Underwater Consultants International, Inc. (UCI) was formed in the early 1990’s by the former senior managers of one of the world’s largest underwater services companies. Our management has been engaged in the underwater business since the mid 1970’s working in such diverse settings as the oil and gas fields of the North Sea to the inland lakes and rivers of the USA. We have some of the most experienced and respected employees in the market, including engineers, technicians, project managers, consultants and specialized divers. Since its inception, UCI has performed a wide variety of contracts for both government and industrial clients.
At UCI we operate our business a little differently than most other commercial diving companies. We are a member of the Association of Diving Contractors (ADC), and, as such, all of our operations comply with the ADC Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving Operations, and with OSHA & USCG Regulations. While most other companies will say that their operations are in compliance, when it comes to $'s, the regulations go out the window. We will not violate regulations for any reason. Our Operations and Safe Practices Manual is 100% in compliance with all currently existing regulations.
Our personnel are the core of our business.
When we send out a team to your project you can be assured that you're getting fully trained, experienced, and qualified people. While we do use recent dive school graduates, we will never send one out as a supervisor or diver. Entry level personnel are tenders and are employed as such until their on-the-job experience and performance allows us to promote them to a higher level. We don't believe in using new dive school graduates that are paid a low rate to do the work of well-paid experienced divers. It's unsafe and unethical.
Safety is our number one priority and will not be compromised.
We have never had a diving-related or confined space accident. Using properly trained, experienced personnel and top notch equipment is the key to safety. In the last several years, most diving accidents have been attributed to dive team error and inattentiveness, along with a lack of proper training. Almost 100% of these accidents could have been prevented by a knowledgeable crew who performed a Job Hazard Analysis before beginning the project. At UCI, when it comes to diving we use only properly trained commercial divers and never recreational scuba divers. All major recreational scuba agencies have published statements that their training alone is inadequate for the performance of commercial diving. We will never use recreational scuba divers, which include the likes of fire and police rescue divers as they are not properly trained for commercial diving. The courts have defined a commercial diver as one who is paid to perform underwater work, regardless of the type of work being done. Using improperly trained personnel is a violation of federal law and can put the Client in a potential position of liability. If you allow improperly trained personnel on your work site or allow operations which are not in compliance with current regulations, then, as an Owner, you may be operating an unsafe work site. This can leave an Owner liable for injuries to an independent contractor's employees.
Our training does not stop upon dive school graduation.
Since our operations take us into a variety of situations, our employees training must be appropriate to the task. We perform quite a bit of hazardous material and biologically contaminated diving so our training includes OSHA HAZWOPER, Confined Space Entry, Fall Prevention, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Biological Hazards, Bloodborne Pathogens and many more.