Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

Air Diver


Credential: Air Diver
Credentialing Agency: Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Association of Diving Contractors Internationsl (ACDI), Air Diver, also called the Surface-Supplied Air Diver, certification is recommended for newer intermediate-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver certification prior to pursuing the Air Diver credential. In addition to the expectations of Entry Level Divers, Air Divers must have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and equipment designated to diving operations; read, understand and comply with all employer's policies and governmental regulations; accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor; and have reviewed and be familiar with the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), plus other expectations. Air Divers must meet specific training and experience requirements as well.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Air Diver

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Entry-level Tender/Diver
  • Experience: 30 dives
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

5206 Cypress Creek Parkway
Suite 202
Houston, TX  77069

Phone: (281) 893-8388

Fax: (281) 893-5118
Email: nancy@adc-int.org

Applicant must have earned the ADCI Entry Level Tender/ Diver certification.

Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicants must have:

  • 100 Field Days of experience, and
  • 30 working dives

For details on this requirement see the ADCI Consensus Standards, section 3.3.

The Air Diver credential has the following other requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Maintain Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Meet comprehensive ADCI Medical Requirements. For further information visit ADCI Consensus Standards Medical Requirements Sections 2.3-4.
  • Submit documentation of course completion along with copies of diving logs with the application. Diving proficiency establishes the required minimum number of open-water working dives required to obtain various designations. All dives must be performed during a 24-month period immediately prior to issuance of the designation. Work must be performed during each dive with proper supervision. All dives must have a minimum of 20 minutes bottom time. A number of shorter-duration dives may be combined to equal one dive of the required 20-minute bottom time.

Practical Exam

  • Have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and ancillary equipment designated to the diving operations
  • Read, understand and comply with all employer’s policies and applicable governmental regulations, as they relate to their qualifications or performance while engaging in diving operations
  • Have reviewed and be familiar with the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)
  • Maintain a high level of physical fitness
  • Comply with all commands or instructions from the diving supervisor or designated diving person in charge (DPIC) during the conduct of diving operations
  • Ensure that the deepest depth attained during his or her dive has been established before ascent
  • Safely transition from the water to the decompression chamber without avoidable delay
  • Act as a standby diver when directed to do so. Be capable and qualified to carry out all of the duties and responsibilities of the diver as set forth above. (The standby diver is the individual possessing the required training and experience to enter the water at the diving station in order to render assistance to a stricken diver)
  • Act as a chamber operator as required by the diving supervisor
  • Comply with regulations or instructions concerning the use, maintenance, repair and testing of all diving equipment provided for the operation
  • Report to the diving supervisor any recent medical treatment or illness so that a proper determination can be made concerning fitness and/or ability to dive
  • Immediately report all symptoms or suspected symptoms of DCS to the diving supervisor as early and accurately as possible
  • Report to the diving supervisor any defect or malfunction of the diving equipment provided for the diving operation
  • Follow safe diving practices at all times during the diving operation whether on deck or in the water. Bring to the attention of the diving supervisor any questionable items. Be alert for the safety of others as well as himself/herself
  • Assist in the training of new personnel or tender/divers
  • Remain awake and in the vicinity of the decompression chamber for at least one hour following treatment or a hyperbaric exposure outside the no-decompression limits
  • Know and observe the rules for flying after diving or traveling to altitudes higher than the dive site
  • Ensure that diving equipment has been correctly maintained, prepared and tested before each dive. This requirement should never be delegated to others
  • Maintain a diver’s log book that details all dives, medical examinations, courses taken, certification level achieved and personal equipment maintenance
  • Ensure that medical certificates are up-to-date and recorded in the diver’s log book

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Air Diver examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Air Diver credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Air Diver

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Air Diver credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Air Diver Certification is renewed every 5 years; to maintain the certification, it is required that fees are paid and that the application is submitted.

    Note, often as ADCI certified divers gain experience, higher level certifications are earned. All ADCI diver certifications require that the lower level certification is earned prior to receiving any advanced level diving certification.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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