Diving contractor applications

Full IMCA diving contractor membership is available for offshore diving contractor companies.  Applicants for diving contractor membership need to demonstrate their ability to operate in accordance with IMCA international code of practice for offshore diving (IMCA D 014), which can be purchased through our publications department.  Further information can be found in our membership application procedure, which can be downloaded as an attachment.

All submissions that are received are handled on a first come first serve basis.  At this time, we are unable to give an accurate timeline on how long an audit process might take.  For audit pricing, please see our Subscription fees webpage.  Please note that audit fees will be separate to the final membership fee.


Please see the following criteria for admission as a diving contractor:

  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake offshore diving activities in accordance with the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D 014) and associated documentation which describes global good practice for offshore diving. The applicant should provide an explanation for how they:
    • operate an appropriate diving safety management system;
    • select and monitor personnel;
    • control their offshore operations;
    • deal with medical/safety issues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate and maintain diving systems in accordance with:
    • The Code of Practice on the initial and periodic examination, testing and certification of diving plant and equipment (IMCA D 018);
    • DESIGN (Diving Equipment Systems Inspection Guidance Note)
    • IMCA D 023 Rev. 1 – DESIGN for surface orientated (air) diving systems and/or;
    • IMCA D 024 Rev. 2 – DESIGN for saturation (bell) diving systems (if appropriate) and/or;
    • IMCA D 037 – DESIGN for surface supplied mixed gas diving systems and/or;
    • IMCA D 040 Rev. 1 – DESIGN for mobile/portable surface supplied systems;
    • IMCA D 053 – DESIGN for the hyperbaric reception facility (HRF) forming part of a hyperbaric evacuation system (HES) (if appropriate);
  • Have a current emergency procedure manual for the type of operations undertaken;
  • Have a set of current operations manuals and procedures for the type of operations undertaken. For saturation diving applications this must include procedures for hyperbaric evacuation;
  • Ensure that all diving and supervisory personnel engaged in offshore diving work are qualified in accordance with IMCA D 014.

Advice over common pitfalls

Below is a list of advice from one of our Diving Technical Advisers, regarding the most common pitfalls in a submission for IMCA Diving Contractor membership:

  1. We request all documents to be submitted to us in English.  If English is not your main language get this document translated; it will help your company’s various departments obtain a better understanding of what is required.
  2. In the membership audit assessment procedure, we have provided Table 1 – Documentation to be submitted by the applicant diving company.  Make sure that you have covered all of the points detailed in the ‘required contents’ section of the table.  Any omissions could cause delays in the assessment process, with requests for extra documents.
  3. Throughout Table 1 – Documentation to be submitted by the applicant diving company, we request CVs; please make sure that you include copies of relevant certificate to go with the requested CVs, as these often get omitted.
  4. Please make sure that the organograms requested in Sections 1, 2 & 3 of Table 1 comply with the ‘required contents’ section of the table.
  5. Insurance cover, Section 1 – please make sure that you have sufficient cover for your area of operation, as detailed in the ‘required contents’ section of Table 1.
  6. In Section 3, we request a number of documents from item 3.16, Toolbox talk, down to item 3.20, Diving Operations Records – these documents should all cover the same dive(s).  This is a similar requirement for item 3.9 Diving Emergency Response Drill; everything should be for the same drill.
  7. In Section 4, item 4.1 Diving Personnel we request copies of CVs and certificates; IMCA need to be satisfied that the applicant can field at least one IMCA compliant dive team.  This would include five IMCA qualified divers, at least one DMT, who may also be one of the qualified divers, and an IMCA qualified diving supervisor.  Certificates must be included alongside CVs.
  8. In Section 4, item 4.3, Personnel Tracking, we advise that you include columns covering expiry dates of qualifications, in order to ensure that they remain in date.
  9. In section 5, IMCA need to see that your company has sufficient plant and equipment to operate an offshore diving job and that it is properly maintained.  To this end, there needs to be a completed IMCA D023 DESIGN audit, carried out by third party auditors. This audit must include any non-conformances and how they have been tracked, and closed out.

Any further questions on Diving Contractor membership, and any information required on upgrading your current Diving Contractor membership, should be directed to membership@imca-int.com.