Bahamas, Psi Pci Inc, Philippines discussed on Scuba Shack Radio


Get the schedule adjusted for the rest of the year when and i looked at the calendar it turns out that we have a lot going on <hes> coming here in the next few weeks in september <hes> an end with our little came in trip in october demon in november and in the philippines in december. I wanted to get on a schedule so i could get to you every <hes> couple of weeks so a little bit earlier this time i also wanted to just <hes> take a moment to reflect back on the events of the past week very somber bring news with with the <hes> dive boat accident out in california terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to <hes> to the whole died community out there especially to the families families who lost loved ones also <hes> the devastating effects of the hurricane doreen down in the bahamas <hes> quite a a scene of utter disaster down there <hes>. It's going to take a really long time for that. Police to recover based on what i saw this morning on the news so again our thoughts let's go out to the bahamas and we're hoping for a speedy recovery as as can happen down there so a lot of somber news in dive community unity <hes> in in in the world <hes> this week when we first i started to learn to scuba dive we learned all about the equipment that we use to go diving with an important piece of equipment that we have is our scuba cylinder and and we're taught about the different types of scuba cylinders a different type of valves and things like that one of the things that we also talk about a lot is the inspections that are needed for the scuba cylinder and there's two types of inspections that we talk about obviously there's the hydro static test which is mandated by the united state's department of transportation and that's a five-year tests that <hes> has to be conducted on all compressed air cylinders but there's also also another inspection that we talk about and that's called the visual inspection and there's a question about where did it come from and is it mandatory mandatory and the fact is that <hes> the visual inspection is a scuba diving industry standard not a government standard and <hes> we all adhere to that and make sure that our cylinders are visually inspected every year otherwise we don't fill the tank so so where did that come from and i did a little research on this and found that <hes> it really became a standard <hes> coming out of a study study that was done by a group called the national underwater accident data center and it was it's a an organization organization or <hes> a facility that was started <hes> by a man a gentleman from the university of maryland john jay the NF in nineteen seventy and <hes> they commission to study at the university of rhode island for <hes> inspections of <hes> of scuba cylinders and the actual report which you can find online is called the <hes> <hes> scuba uber safeties report series report number one and it's conducted by the department of ocean engineering at the university of rhode island and it's on the corrosive study of steel scuba cylinders so if you read that report it goes into <hes> the the idea around around will why are scuba cylinders different than regular compressed air cylinders and and essentially it's because of the environment that the tanks are in with the water and assault conditions that could impact the cylinders into study <hes> goes in and talks about how they did subject jackson new brand new tanks to <hes> the environment and after a hundred days of corrosion tests the the tanks were <hes> <hes> severely corroded and probably would not have passed a <hes> a cylinder fill in could potentially exploded so their recommendations were that <hes> scuba tanks be subjected to a yearly inspection now the report also talks about about a program that had been implemented by the national association of skin diving stores and that was called their VIP. I pee program or visual inspection protection program and it was kind of interesting because they talked about for a dollar fifty. You could take your tank into any of these stores where they would actually open it up look inside and inspected and then put a sticker on it so that's kind of originated with <hes> with the dive stores back before the study and and really became something of a standard right after the study now there's also an organization <hes> that that we scuba shack utilize for our inspection training that's PSI ESI or professional scuba inspectors or professional cylinder inspectors and our technicians need to be <hes> <hes> trained by <hes> PSI and then have a recurring training every three years and really interesting article in the relationship latest dive newswire from eight twenty six where PSI PCI inc was warning of misleading advertising is it for somebody trying to confuse people about their training versus PSI PSI and you know <hes> these guys PSI aside PC. I wrote the book on inspection bill. Hi mark gresham they wrote the book and we're pretty proud to be a part of the environment for our cylinders inspections to keep people safe. So if you're interested you can go out there and look online at the report. It's fascinating <hes> they recommended commended that it become a law way back in one thousand nine hundred seventy but i guess we can still wait on washington cert- the pass certain types of loss <music>.

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