Dive Lab’s primary purpose is to maintain and operate a state of the art test facility for testing surface supplied diving helmets, full face masks, and associated life support equipment for Kirby Morgan Diving Systems International (KMDSI) of Santa Maria California. In addition to testing, Dive Lab is (KMDSI’S) official training center for all KMDSI dealer repair and maintenance technician training. Dive Lab also provides repair/maintenance and configuration training courses for the commercial, military and scientific diving communities worldwide and provides the commercial diving community with answers to all types of diving related questions. Dive Lab’s goal is the steady improvement of diving equipment and safety for all facets of diving.
Dive Lab is situated on five acres in beautiful Panama City Florida. The facility consists of (4) 5000+ square foot buildings. One building houses administration and class rooms as well as spaces dedicated to fabrication and prototyping. The other buildings provide for a well equipped machine shop with full CNC capabilities, a large fiberglass repair shop, boat and dive locker storage. Dive Lab’s hyperbaric test facility includes a test tank, a state of the art ANSTI wet breathing simulator with 200 meter sea water (msw) capability as well as dry test chambers to 250 msw.
Dive Lab’s testing assets allow the capability to perform a vast variety of scientific performance and engineering tests/studies on all types of man worn life support equipment from SCUBA regulators and full face masks to diving helmets, mixed gas rebreathers, firefighting and respiratory equipment as well other life support equipment and components. Some of the many tests that can be conducted include, a wide range of environmental hot and cold temperature tests, field of vision, noise, Co2 breath by breath, oxygen consumption, mechanical, flow, pressure proof and burst testing. Besides testing and training, Dive Lab provides specialty design and manufacturing services primarily for DOD, public safety and friendly foreign interests. In addition to the facility test assets, Dive Lab is only minutes away from Saint Andrew Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for open –ocean testing. Beside the warm emerald waters of the Gulf, Dive Lab is within an hour drive of Northwest Florida’s crystal clear fresh water springs such as Cypress, and Morrison.