The Commercial Diver Network
The ADC has never forced me to pay for anything. My employers have always provided me with an ADC card.
BTW I hold a Sat Sup card.
Thanks Lance, and yes we do. And yes, my employers have always paid for my ADC card. I worked at CDI when ADC cards became an issue. I had about 10 years experience when I went to work for CDI. CDIalways provided me with training and the necessary certs for whatever position they wanted me to fill. They had in-house supervisor training and a test, years before any test was required by the ADC. They provided me with Safe Gulf/Trap, Water Survival, OQSG, etc... at their expense, not mine. Eventually they even started to do maintenance and yearly inspections on our hats, on their nickel, too. My present employer also paid for my ADCSat Sup exam and card. I was also reimbursed for the cost of my TWIC card, too, when that became a requirement. Being a name on the wall at a large company has some advantages (if your tag doesn't fall off the whiteboard and get lost behind the ops-managers desk)
Edmund Edmund Edmund you are deffiently not a hard aht diver. The ADC DOES NOT GIVE A LICENSE~! hey look a turtle~!
Stick to scuba buddy!
It's kind of a grey area. They, the ADC is trying to keep up with IMCA. IMCA is all about paper and credentials so that if you screw up, the company that hired you can fall back and say you were not qualified to do what you did. Then the liability rest on you, not the company...even though they will be expecting you to live up to your experience level.
Another problem is you may have enough experience to be a gas diver, but only hold an air diver card...so when you hire on with a new company and try to negotiate your rate, they tell you that you're only qualified to be an "air diver" so this is what we can offer. Later on they expect you to supervise jobs, but no way are you gonna get a supervisors rate. This happens all the time fellows!
The best thing I say about all of this is when you negotiate your rate upon hire, expect to stay at that rate for a long time. Most companies will not give you a raise unless you have them over a barrel. They don't care about your ADC card, you will get what you negotiate. And get it in writing!
Keep up with your logs. Keep good tally books. When you can, get letters of recommendation (The guy you did a great job for today, might be dead tomorrow).