbase_bullet2   Promote any activity, idea or subject which may improve the international operations of the Association.

Slowly, since that time, the Association has grown and matured - as has the Diving Industry - and now the membership comprises Military, State Owned, and Private Schools, which generally exist separately but can, in some Countries, be found in combination.

It is on the exceptional spread of experience, going back over many years, that the work of the Association is based.


It should be noted that the aim has been to create International Diving Standards which provide a yardstick against which those responsible for National Standards - Governments Institutions, Clients, Diving Contractors and Divers themselves - can equate their own standards and, in those countries where National Standards do not exist, they can be used as a guide  The aim is NOT to:

         gelbase_bullet2   Conflict with National Diving Standards.
         gelbase_bullet2   Conflict with National Legislation.

It is expected that these International Standards will contribute to:-

         gelbase_bullet2   Equating Standards across the World.
         gelbase_bullet2   Providing guidance to organisations setting diving standards for the first time.
         gelbase_bullet2   Improving safety.
         gelbase_bullet2   Providing Contractors with a direct input to the Diver Training Syllabus.
         gelbase_bullet2   Enabling Contractors to bid across National Borders on a more even Playing field.
         gelbase_bullet2   Improving the quality of Diver education.
         gelbase_bullet2   Providing Divers with greater Job Opportunities.

Apart from the more traditional diving activities in the Offshore Industry, Industrial Working Divers now take part in a wide variety of activities, such as:-

Archaeological Investigation
Bridge Structure Inspection
Demolition and Salvage
Fish Farming
Maintenance of renewable energy sites
Nuclear Power Plant Maintenance
Professional Recreational Services

Remedial work in Lakes, Reservoirs Canals etc
Repair and Construction
Rescue Services
Scientific data collection and observation
Search, Recovery and Survey
Television and film making
Underwater Civil Engineering

Information concerning the Associations Operational and Administrative Procedures may be found in the Publications Section.


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