Training centre addresses Asia Pacific skills shortageTraining // March 11, 2015
A diver training facility in Tasmania is helping address the skills shortage in the Asia Pacific subsea sector as it teams up with a Malaysian recruitment and training provider.
The Underwater Centre, Tasmania is working with a team of 21 candidates who have been put forward for training by Kuala Lumpur-based Samsian Solution & Services.
Samsian Solution & Services 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 required Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) Parts 1, 2 and 3 certifications, providing them with the necessary accreditation to work legally as a diver.
Part 1 of the training programme involves occupational SCUBA diving to 30m and includes training predominantly in the use of subsea hand-tools, in surveys and inspection diving, and rescue diving, while Part 2 is Occupational SSBA (Surface Supply) to 30m and includes pneumatic and hydraulic powered tools training, such as jack-hammering, needle-gunning and air-lift dredging. Students are also taught about salvage, construction, welding and burning.
Meanwhile, ADAS Part 3 is the entry-level qualification required for gaining work in the offshore industry and involves diving up to 50m, the deepest occupational ticket achievable on air. Part 3 sees the use of wet-bells, chamber use and operation, decompression diving, more rescues, offshore awareness, and advanced underwater work.