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Withdrawal of UK Legislation Module Examination

With effect from the date of publication of this Information Note IMCA will no longer be offering the UK Legislation module examination as part of the IMCA diving supervisor and LST certification schemes. As of 27 February 2023, IMCA will cease to take all new bookings for the UK legislation

| Information Note number 1632

Shipping Industry Indian Ocean High Risk Area

The Joint Industry Security Group of Trade Associations, comprising BIMCO, CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo, Intertanko, IMCA and OCIMF (the Oil Companies International Marine […]

| Information Note number 1631

COBRA Bailout System: Top Handle Failure

Members’ attention is brought to the recent Guidance Note issued by JFD relating to the failure of the top handle on a COBRA set while the set was being hoisted.

| Information Note number 1630


Field Arrival Trials

What are Field Arrival Trials? A pre-defined programme of tests and checks to be performed prior to the entry into the area of operation that are designed to confirm the […]

| Information Note number 1628



Registration and Revalidation of South African Diving Qualifications

The South African commercial diving regulator, the Department of Employment and Labour, has announced details of the registration and revalidation process that all commercial divers, diving supervisors, chamber operators and diving instructors holding training certificates issued by the department are required to complete in order to ensure continuing validation of

| Information Note number 1623

COBRA Bailout System: Bailout Duration Times

Members’ attention is brought to the recent Guidance Note issued by JFD relating to bailout duration times with partially depleted cylinder pressures.

| Information Note number 1622

IMCA Membership Renewal 2023

IMCA is pleased to advise that the Board has maintained the membership fees at the same level as the last 3 years. You can review the membership fees on our website.

| Information Note number 1620


Summary of IMCA D 023 Document Changes 2022

IMCA D 023 Rev. 1 DESIGN for surface orientated (air) diving systems was published in January 2014. The latest revision of IMCA D 023 has now been published (Rev. 2). This Information Note summarises the changes that were made during the Rev. 1 to Rev. 2 update process.

| Information Note number 1619

ASOG – The Decision Support Tool You Need

Following a review of the 2021 Annual DP Station Keeping Event Report published by IMCA in March 2022, the IMCA Marine Division Management Committee & DP Committee agreed that an objective for 2022 was to create an information note explaining the subject of Activity Specific Operating Guidelines (ASOG) and its

| Information Note number 1618

Dutch Regulator Announces Recognition Scheme for Non-EU Diving Medical Certificates

The Dutch regulator for diving, SWOD, has announced it will recognise valid certificates of medical fitness to dive issued by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Approved Medical Examiner of Divers (AMED) for divers wishing to work in Dutch waters. Dutch medicals are currently recognised by the HSE.

| Information Note number 1617


Election Results – South America Committee

Election Results – South America Committee. Thanks are extended to all who agreed to stand for election and to those who have served as committee members over the previous term.

| Information Note number 1615

Election Results – Middle East & India Committee

Election Results – Middle East & India Committee. Thanks are extended to all who agreed to stand for election and to those who have served as committee members over the previous term.

| Information Note number 1614

COBRA Advisory Notice: Setting Positive Pressure

Your attention is brought to the following guidance note from JFD pertaining to reported various issues around setting the positive pressure on the COBRA backpack. The guidance note can be […]

| Information Note number 1613



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