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Do Not Condemn a Good Cylinder

Have you ended a cylinder’s life too soon in the past because of a suspected crack? We’re here to help more cylinders have a longer life span by teaching you about tap stop marks. These marks are perfectly normal and cause no harm to your cylinder. In this article, you’ll learn how to spot one and how to truly tell the difference between a tap stop and a crack.
December 1, 2020/by Brittany Bozik

Free App to Record and Document Cylinder Inspections

It's here! From the guys at Cylinder Training Services there is now an app to help you record and share cylinder inspections. The CYLINDEX app is here and ready for download in the APPLE, ANDROID APP or MICROSOFT app stores.
January 28, 2019/by Brittany Bozik

The Force Near You Pt 2

Properly inspecting a cylinder, ensuring proper markings and filling in an environment as safe as possible will be the best hedge against explosive force. There is no way to guarantee nothing will happen. The best safety protocols is to ensure nothing is taken for granted and the FST has done everything possible to check the safety of the cylinder before the filling process.
November 28, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

The Force Near You

Get some perspective of all the variables required to determine the force of a rupturing cylinder, the damaged caused by the rupture and some ways to reduce the risk of injury or damage.
October 24, 2018/by Brittany Bozik

Are You Being Scammed?

Once a business becomes a government licensed hydro-test facility, they must follow the regulations or face fines and penalties for errors or mistakes.
February 17, 2016/by jamescouncill

Visual Inspection Stickers – Who Do You Trust?

The scuba industry must continue encouraging the customer to obtain their annual inspections. Scuba cylinders are exposed to many hazards that may cause concern during the filling process.
April 6, 2015/by jamescouncill

Why You Should Invest in Visual Inspection Training

Taking formal cylinder inspection training can help a novice understand the nuances and dangers involved and can also give new ideas and techniques to the seasoned veteran.
March 11, 2015/by jamescouncill

Inspecting Cylinders – Beyond the Hydro

A proper high pressure cylinder visual inspection course will show a user/inspector what conditions are acceptable and what conditions could be dangerous.
January 21, 2015/by jamescouncill

Public Safety Buoyancy

Public Safety divers spend a lot of time practicing search patterns,…
September 25, 2013/by tdisdiHQ

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About Don

Don Kinney is the owner and lead instructor for Hoodsport ‘N Dive and Cylinder Training Services (CTS). Don began recreational diving in 1985 in Colorado and took his first warm water vacation in Akumal Mexico. He moved from Advanced Nitrox to Trimix and took any class he could find to gain knowledge in this area. After completing his Advanced Trimix classes he decided to take the leap into the recreational / technical professional levels. He started off as a recreational dive instructor and over time became a Trimix instructor trainer.

Don started Cylinder Training Services (CTS) in 2011. He started formally working with and filling high pressure cylinders in 1991. With his background in public safety he continued to gain knowledge in the field of high-pressure cylinders and began to develop training programs. He has developed programs for PSI/PCI including; Eddy Current testing (2003), SCBA, Fire Department (2004) and their Fire Safety Seminar program (2004). He went on to develop his own visual inspection program covering cylinders, valves, cleaning and compressors in 2011. At this time, he realized that inspectors needed a source for affordable and high-quality inspection tools. His tools are designed for the high-pressure cylinder industry and assist them in determining damage and ensuring cylinders remain safe. In 2014 he developed an inspection program for International Training (ITI) where he published a manual and developed an on-line training program. Don continues to dedicate himself to safety in the high-pressure cylinder industries. He prides himself on understanding the client and their needs and coming up with a safe and useful training program designed to keep them safe and save them thousands of dollars.

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