Dive Lab Technician Training

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 instructs personnel in the KMDSI/Dive Lab recommended configuration and use of KMDSI Helmets and BandMasks.

Class start time is 8:00 AM

Dive Lab’s three (3) day Technician Training covers the following procedures and guidelines:

  • Use of Kirby Morgan Operational Check Lists A2.1 thru A2.6
  • Helmet and Band Mask Overhaul Procedures
  • How to properly log Maintenance and Repairs
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Face Port Insert Inspection and Testing
  • Monthly Helmet Inspection Procedure
  • Daily pre/post dive procedures
  • Supervisor pre-dive inspections
  • Supervisor in water checks
  • EGS interface procedures and configurations
  • Calculation of proper supply pressure and volume requirements
  • How to teach the KMDSI Helmet/Band Mask Operator/User Course.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can teach the Kirby Morgan (KMDSI) Technician Course?

Only KMDSI dealers and professional diving training centers that have been trained and authorized by Dive Lab can teach official KMDSI technician and operator user training. IF YOUR CERTIFICATE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE ONE ABOVE FROM DIVE LAB, YOU DO NOT HAVE FACTORY AUTHORIZED RECOGNIZED TRAINING.

Who can issue Kirby Morgan Helmet and Band Mask Technician Certificates?

All official KMDSI technician and operator/user certificates are issued by Dive Lab ONLY, Dive Lab issues certificates after reviewing the course completion forms from authorized KMDSI dealer trainers and authorized commercial diver training schools. Dealers,and schools are not authorized to issue their own certificates for technician and /or operator user training. If you do not have a Dive Lab issued certificate then you are not an authorized / recognized Kirby Morgan technician.

What does it cost to get trained and certified to work on KMDSI helmets and band masks?

The three day technician training at Dive Lab in Panama City Florida costs $700.00 USD. There is also a fourth day of training available that teaches overhaul of the KMAC, EXO, and KMDSI SCUBA regulators.

Why does it cost so much more to get training in Europe or outside the United States?

In Europe and other places outside the US many KMDSI dealers are service dealers and are trained by Dive Lab to work on some and in many cases all of the KMDSI products. Because of different labor rates and the cost of doing business in various countries Dive Lab does not set or dictate what other authorized KM technician trainers charge for technician training. HOWEVER! Dive Lab charges the authorized dealers and Diving school $30.00 for each certificate and wallet card.

I was told by the place that trained me that the reason they charged me over $2000.00 dollars for the training is because they have to pay Dive Lab a large fee.

Dive Lab charges the KMDSI dealer and/or training center $30.00 USD for certification documents, this includes both the certificate and wallet card initially good for 3 years however after retraining the certificate its good for four years. If a dealer or school tells you that they have to pay a large certification fee please let us know.

If I complete the KMDSI / Dive Lab authorized course can I perform repairs for profit or work on helmets on the side to make some money?

NO! Absolutely not. The training was set up to allow individual user / owners to be able to maintain their own equipment as well as their companies equipment and individuals equipment that work for the same company as long as the company policy allows it. As an example if the company sends a diver for training and they pay for the training that person can only perform repairs and maintenance on his helmet or mask as well as the companies equipment and other divers employed by that company. All repairs and maintenance MUST be properly documented. Proper documentation is also taught in the training. Only official KMDSI dealers that have been trained and certified by Dive lab can perform repairs for profit.

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.

Three Day Technician Training

$ 700.00

Covers all Kirby Morgan Helmets and Band MasksEach additional person from the same company receives a 15% discount,
dropping the price to $595.00 each.

Additional Training

$ 250.00

Covers EXO-26BR, EXO NonBal, M-48 FFM, KMACS-5, and 1st and 2nd Stage SF Scuba RegulatorsThe same discount applies, dropping the price to $208.25 each.

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.

Contact  divelab@divelab.com or Call (850) 235-2715 to sign up