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The benefits of simulator training for saturation diving supervisors
Struggling to get those final hours on the saturation bell diving panel or trying to complete your panel hours within the timeframe as per IMCA D013 (IMCA Offshore Diving Supervisor and Life Support Technician certification schemes) and IMCA C014 (Guidance on the Use of Simulators)? If you are having difficulty in achieving those final hours, Singapore-based KBA Training Centre could have a solution.
The Centre just announced the launch of Simulator Training for Saturation Diving Supervisor, which offers trainee bell diving supervisors the opportunity to gain up to 70 panel hours and 10 bell runs through a 35-hour hands-on experience on a Class B simulator.
“Career development is more than just training and getting a certificate – it should be about personal development,” the Centre says. “Regardless of which industry you’re in, continuously investing in your staff or in yourself and embracing a lifelong learning attitude is important for organisational growth and personal development. Those with the right mind-set – to be proactive, dare to take risks and undergo a journey of skills upgrading – will reap the benefits in their organisations and careers ahead.”
The Centre says the hurdle of completing the panel hours is feedback it often receives from many trainee diving supervisors. It says for those planning to progress to the supervisor role, taking on Simulator Training for Saturation Diving Supervisors is the obvious step forward for completing the required panel hours.
“The training will boost your confidence and enhance your competence and experience with a range of emergency drills and scenarios to an extent that cannot be achieved on a real diving panel; unless it’s a real emergency – but in that situation it might be too late for you to wonder what to do and how to react,” says the Centre.
It adds: “Not only valuable to trainee diving supervisors, the training also serves as competency development for certified diving supervisors wishing refresh their skills. The simulator training will prep you for the unexpected – just like the old Boy Scout motto ‘Be Prepared’!”
According to the Centre, bringing the system to the industry has involved great commitment from the developers and those involved with the diving scenarios (both in terms of money and effort). The Centre believes that such systems will greatly enhance the safety of diving operations. “There will always be naysayers who do not understand the process of developing our industry from the dinosauric ways of, ‘this is how we have always done training, so what’s wrong?’, to more effective and interactive training that meets the industry’s needs and requirements of today and the future,” it says. “Plus, there will also be individuals who simply look at the cost of training on the simulator without weighing up the benefits of career development – such as better jobs, an increase in remuneration and alternative career opportunities.”
The Centre stresses that the “opportunity cost” of retraining and restarting the panel hours after failing to complete them within the two- to three-year timeframe is much higher than signing up for the simulator training and gaining the required panel hours within the timeframe. “If we equate this monetary investment to personal development, the ROI (return on investment) is actually quicker than any other business ROI known, whereby there would be more than 100 per cent return on costs in a three- to four-week project,” it says.
The Centre concludes: “As the industry turns the corner from the downturn seen in recent years – with more DSVs on the market and increasing workloads – the vision of those wishing to work and develop their careers will be similar to that of those who believe in making the industry safer with enhanced training systems involving a range of technologies. There will be those early adopters who see this as a great opportunity versus the technophobes, who will be left wishing that they had given it a go earlier. Which group do you fall in?”