Best wishes for the holiday season

All the very best to everyone for our holiday season here in Australia; enjoy your holidays if you celebrate Christmas and New Year, and to all our clients, colleagues and friends, we wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous year in 2018.

It has been a pleasure working with all of our clients and colleagues during 2017. Some highlights have been catching up with international friends and colleagues at the IMCA seminars and the European Diving Technology Committee meeting in Europe, assisting with ADAS Train the Trainer training in Australia and New Zealand, working with the Dive Supervisor Training Simulator, and finishing up with running the face-to-face component of the Dive Project Management course in Byron Bay, near our hometown, where we enjoyed meeting new people with an array of interesting experience, and renewing old friendships with our guest speakers.

We will be taking a little time off between Christmas and New Year, with our office closed from 22nd Dec through to 2nd January. We will also be unavailable from 4th to 17th February taking a much-needed break on a cruise ship, so we won't be contactable by e-mail or phone during much of that time. We will check e-mails occasionally, but if it is urgent, please send a text message as well to 0439842237 - although there may still be a few days delay. If it is urgent and related to our work with the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme, please contact the ADAS office instead - contact details at their website www.adas.org.au.

Once again, best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year.


IMCA Diving seminar, London, September 2017

Our recent visit to the IMCA Diving Seminar in London proved to be an invaluable learning and networking opportunity. Once again, re-engaging with past contacts, meeting new people and hearing new ideas has re-ignited our enthusiasm to try to contribute to improving safety, efficiency, and effectiveness in the commercial diving industry.

There is a host of valuable information on the IMCA website at https://www.imca-int.com/ While some of it is for members only, there is a lot available to anyone in the industry, such as the Making Waves publication, safety alerts and so on. Don't forget that a large part of your professional development is staying informed, so make the most of these resources.


Dive Supervisor training in Sydney

We continue to support the ADAS Dive Supervisor Training Simulator program, and next week we head off to Sydney to help with the Dive Supervisor course run by Professional Diver Training Academy (http://www.profdivers.com/professional-divers-training-academy/)

Remember that the simulator is also available for undertaking recognised panel time (work experience), so if you are a trainee offshore supervisor who needs a bit more panel time, contact us, ADAS or Professional Diving Services to arrange your session.


Dive Supervisor Training in Sydney

I enjoyed working with the simulator once again in Sydney, assisting with the dive supervisor training course being run by the Professional Diver Training Academy from the new premises in Sydney.

The simulator was previously based in their Melbourne office, and was recently moved to Sydney to support their ongoing training programs. For more information about PDTA, visit their website at http://www.profdivers.com/professional-divers-training-academy/


Successful Re-accreditation of ADAS Qualifications

We were thrilled and relieved to hear that all the qualifications for ADAS have been approved and added to the scope of delivery. After a very lengthy project spanning 18 months and involving several very large documents submitted to the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority), this news is welcome indeed. For more detail on the qualifications themselves, visit the ADAS website at www.adas.org.au.

The complexity and breadth of the offerings from ADAS in the hyperbaric operations field gave rise to the challenge of developing and updating nearly 100 enterprise units of competency and reviewing and incorporating many nationally endorsed units from a range of training packages. These contribute to qualifications in diverse areas including commercial diving and supervisor; remotely operated vehicle pilots and technicians; supervisors and simulator operators; hyperbaric tunnelling workers and lock operators;  project managers and diving managers.

Active Learning Partners was responsible for coordinating industry consultation both nationally and internationally, undertaking job analysis, reviewing, writing and rewriting units of competency, redesigning the qualification structure to incorporate specialisations with a common core and preparing all of the materials for the application process and the extension to scope project.

Having been responsible for this process from the beginning in the year 2000 and through every renewal since then, we have seen the massively increased complexity and cost of compliance over the last 20 years in the vocational education and training area. While there is no doubt that this has enhanced the quality and consistency, there comes a point where too many training dollars are diverted into compliance instead of into the student and learner experience. Here's hoping that things will settle down in this sector, and we can streamline the compliance requirements and focus on our core business of providing a quality student experience.

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