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Tasmania training facility addresses diving skills shortage

The Underwater Centre is providing ADAS training for commercial divers
Tasmania training facility addresses diving skills shortage

The Underwater Centre in Tasmania is working with a team of 21 candidates who have been selected for training by Samsian Solution & Services (Samsian).

Samsian provides training and recruitment opportunities for personnel in the oil and gas, mining, water, power and maritime sectors in South East Asia.

The students are currently completing The Underwater Centre’s Standard Commercial Diving Training Package, which qualifies them to work onshore and offshore as commercial divers. The three-month training course includes the Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) Parts 1, 2 and 3 certifications.

Part 1 of the training involves occupational SCUBA diving to 30 m and includes training regarding subsea hand-tools, surveying and inspection diving and rescue diving. Part 2 is Occupational SSBA (Surface Supply) to 30 m and includes pneumatic and hydraulic powered tools training. Students are also taught about salvage, construction, welding and burning.

ADAS Part 3 is the entry-level qualification required for gaining employment in the offshore industry. This part involves diving up to 50 m, the deepest occupational ticket achievable on air. Part 3 provides instruction regarding wet-bells, chamber operation, decompression diving, offshore awareness and advanced underwater work.

Samsian spokesperson Jamie Tham said that they chose The Underwater Centre’s ADAS training for their candidates because of its recognition in the region’s oil and gas sector.

“Before being chosen to take up the training, each of the candidates must carry out a range of assessments and physical tests. They must also demonstrate their passion for being an ADAS-accredited diver and the work that will entail,” she said.

“The Underwater Centre has an excellent reputation in the industry and we have found the team of staff and instructors there to be very helpful. Commercial diving is a skill that is currently in high demand within our local industry, and most of the candidates will be able to secure a job with oil and gas contractors once they have completed the training. We will help them secure job placements within the industry.”

“The men are performing very well with a good level of theoretical knowledge and in-water prowess being displayed by them all. This has also been the case with regards to their attitude shown toward their training and tasks, and they are working very well as a team, learning the skills they will need in the real world,” said Herb Mitton, operations manager of The Underwater Centre.

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