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    A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Due to the serious traces of negligence of safety rules, good diving practice and IANTD standards while conducting the Cave course during which the trainee Krzysztof Betiuk was tragically exposed to unnecessary risk and eventually died, we request IANTD HQ to suspend the Andrzej Kruczkowski’s instructor’s permissions again and to disclose full justification of the IANTD’s decision.

    1. THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE ACCIDENT

    Participants of the cave course:

    Andrzej Kruczkowski - cave instructor ITT IANTD (organizer and course leader)
    Wojciech Nowak – student on the grade IANTD cave instructor
    Krzysztof Betiuk – student on the grade cave diver (he died during this course)
    Marcel Korkuś - student on the grade cave diver

    On 05th January a fatal accident occurred during a technical cave course in the Italian cave Fontanazzi. One of the three trainees died after got stuck in a blind, side narrow corridor. The course was led by ITT IANTD Andrzej Kruczkowski. During the same course a cave instructor course was conducted.

    Two days after the accident the candidate for the cave instructor level and participant of this course Wojciech Nowak published the report describing the plan and a sequence of this tragic event (attached below).

    The report stated:
    The trainees were meant to dive alone within 1 minute intervals, starting from the surface through 30 meters narrow vertical funnel with some restriction along the way. They were supposed to meet the leading instructor at 20-meter depth. There was no fixed gold line connecting the surface with the cave. Krzysztof, who were supposed to dive as the third one, entered the wrong way and few meters further got stuck with head down position in the blind, leading to nowhere route.
    This was Krzysztof’s fifth dive during this technical cave course and his fifth cave diving ever. He got stuck so tight that the fourth diver (Wojciech Nowak, the author of the report) who fund him after few minutes was not able to pull him out.
    After a quarter or so when the leading instructor returned from the deeper part of the cave (he was in another part of the cave with another trainee during the accident) he was not able to help either and Krzysztof was already dead.
    Krzysztof’s body was pulled by the emergency services that needed to take out the body using ropes and pull the cadaver with a few rescuers working on the surface.

    2. EXPLANATORY PROCEEDINGS

    Andrzej Kruczkowski officially reported to IANTD HQ similar description of this dive. Apart from that the Board appointed by Tom Mount has received the reports of all others participants confirming Wojciech Nowak’s statement that Andrzej Kruczkowski did not supervise tragically dead Krzysztof Betiuk. Nevertheless, IANTD QA Board found that instructor Andrzej Kruczkowski did not violated IANTD standards either good diving practice.

    QA Board based on the testimony of all witnesses of the accident and where all participants of this tragic dive admitted to leave Krzysztof Betiuk alone in a cave without supervision, which ended with Krzysztof’s death recognized that the instructor IANTD ITT Andrzej Kruczkowski who was the leading instructor and organizer of this course did not violated standards.

    A fragment of the IANTD QA Board statement:

    “For it is obvious that there had been no standards violation, which was clearly ascertained by QA Board, consisted on the most experienced and ethical ITT cave instructors, we strongly recommend all of the Andrzej Kruczkowski’s qualifications be retained. Andrzej Kruczkowski is to maintain active teaching status on all of the accomplished levels, due to both QA Board and IANTD HQ decision.”

    3. DOUBTS OF THE SYGNATORIES OF THE PROTEST

    Polish IANTD Instructors have protested this IANTD QA Board’s decision.
    In assessing the violation of standards, the signatories were based on an internal IANTD order.

    Standards valid on the day of the accident: THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NITROX AND TECHNICAL DIVERS® (IAND, INC. dba IANTD®) STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES MANUAL FOR RECREATIONAL DIVING INCLUSIVE OF SPORT AND TECHNICAL DIVING Revised: 7/7/2010 – updated March 2015.

    Thorough analysis of the standards and honest evaluation of good diving practise leaves no doubt that during the course the standards were not complied in following aspects:

    1. The instructor Andrzej Kruczkowski has planned the dive where trainees were expected to dive alone through a difficult bit of a cave only with a line partially laid without supervision. And so, this dive was conducted.

    2. Trainee Krzysztof Betiuk was in side mount configuration to which he was not certified, not to even mention multistage SM. Krzysztof Betiuk had at least three side cylinders (one with air, one with nitrox and one with oxygen) during the dive.

    3. The ITT Andrzej Kruczkowski had instructor technical cave IT qualifications despite a reasonable suspicion that he did not meet the requirements to obtain such a degree. Andrzej Kruczkowski has completed the IANTD instructor training in August 2011 and in 2014 he became cave IT despite a reasonable suspicion that he did not meet the requirements. As early as 2015 Andrzej Kruczkowski was nominated for ITT by Tom Mount.

    4. There is a reasonable suspicion that student Wojciech Nowak did not meet the requirements to join the cave instructor course which he participated when the accident had place.

    5. “Intro the cave” part was performed in the cave too difficult to do so due to several restrictions on the entry part, that make it impossible to attend more than one person at the time.
    All the issues mentioned above had a direct impact on the Krzysztof Betiuk’s fatal accident to occur.

    4. DIVERS SOCIETY VS. IANTD HQ

    From the e-mail correspondence between IANTD HQ and signatories it follows that:

    • IANTD HQ rejected the request, issued by six IT to re-examine the circumstances of the accident. In the application, the signatories pointed out all the issues suggesting that the standards of cave training conducted by Andrzej Kruczkowski were violated. Because of this violations Krzysztof Betiuk, a twenty nine year old participant of this course, died.
    • IANTD QA Board, assigned by Tom Mount, to assess the circumstances of the accident, has consisted of the people identified by Tom Mount as the most competent and experienced. Because members of the board remain anonymous, their actual experience cannot be assessed, nor do they remain free from pressure from IANTD HQ to cover up the case.
    • In the absence of a response from the IANTD authorities on a written protest, an open letter was issued and signed by 2 ITT, 5 IT, 34 instructors and 153 divers.
    In the response to the open letter, members of the organization, including the signatories of the protest, were informed of an immediate tightening of ethical standard on public speaking in the media on the events of January 5, 2017.
    Thus, IANTD members were obliged to keep silent under the threat of consequences from the IANTD authorities.

    It was seven IT instructors among the signatories of the open letter:
    Sebastian Popek, Łukasz Piórewicz, Marek Cacaj, Krzysztof Starnawski, Tomasz Żabierek, Roman Virt and Sylwester Peknik.

    Sebastian Popek, Łukasz Piórewicz and Marek Cacaj were informed, that their IT qualifications would be maintained only if they adhere to the new IANTD ethical standards, which bans negative public speaking in the social media concerning any instructor, instructors’ actions and the IANTD organization itself.

    Tomasz Żabierek was immediately deprived of his IT qualifications.

    Roman Virt, the ITT Instructor, who first informed Tom Mount about irregularities during conducting the course where Krzysztof Betiuk died, yesterday on 18th Apr received a letter informing about immediate removal from the IANTD.

    Krzysztof Starnawski, who owns an e-mail account from which signatories have sent protest, was reported by Tom Mount to the Disciplinary Board of IANTD to verify his ethical behavior. The breach of ethical standards would have supposed to concern the correspondence between Krzysztof Starnawski and Tom Mount where Krzysztof Starnawski called on Tom Mount to re-examine the case and to suspend the qualifications of Andrzej Kruczkowski until the circumstances of the accident and the investigation of the prosecution were completed.

    Jacek Lubowiecki has been the only IT, who has revoked the protest. As a reward, he has been given a lead of Polish IANTD office starting from the 01st June 2017.

    The current situation forces us to question not only the IANTD QA Board’s reliability, but also the doubts about the moral attitudes of Tom Mount and other members of the IANTD Board.
    Leaving this at the current stage will be a green light for all IANTD instructors allowing for impunity for safety violations which will inevitably result in further fatal accidents.

    Therefore, if you share our opinion, then please sign up under this statement (it is enough to enter your name and certificate number and the position: IANTD instructor or IANTD diver).
    If we do not stop this pathology in our organization tomorrow it might impact each one of you as well.

    1. Krzysztof Starnawski IT IANTD#3967
    2. Adam Leslie INSTRUKTOR IANTD#8203
    3. Radosław Zajkowski INSTRUKTOR IANTD#7343
    4. Hubert Grzybek INSTRUKTOR IANTD#9025
    5. Robert Prince Pawłowski INSTRUKTOR IANTD#8414
    6. Tomasz Trojanowicz INSTRUKTOR IANTD#7724
    7. Tymek Podgórczyk INSTRUKTOR IANTD#7779
    8. Leszek Gimel IANTD INSTRUKTOR IANTD#9534
    9. Rafał Łakomski INSTRUKTOR IANTD#8670
    10. Wojtek Komocki INSTRUKTOR IANTD#9092
    11. Massimiliano Canossa INSTRUKTOR IANTD#2549 Italy
    12. Paweł Gałecki INSTRUKTOR IANTD#9062
    13. Jarek Kur INSTRUKTOR IANTD#5068
    14. Mariusz Wróbel INSTRUKTOR IANTD#8323
    15. Magdalena Saugut INSTRUKTOR IANTD#9435
    16. Monika Lelonkiewicz INSTRUKTOR IANTD#7728
    17. Grzegorz Reder INSTRUKTOR IANTD#7342
    18. Hubert Urbańczyk INSTRUKTOR IANTD#113204
    19. Grzegorz Garwoliński INSTRUKTOR IANTD#6934
    20. Tomasz Wciórka IANTD#171925
    21. Marek Łapiński IANTD#174809
    22. Robert Much IANTD#161698 IANTD#142061
    23. Gerard Maj IANTD#131398
    24. Piotr Zadrowski IANTD#169011
    25. Tomasz Zapiór IANTD#171917
    26. Paweł Zapiór IANTD#171918
    27. Izabela Rynkiewicz IANTD#169112
    28. Grzegorz Świątnicki IANTD#186027
    29. Ewa Kruk IANTD#165798
    30. Michał Marek IANTD#165121
    31. Monika Kurzep IANTD#165608
    32. Grażyna Mikulewicz IANTD#164529
    33. Katerina Peknik IANTD#108020
    34. Marcin Jastrzębski IANTD#140110
    35. Oliver J. Albrecht IANTD#146824
    36. Ryszard Wolschendorf IANTD#4047
    37. Sławek Paćko IANTD#111865
    38. Anna Rapp IANTD#62803
    39. Stanisław Janicki IANTD#179622
    40. Sebastian Bodnar IANTD#162800
    41. Robert Gruca IANTD#113186
    42. Aleksandra Gruca #113187
    43. Rafał Rutkowski IANTD#83755
    44. Piotr Krych IANTD#169570
    45. Paweł Boruta IANTD#167237
    46. Katarzyna Leszczyńska IANTD#170146
    47. Mateusz Filipp IANTD#97056
    48. Sebastian Prędki IANTD#118090
    49. Paweł Seweryniuk IANTD#185064
    50. Paniczko Sławomir IANTD#110072
    51. Anna Bocheńska IANTD#160942
    52. Michał Gignal IANTD#60052
    53. Agata Isajew, IANTD#176130
    54. Tomasz Siwy IANTD#115540
    55. David Zaras IANTD#162137
    56. Tomasz Jeżewski IANTD#163700
    57. Łukasz Potyra IANTD#77363
    58. Jarek Matyga IANTD#171593
    59. Agata Wiesiołek IANTD#173621
    60. Radosław Bieliński IANTD#110070
    61. Robert Goszczyński IANTD #121299
    62. Adam Borkowski IANTD#122196
    63. Maciej Jarząbek IANTD#175712
    64. Sebastian Wąsowicz IANTD#160888
    65. Krzysztof Rejer CCR IANTD#173536
    66. Bartosz Ciomcia IANTD#144591
    67. Michał Stańko IANTD#175607
    68. Ania Ciura IANTD#170195
    69. Krzysztof Burza IANTD#100885
    70. Michał Winek IANTD#82975
    71. Katarzyna Kapłan IANTD#82571
    72. Łukasz Lechowicz IANTD#67572
    73. Michał Gwiżdż IANTD#119299
    74. Andrzej Piekarski IANTD#179215
    75. Tomasz Machalski IANTD#82529
    76. Rafał Duda IANTD#184933
    77. Maciej Bulkowski IANTD#163668
    78. Aneta Porada IANTD#173435
    79. Jarosław Kwiatkowski IANTD#136357
    80. Jowita Kozana IANTD#118014
    81. Stanislaw Krzeptowski - Sabała IANTD#138648
    82. Grzegorz Chimiak IANTD#170200
    83. Zbigniew Żytkowiak IANTD#185991
    84. Izabela Kruk IANTD#179112
    85. Daniel Ostrowski IANTD#161993
    86. Tomasz Michura IANTD#130454
    87. Adam Seweryn IANTD#101720
    88. Małgorzata Machalska IANTD#85238
    89. Łukasz Bulsiewicz IANTD#178648
    90. Bartek Witul IANTD#170082
    91. Jacek Mazur IANTD#176316
    92. Andrzej Holka IANTD#119594
    93. Tomasz Czubkowski IANTD#169568
    94. Izabela Kącka IANTD#185046
    95. Dariusz Bułka IANTD#116700
    96. Maciek Ogrodnik IANTD#170199
    97. Małgorzata Barańska IANTD#136364
    98. Bartłomiej Kamiński IANTD#161712
    99. Michał Leszczyński IANTD#170147
    100. Michał Piekarewicz IANTD#186434
    101. Ryszard Gmiter IANTD#108047
    102. Krzysztof Puciaty IANTD#16654
    103. Robert Karaszewski IANTD#176869
    104. Dariusz Dynarzewski IANTD#8002
    105. Adam Jaworski IANTD#160900
    106. Jarek Macedoński IANTD#170198
    107. Monika Ławrynowicz IANTD#117622
    108. Paweł Dubiel IANTD#162780
    109. Gracjan Stec IANTD #164535
    110. Tomasz Wójcik IANTD#77825
    111. Robert Malinowski IANTD#175731
    112. Tomek Dąbrowa IANTD#119300
    113. Jacek Kapczuk IANTD#164475
    114. Irena Gilwatowska IANTD#165166
    115. Emilian Stęchlicki IANTD#178746
    116. Krzysztof Ślusarczyk IANTD#185065
    117. Tomasz Płociński IANTD#119541
    118. Marcin Tracz IANTD#178725
    119. Tomek Rzepecki IANTD#108861
    120. Marcin Królik IANTD#176212
    121. Chrystian Przybylski IANTD#99122
    122. Jacek Marek IANTD#170086
    123. Artur Mielcarek IANTD #144637
    124. Konrad Małek IANTD#176127
    125. Rafał Tomaszewski IANTD#176129
    126. Gabriela Grézlová IANTD#135067
    127. Agnieszka Bariatien IANTD#178640
    128. Piotr Łoś IANDT#161718
    129. Paweł Nowacki IANTD#138519
    130. Konrad Stachowicz IANTD#171933
    131. Jezzy Wo IANTD#???
    132. Zbigniew Zborowski IANTD#???
    133. Victoria Iwanowska IANTD#???
    134. Marcin Jamkowski IANTD#???
    135. Lucyna Łukaszów IANTD#173431
    136. Marzena Rudak-Stęchlicka IANTD#170196
    137. Marczello Georgiew IANTD#460348
    138. Jakub Pawlak IANTD#169515
    139. Piotr Ginter IANTD#165455
    140. Bartek Wiendlocha IANTD#120790
    141. Jarosław Czapla IANTD#162885
    142. Grzegorz Stępień IANTD#67706
    143. Krzysztof Biały IANTD#66693
    144. Adam Kulczycki IANTD#64345
    145. Adam Słucki IANTD#7811
    146. Aleksandra Stępień IANTD#87759
    147. Damian Idzikowski IANTD#122279
    148. Adrian Sapota IANTD#179563
    149. Zbigniew Witul IANTD#170083
    150. Andrzej Zwetler IANTD#81715
    151. Paweł Smolarkiewicz IANTD#96771
    152. Ondřej Kopecký IANTD#68483
    153. Andrzej Golka IANTD#104857

    Attachments to letter to Tom Mount:
    1. Wojciech Nowak's explanation:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/explenations%20Wojciech%20Nowak.jpg

    2. 1st INTERNAL LETTER to IANTD dated 4 March 2017:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/1st%20INTERNAL%20LETTER%20to%20IANTD%20dated%204%20March%202017.jpg

    3. "New IANTD's ethical standards" - received from Aleksander Mikula on 13 March 2017 after accident in Fontanazzi cave:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/IANTD%20nev%20standards.jpg

    4. 1st OPEN LETTER dated 21 March 2017:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/1st%20OPEN%20LETTER%20dated%2021%20March%202017.pdf

    5. Summary of letter from Tom Mount to Instructors dated 22 March 2017:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/Summary%20of%20letter%20from%20Tom%20Mount%20to%20Instructors%20dated%2022%20March%202017.pdf

    6. Letter from Instructors to Tom Mount dated 24 March 2017:
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/Letter%20from%20Instructors%20to%20Tom%20Mount%20dated%2024%20March%202017.pdf

    7. The official letter from IANTD HQ to Krzysztof Starnawski dated 25 March 2017
    http://serwer1774609.home.pl/fontanazziaccident/The%20official%20letter%20from%20IANTD%20HQ%20to%20Krzysztof%20Starnawski%20dated%2025%20March%202017.png

    Movie showing Fontanazzi cave
    https://vimeo.com/212415090

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Truly sorry for the diver who died and my condolences to his family and loved ones. I have had my fight in the past with another big dive organization and ever since I have no respect for them. Obviously there is always two sides of the story, but it seems that making another dime worth more than somebody's life. It is very sad to where the dive indsutry has "evolved" in the past decade.
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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Krzysztof Starnawski has now been given the boot foe ethics violations.

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    My respect to all those who are willing to stand for what they believe is right and do not let intimidation weaken their spine!

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    My respect Starnas for You and other instructors standing by the principals.
    Shame on you IANTD!
    Manny good teachers within that organization- too bad they will not get my money.

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Quote Originally Posted by AzTek Diver  View Original Post
    Krzysztof Starnawski has now been given the boot foe ethics violations.
    Say Whut?

    Krzysztof Betiuk died...

    http://www.polacywewloszech.com/2017...nazzi-vicenza/

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    Quote Originally Posted by whynot?  View Original Post


    The author of the letter, Starnas, was suspended by IANTD for "ethics violations" over his complaints. Andrzej Kruczkowski is still an active IANTD instructor despite the student who died in his class. Crazy isn't it?

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Quote Originally Posted by rjack  View Original Post
    The author of the letter, Starnas, was suspended by IANTD for "ethics violations" over his complaints. Andrzej Kruczkowski is still an active IANTD instructor despite the student who died in his class. Crazy isn't it?
    It is a shame for IANTD.
    Starnas, my hat down in sign of respect for your act! Same for all others joining the cause!

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    Quote Originally Posted by rjack  View Original Post
    The author of the letter, Starnas, was suspended by IANTD for "ethics violations" over his complaints. Andrzej Kruczkowski is still an active IANTD instructor despite the student who died in his class. Crazy isn't it?
    Got it, thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: A second Open Letter to Tom Mount nad HQ IANTD

    way to go guys just cut up my c card

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