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Recognised Prior Learning Experienced Candidate Assessment

ADAS Closed Bell

Delivered in Russian

The Underwater Centre in Tasmania recently secured a contract worth US$1.3million to train Russian mixed gas (saturation) divers.

The Centre was awarded the contract to train 17 divers from MRTS, one of Russia’s largest construction contractors in the fuel and energy industry.  They spent a total of nine weeks at our Beauty Point facility in Tasmania, where they undertook a Recognised Prior Learning Experienced Candidate course and ADAS Closed Bell training, all of which were taught in Russian.

Due to increasing consumption of oil and gas in the Asia-Pacific region, the inflow of capital into the Russian oil and gas industry is expected to increase, along with the volume of exploration work.  This training is part of the investment MRTS is making to ensure they are well placed to take advantage of the increased demand that will result. It is intended to help them reach the level of safety and competency that is expected from international diving operations.

The men, already experienced air divers, were trained on saturation procedures and techniques and will receive the ADAS Closed Bell certification on completion of training.  They also completed an air course (ADAS Recognition of Prior Learning Experienced Candidate Assessment Course) prior to the saturation diver training allowing them to complete the ADAS surface supplied diving examinations and gain their ADAS certification, an internationally recognised qualification.

All documentation for the courses was translated into Russian, and we had a number of Russian translators on-site throughout the training to assist during the course.

MRTS Managing Director Alexander Kolikov said: ‘We are delighted with the training our divers received in Tasmania. The Underwater Centre has a reputation which focuses on quality and safety and this has been evident in the training of our divers.

‘Oil and gas firms in Russia are currently facing a skills shortage due to the rapidly increasing amount of exploration work underway at the moment.  By investing in the training of our divers in saturation diving, we are addressing this need for experts in maintenance and repair activities vital to maintaining Russia’s subsea infrastructure.’

The Underwater Centre’s Tasmania General Manager Allan Brown described the contract as ‘fantastic news’, not just for The Underwater Centre, but the local economy as a whole.

‘The Russian contingent was an excellent team of men to work with – very professional and hard working, but the fact that we could teach them in Russian was a real bonus,’ he said.

‘We must give credit to MRTS who have decided to ensure their divers are trained in the level of skill and safety that we deliver here in Australia. Securing this contract will help us to develop our relationship with the Russian subsea industry and this will continue to grow as word of our world-class reputation continues to spread.’

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