Kirby Morgan Hat Technician Course

The Helmet and Band Mask course is designed and intended to teach commercial divers, tenders, and technicians how to perform routine maintenance, annual inspections, and repair of Kirby Morgan Helmets and Band Masks and instructs personnel in the KMDSI/Dive Lab recommended configuration and use of KMDSI Helmets and Band Masks.

This course instructs personnel how to correctly overhaul the demand regulator side block and all associated Helmet and Band Mask components. It also teaches what repairs should only be performed by dealers or those with specialized training. The course was set up to enable large and small diving companies, as well as freelance divers the proper ways to inspect, maintain, overhaul and perform most repairs using the manufacturers recommended procedures and guidelines. This course does not teach face port insert replacement or fiberglass and gel coat repair, however, it does teach identification of insert and fiberglass damage and how and where to have repairs done.
Upon completion, each student will receive a Dive Lab Technician Certification valid for three years for the individuals own equipment and/or the company or affiliate company equipment for which the individual works, as well as equipment belonging to other diving employees of the company as dictated by company policy. Once the training has been completed, the Technician is authorized and encouraged to teach the KMDSI Operator/User Course using the curriculum and guidelines set-up by KMDSI and Dive Lab, Inc. The main purpose for this is to expand the knowledge and training within the commercial diving industry using trained persons, thus raising the level of awareness pertaining to the proper use and maintenance of KMDSI Helmets, Band Masks and associated equipment.
Note: With this training, you would be trained to perform repairs on your own equipment and the companies equipment you work for, as well as other diving employees of the company. The training brings the technician into the specialized KMDSI/Dive Lab program allowing for advice and assistance in all equipment problems and issues. All technicians receive KMDSI technical updates and bulletins, as well as newsletters. The KMDSI Technician Course allows the student to repair only his equipment or the equipment of divers in his company it does not allow the Technician to do repairs for profit ONLY KMDSI DEALERS CAN PERFORM REPAIRS FOR PROFIT. Dealer qualifications are listed on the KMDSI and Dive Labs web site so that users of KMDSI products can review certification and qualification status. Non-Kirby Morgan dealers and persons not trained by authorized Dive Lab trained technicians that perform repairs for profit, do so against the recommendation of KMDSI and Dive Lab. Non certified persons that pose as certified KMDSI/Dive Lab trained technicians can be a serious safety threat to the diving industry and all users of KMDSI equipment. Dive Lab trained technicians working for diving contractors or as free-lance divers cannot perform repairs for profit, and can only work on their own equipment, company equipment, and equipment belonging to the employees of the company, as dictated by company policy. This is done in an effort to prevent back yard helmet mechanics. All work and repairs must be documented. Any helmets and masks presented for work that do not have a log book showing work history, must be overhauled in accordance with Appendix A2.1.