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The Underwater Centre appoints new diver trainer

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World Pipelines,

Subsea training facility The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, has appointed a new Diver Trainer to support the increasing demand for its commercial diving courses.

David Loudon joins the Centre from Gilbert Diving PTY Ltd, where he spent the last three years as a diver and workshop manager.

Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) qualified and approved PADI master SCUBA trainer/technical diver, David brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

He has recently returned to the Centre after completing his Supervisor Training and Certificate IV TAE in Training and Assessment.

David will be responsible for helping to ensure Australia’s newest commercial divers are trained to the latest health and safety regulations.

Having worked in both civil and commercial construction projects on a variety of repair, inspection and maintenance jobs - including piers, pipelines and dams - David will be able to expertly advise students on many aspects of the work they are likely to encounter in their diving careers.

The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, offers both air and mixed gas (saturation) commercial diver training, as well as practical, hands-on ROV pilot technician training, launched in 2014 to provide pilot technicians and diving students first-hand experience of working alongside one another.

David said: “My new role at The Underwater Centre is training our students to be ADAS qualified commercial air divers, which will involve working very closely with them to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required.

“I am most looking forward to working with and helping students achieve their goals, imparting some of my knowledge and experience to assist them to become safe, competent and effective working divers.”

Allan Brown, Operational Director at The Underwater Centre, added: “David is a very experienced diver and brings many years of experience to the Centre.

“David’s experience will be used to strengthen the offering we have to both individual and corporate customers at a time when the industry is on the up.

“The recent training he has undertaken demonstrates our staff are committed to ensuring our training is delivered at the highest possible standard and in compliance with ADAS requirements.”

The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, was set up to address the need for well-trained commercial divers in the South East Asia Pacific region in the early 1990s. The Centre’s expertise and experience in commercial air and mixed gas diving operations means that it is best placed to offer courses that meet the needs of industry.

Along with its sister school in Fort William, Scotland, The Underwater Centre Tasmania provides internationally accepted diving certification (ADAS from Tasmania, HSE from Fort William). The Underwater Centre’s key objective is to help deliver a competent workforce for the global oil and gas market.

Edited from source by Elizabeth Corner

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