A diver training facility in Tasmania is helping to 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 the Southeast Asia Pacific region.
The students are currently completing The Underwater Centre’s standard commercial diving training, 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 involves occupational scuba diving to 30 meters and includes training predominantly in the use of subsea handtools, in surveys and inspection diving, and rescue diving, while Part 2 is Occupational SSBA (Surface Supply) to 30 meters 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 50 meters, 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.
Based at Beauty Point, the center has been delivering diver education since 1996, and was originally created to address the demand for commercial diver training in the Southeast Asia Pacific region. It is the only school in the world to offer all levels of the internationally-accepted ADAS commercial diver certification, from ADAS Part 1 up to ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell.
The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, has a sister base in Fort William, Scotland.