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A reinvigorated aquaculture industry, coupled with an expected summertime hiring frenzy, means some of the best new jobs this summer in Vancouver Island, Canada, might just be underwater, according to Canadian commercial dive training school DiveSafe International.
“Summer may be more than a few months off, but employers are already starting to plan for the busy season,” explained Kelly Korol, director of Campbell River-based DiveSafe. “The past few summers have seen things really booming in the dive industry, particularly here on the Island, and this year looks to be more of the same.
“The re-opening of several fish farms on the coast, along with international demand for certain seafood items like urchins and geoduck, has paved the way for improved job opportunities for commercial divers. We’re already getting inquiries about course graduation dates from our contacts in the industry.”
To meet the increased demand, DiveSafe has added a five-week Occupational Scuba diver course. The course is timed so that when students graduate, they will be ready to capitalise on the increased requests for summertime divers, said Korol.
“This course is a great first step into diving professionally and comes at the perfect time – not only in terms of job availability but in terms of the state of the industry,” Korol added.
DiveSafe’s new course comes hot on the heels of another recent addition to its course schedule, also added to keep pace with rising demand for qualified divers. The Unrestricted Surface Supply (USS) diver course, which DiveSafe first offered in January, covers everything from underwater welding to compression chambers, preparing graduates to handle anything to do with construction, aquaculture, harvesting and even research, according to the school. The next USS course, which Korol calls “the ultimate diving course”, is set to start in August.
“For those who’ve already got some certification, the Unrestricted Surface Supply course is the next logical step,” said Korol. “The students who are currently enrolled are having a great time, and there are significant early registration incentives for the August course.”
“If you want to work in the commercial diving industry, now’s the time to make it happen,” he adds. “You have an opportunity right now to get a steady, high-paying job that’s also a lot of fun.”
KB Associates Europe (KBAE) in Aberdeen, UK, has announced the appointments of Tim Chesshire as general manager and Natasha Attrill as subsea consultancy manager. The appointments are a significant demonstration of KBAE’s commitment to enhance the strength of its service offerings in Europe, America and Africa, said a company spokesman.
“Tim brings with him a scientific background and more than 40 years of diving and offshore experience. He previously fulfilled the roles of diving safety advisor and technical authority in the UK after a range of work worldwide as a diving consultant and 25 years with a major operator,” said the spokesman.
“I am delighted to join the KBA family and am very much looking forward to working with such a motivated and professional team with a vast range of skills and experience as we expand and develop our business around the world,” said Chesshire.
Natasha Attrill qualified with a BSc in Physics in 2006, and since then has worked within the subsea energy industry, primarily providing consultancy services to dive, ROV, construction and IRM scopes of work for operators and contractors globally, with a focus on competence assurance and high quality deliverables.
She said: “I am excited to join KBA Europe to be a part of the continued growth of both the consultancy and training services to the energy industry in support of safe and efficient operations. In a challenging market, the timing is ideal for a ‘fit for purpose’ and cost effective service.”
KBAE has also announced it is to launch a new combined course of Diving System Assurance Training and Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis Awareness (FMECA), with the first run scheduled for May 2017.
“The five-day combined course is aimed at enhancing the knowledge of personnel who already work in the diving industry and equip them with the basic foundation necessary for auditing or FMECA consultancy or to work with auditors in a constructive sense as an auditee when the auditor visits the asset on which they are working. In this way, the combined course extends the delegates working potential or enhances their present situation,” KBAE said.