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The Underwater Centre, UK, reports it is helping to increase its students’ employability in the downturn by adding new modules to its commercial air diving courses, “offering an enhanced package which cannot be found anywhere else in the world”.
The centre said its Premium and Construction diver training packages now also include: a Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox course; an MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections course; and IMCA Diver Medic Training (DMT) or IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST) training.
The modules have been added after consultation with industry and will provide students with important additions to their CVs in the current challenging climate, the centre said.
The MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections Course provides students with the knowledge and practical experience of working with and using bolt tensioning equipment. Delivered by an expert from Stork, UK, which also supplied the equipment, the course includes isolations, dismantling, inspection and assembly and tightening techniques in this specialist area.
The Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox Course gives a recognised industry qualification and ensures training in specific techniques around using nitrox as a diver.
The IMCA DMT is a highly sought after ticket and the centre’s course incorporates hands-on skills training with its decompression chamber and saturation and air diving systems.
The IMCA ALST certificate is seen as a good springboard to getting offshore – the majority of ALSTs work in this sector. This course will provide students with practical experience and exposure to a real saturation system, with mixed gas divers in training.
“This is a very challenging time for the oil and gas sector and we believe that these additions to our air diving courses will improve our students’ employability while also increasing the competency of new divers,” said Steve Ham, the centre’s commercial director.