The fully tested Kirby Morgan SuperLite® 17B Commercial Diving Helmet 500-010 set the working standard for the commercial diving industry worldwide! Many thousands of underwater hours have proved that the SuperLite® 17B design to be dependable, comfortable, extremely rugged, and is Commercial Rated™. The KM SuperLite® 17B has been tested and certified to meet or exceed all requirements for all governing agencies, and is also certified for use in commercial diving operations worldwide.
The KM SuperLite®17B has been tested and conforms to the performance requirements as set forth in Annex II of Directive 89/686/EEC and as far as applicable, the EN250 (edition Jan 2000) and the E DIN 58 642 (edition Feb 1998). When this helmet is used for air diving in countries that conform to C.E. regulations, it may be used to a maximum depth of 164fsw (50 msw). I.A.W. EN250.
The KM SuperLite®17B system consists of two pieces: the neck dam-yoke and the commercial diving helmet. The commercial diver slips on the angled neck dam with the attached yoke. The neck clamp is then slipped onto the commercial diving helmet and locked. The locking system not only seals the neck dam to the commercial diving helmet but also secures the front of the yoke.
This commercial diving helmet also includes the Kirby Morgan Quad-Valve Exhaust System which retrofits to many of the Kirby Morgan Commercial Diving Helmets. This Exhaust System is also recommended for commercial diving in biologically contaminated water, when the commercial diver is properly trained and qualified, using recommended procedures. The Exhaust System has exceptionally low exhalation resistance that the commercial diver must experience to appreciate. The Kirby Morgan SuperLite® 17A/B Commercial Diving Helmet Retainer™ chin strap and yoke strap make it virtually impossible to have the commercial diving hat come loose. These upgrades are standard on all new KM SuperLite® 17B helmets and will retrofit to all previous KM SuperLite® 17B helmets.
The Kirby Morgan Side Block Assembly is standard in the B configuration: receiving the umbilical over the shoulder. The KM 17B offers comprehensive head protection, an adjustable demand breathing system for gas economy, anti-flooding features, rapid emplacement, a neck dam clamp that mechanically breaks a low-pressure lock, and a trim to fit angled neck dam which seats the dive helmet comfortably, especially when working in the face down position. The pull pin neck clamp release provides a system for prevention of accidental helmet removal.
The outer shell or bag, P/N 510-522, of the SL 17A/B Head Cushion, P/N 510-521, is now made of a durable, nylon based material (black), plus, a webbing strap has been added to strengthen the snap mountings. The material is laser cut to prevent the edges from fraying or unraveling. Velcro tabs have also been applied to the exterior for attachment of the Head Cushion Foam Spacer (HCFS, p/n 525-745).
The Head Cushion Foam Spacer (sold as 525-745 HCFS Kit) is also now shipping in the SuperLite® 17B Helmets as an integral part of the cushioning system.
Warning: Before attempting any diving in any type of contaminated water, a complete commercial diving and topside course in hazardous materials emergencies should be completed. The commercial divers and the topside team must be properly trained and have the proper safety equipment. All commercial diving helmets and suits can leak water under certain conditions. Divers should use extreme caution when diving in contaminated waters.
* Please reference the Accessories and Parts categories in the left hand column for all accessories and parts associated with the Kirby Morgan SuperLite® 17B. Click on the SuperLite® 17B and then the SuperLite® 17B with Posts category and the Accessories and Parts categories will appear beneath it.
* For Questions on Kirby Morgan® Helmet Retaining Systems, please refer to the bulletin in Attachments tab which contains more detailed information.
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