Hydratight Signs Strategic Partnership with Professional Diving Academy

Hydratight Signs Strategic Partnership with Professional Diving Academy

Global joint integrity and engineering services company Hydratight has formed astrategic partnership with one of the world’s leading commercial diver training schools.

Hydratight and the UK-based Professional Diving Academy (PDA) will collaborateon specialist courses aimed at improving both subsea joint integrity and skills, aswell as diver safety.

The partnership aims to fill a gap in the current training provision for industrialdivers, initially offering a course on the subsea use of bolting tools with extensiveunderwater practical tuition — the only course of its kind in the world.

Currently the biggest problem for divers is that much of their formal training in theuse of subsea bolting and jointing equipment has to take place on dry land, ormore commonly during a sometimes disjointed training regime conducted byexperienced divers, often while a contract is running.

There simply hasn’t been anywhere for divers to learn how to operate specialisttools underwater from experts - and these aren’t skills that should be learned onthe job,” said Hydratight’s global competency leader, Jason Barnard.

"when bolt tensioners, torque wrenches and other powered equipment is taken underwater, everything changes: weight, handling, the forces employed, the timetaken and many more critical factors, are all different.

“Generally, engineers don’t go underwater because they aren’t divers; diversdon’t know the best uses of the equipment because they aren’t experts in theprocedures and tools.

“We aim to bridge that gap by offering specialist training where it should bedelivered — both in the classroom and underwater in realistic conditions, includinghighly-restricted visibility.”

The PDA offers Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Scottish QualificationsAuthority (SQA), accredited commercial diver construction and inspection trainingfor delegates around the world. The organisation has a well-establishedreputation for delivering highly-advanced courses. It recognised and respondedto a critical gap in specialised subsea training and found Hydratight, with itsrenowned expertise and commitment to technician training, an ideal strategicpartner.

“With several high-profile leaks from offshore oil and gas flow lines makinginternational headlines recently, we feel that divers should have a mechanismthat allows them to train on this highly specialist equipment and associatedprocedures in the proper working environment,” said PDA’s training manager NeilMacMillan.

Both organisations anticipate that courses will be available in early 2012 run byHydratight and PDA experts at the academy’s extensive wet and dry trainingfacilities in Dunoon, Scotland and through a strategic network of training facilitiesworldwide.

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