Underwater Contractor Follows Rules of the Road
Mil-Vet Pro Divers, LLC strictly adheres to the top professional and government standards to ensure safety, quality and compliance with every dive
Mil-Vet Pro Divers, LLC (M.V.P.D.), a marine service and salvage company, is the only legally registered commercial underwater contractor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s and north of Green Bay—as recreational SCUBA businesses are banned from selling commercial services or obtaining commercial diving insurance (which is required to work on any commercially defined project under federal regulations).
Mil-Vet delivers quality service and strict adherence to all required standards: ANSI, DOD, USACE, USCG, USN and OSHA. Its government-certified six-man dive teams provide certified air/mixed surface supplied divers and specialized underwater services to the region, making Mil-Vet the logical choice for even the most challenging underwater job.
Founder and owner, retired Marine and master diver Gerard J. Babin, USMC-DAV, had dreamed of having a commercial dive business from the time he was a young boy, having been mesmerized by the sight of a commercial diver emerging from the water during a fishing trip with his dad. In 2010, he made his dream a reality.
Service Above Oneself
Babin shares the philosophy that drives the dives: “Our teams live and breathe the concept of ‘service above oneself.’ Each diver is trained to current U.S. government requirements in underwater specialties and dive medicine appropriate to their position.”
A Service Disabled Veteran & Minority Owned Small Business, Mil-Vet prides itself on investing in the community by reinvesting in the U.S. Veterans who serve it. Listed as Underwater Contractors with 25 of the nation’s “top government vendors,” including Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics & Flour, the company takes on everything from small, private projects to those under government contract.
Fittingly, the company boasts a deep talent pool, consisting of craftsmen and women from nearly every marine, industrial, commercial and residential craft trade. “If it involves topside, waterfront or in-water services,” says Babin, “Mil-Vet has done it, legally and by the book.” No small feat, given the dangerous, sensitive nature of the work.
From livestock ponds, marinas, municipal water towers and clear wells to services on the nation’s military bases, fleets, harbors and oil fields, Mil-Vet is there, in service to the country’s most valuable assets—its people.
Taking the High Road
Mil-Vet maintains the highest professional and government required standards for its team, equipment and services. Babin says, “We guarantee rapid response, quality service and a safely executed project.” The most important reminder that Babin hopes those seeking diving services heed is that not all divers are created equal. Someone with merely a SCUBA license, for instance, isn’t necessarily following the rigid protocols that ensure true safety guidelines. Babin warns, “When hiring any diving contractor for any project, demand to see a valid air/mixed gas surface supplied training certificate for each team member, including the supervisor who will be on site.”
Dive teams worldwide, in fact, agree that strict adherence to government-mandated training and operations saves lives and protects assets, which in turn increases profit. “For us,” says Babin, “following the guidelines to a T are our ‘rules of the road.’ We never deviate from them.”