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Changes to Closed Bell Course Pre-requisites for Experienced Air Divers

Commercial divers in our closed bell during training at The Underwater CentreAs of April 2016, the experience commercial air divers need to have gained while working before they can attend closed bell training will change.

Experienced commercial air divers

At the moment, candidates attending the course need to have a minimum of 50 logged dives totalling at least 50 hours.  From 1st April 2016 this will increase to 100 logged dives totalling at least 100 hours; doubling the required dives a commercial air diver must have before attending a closed bell course.

Industry agreement

The decision to change the pre-requisites has come from industry agreement, from the IDRCF (International Diving Regulators and Certifiers Forum) and with input from IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association).

Industry agreed to make this change because of feedback that air divers training to become saturation, or mixed gas divers sometimes lacked enough diving experience.

Better for commercial divers and better for the industryAlf Leadbitter, Dive Training Authority The Underwater Centre Fort William Tasmania

Alf Leadbitter, Dive Training Authority at The Underwater Centre, who has been training commercial air and mixed gas divers for over 30 years, and contributed to the working group set up by the IDRCF commented on the changes;

‘These changes to the pre-requisites are welcomed by us as a commercial diving training provider; the more experience commercial divers have in industry before furthering their careers the better it will be for the divers and the industry in general.

‘Some members of the IDRCF had experience of recently-trained closed bell divers who weren’t able to carry out the work required of them when offshore.  While I can understand this point of view to a certain extent, we should also remember that closed bell training is training for equipment, and not for work.  We’re also not necessarily always training candidates for working offshore; at The Underwater Centre in Fort William and Tasmania we regularly train students who are going to be working in sat on inshore work, on dams, for example.’

Maximum training depth during the closed bell course

Another change that has been made to the closed bell training course itself is that the maximum depth students need to dive to has been reduced from 100m to 80m.

At The Underwater Centre, Fort William, we will continue to train students to 100m depth.

For details of the current pre-requisites visit our website; click here for details of the HSE Closed Bell Course in Fort William, UK; or click here for the ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell Course in Tasmania, Australia.  

Our Student Advisors can answer any questions you may have with regards to the existing or new pre-requisites.  For Fort William: email our Student Advisors on [email protected] or call +44 1397 703786.  For Tasmania: email our Student Advisors on [email protected] or call +61 3 6383 4844. 

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