Nitrox Training Shortlisted for Prestigious Subsea UK Award
Industry body Subsea UK have announced the finalists who are in the running to triumph at its 2017 business awards. Some of the country’s most innovative and successful subsea businesses have made it on to the final shortlist for the annual awards which seek to recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector. We are delighted to announce that The Underwater Centre has been shortlisted for the Innovation in Safety Award for our role in the development of Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox training.
Development of Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox training
The subsea industry identified that a shortfall existed in the previous training available for supervisors, technicians, project managers and divers on the subject of Nitrox as a breathing medium. A lack of theoretical knowledge by supervisors and clients is potentially hazardous. With the help of several industry professionals we set about developing a course to address this perceived need, and so improve the safety of an entire dive team involved with Nitrox diving operations.
Nitrox significantly increases efficiency of divers and used correctly can add to the safety of this potentially vulnerable individual. Nitrox also brings with it an increase in other risks not apparent when using air. Being shortlisted shows that our training has significantly increased the awareness of the safety issues surrounding diving using Nitrox and especially to the supporting personnel of a Nitrox diving operation.
Steve Ham, Commercial Director said, “This course very much falls within our strategy of continuously improving our commercial diving courses to cater for industry needs.”
Demonstrating that the UK subsea sector can rise to the challenge
Commenting on all of the finalists, Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said, “Despite the continued downturn, these finalists have demonstrated that the UK subsea sector has what it takes to rise to the challenge – identifying ways to improve productivity and deliver much needed efficiencies.
“This ceremony allows us to come together once a year and really celebrate the expertise and pioneering work for which the subsea industry is renowned. The finalists have all demonstrated how they are supporting the industry as it adapts to a new environment which can deliver lasting results in the years to come.”