The Helmet and BandMask Course is designed to teach commercial divers, tenders, and technicians how to perform routine maintenance, inspections, and repair of Kirby Morgan Helmets and BandMasks and instruct personnel in the KMDSI/Dive Lab recommended configuration and use of KMDSI Helmets and BandMasks

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • DIVE LAB Presentation and Facility Tour
  • Training and Maintenance Policies/Guidelines for Kirby Morgan Equipment
  • Kirby Morgan 17B Neck Clamp Assembly
  • Neck Ring Assembly For “37 Type” Helmets
  • Stainless Steel and Fiberglass Helmets Assembly
  • “Hands On” Instruction for The Side Block Assembly (Stainless & Brass)

Day 2

  • Surfaced Supplied Breathing Requirements for Kirby Morgan Equipment
  • Hands On” Instruction for The Kirby Morgan 350 Super Flow Regulator
    • Disassemble & Reassembly
    • Testing/Regulator Adjustment
  • “Hands On” Instruction for The Kirby Morgan 455 Balance Regulator
    • Disassemble & Reassembly
    • Testing/Regulator Adjustment
  • “Hands On” Instruction for The Kirby Morgan REX Regulator
    • Disassemble & Reassembly
    • Testing/Regulator Adjustment

Day 3

  • Band Mask (KMB 18 & KMB 28)
  • Breathing Machine/Lab Demonstration (Dive Equipment Testing Procedures)
  • Kirby Morgan Diamond
  • Emergency Procedures for Kirby Morgan Helmets & Band Masks
  • Emergency Gas Supply Bailout Systems
  • Post Dive Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Kirby Morgan and DIVE LAB Website Familiarization
  • Additional Training Material/Thumb Drive

Day 4

Optional/Special Request Only

  • Kirby Morgan Air Console (KMAC)
  • Kirby Morgan SCUBA 1st and 2nd STAGE Regulators
  • EXO (optional)
  • M-48 Masks and Pods (optional)

Day 5

Dealer Only
  • Gel Coat Touch up
  • Fiberglass
  • Insert Replacement

Class begins at 8:00am / Do not bring your dive helmet to class

The Technician course taught at Dive Lab in NOT designed for personal helmet overhauls. The course covers all of Kirby Morgan’s product line, and there is not enough time to overhaul/repair everyone’s helmet during the class.

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.