FAQ's

Download the ISR 15 Contestants Manual and read through it.  Next, do a little searching on the web and social media.  We’ve been at this for twenty-nine years, so there’s plenty of information out there. Finally, contact the ISR Executive Race Director, Mr. Kurt Yankaskas at  ISR.Executive.Director@fpx.f33.godaddywp.com or the President of the Foundation for Underwater Research and Education,  Mr. Charlie Behrle at FURE.President@internationalsubmarineraces.org and they’ll get you the information you’re looking for.

Yes we will be.  The on-line registration makes it efficient for us to create the master list of contestants and visitors and submit it to the U.S. Navy so they can clear us for entry to the race venue.  Our paperwork forms are required so that we have your information available to us in case of emergency, and for insurance purposes.  It may seem complicated, but it’s what we need.  The information for Team Registration and for individual registration is located on the website: www.internationalsubmarineraces.org and in the ISR 15 Contestants Manual.

Certainly, please do.  While many people successfully dive with the kinds of challenges you mention, the International Submarine Races are a little different than recreational diving for two reasons.  First, diving inside a submarine or support diving outside the submarine has added physical demands over most recreational diving activities and second, the use of this special U.S. Navy facility requires the ISR Dive staff to be especially cautious to retain the incredible safety record we have had for over twenty years.  It’s better to discuss your circumstances before the race and not to be disappointed at the race.  Please contact the ISR Supervisor of Diving, Mr. Vin Malkoski at Dive.Supervisor@internationalsubmarineraces.org.

You can guess our answer. You’ve worked hard for two years getting ready to race. We’ve worked hard getting the race ready for you and the U.S. Navy graciously decided to let us hold the race in their incredible facility again. Register your team and individuals according to the deadlines on the website and Contestants Manual, pay for registration fees on time, and come to the facility on Sunday, June 23 and start getting ready. We’ll get you in the water as fast as we can and as fast as you’re ready.

All SCUBA cylinders used in the Carderock facility must be stamped with DOT and other appropriate markings as approved by the US Department of Transportation (HMR: 49 CFR Parts 171-180). As there is joint rule making with Canada, cylinders stamped with DOT/CTC or DOT/TC (CTC = Canadian Transport Commission; TC = Transport Canada) may also be used.

The use of aluminum cylinders manufactured from Alloy #6351-T6 (Luxfer, Walter Kidde, and others) during the period January 1972 through approximately December 1988 will not be allowed. The cylinders have an unacceptable risk of failure due to neck cracks (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).

As per DOT regulations and CGA guidelines, all cylinders must have current hydro test dates stamped on the shoulder and have current visual inspection (VIP) stickers. If required, aluminum cylinders should display evidence of inspection of the neck threads by eddy current machine (Visual Plus).

If you don’t own such cylinders, you can make arrangements to rent suitable cylinders from local dive shops in the Washington DC area.