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2022 Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Darren Shea on receiving the 2022 ADAS Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence.

The Maurie Vierow Award of Excellence is an annual award overseen by ADAS and presented to an ADAS trainer who has shown exceptional dedication to the support and training of people in the hyperbaric industry in such a way that encourages high levels of safety, cooperation, and skill.

In August, Darren Shea of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) was chosen by the ADAS Board of Directors as the ideal candidate, and was presented with the award during the 2022 ADAS ATE Meeting held in Melbourne.

Ian Milliner (left) presents Darren Shae with the Maurie Vierow Award
Ian Milliner (left) presents Darren Shae with the Maurie Vierow Award


Darren’s navy career began in 2010 when he undertook Able Diver Warfare training before being posted to the operational dive team.  Since that time, Darren held a number of positions within the RNZN including being involved with the dive training school, and is now the ADAS Training and Assessment Manager (ATAM) at the school with full responsibility for all training and assessment processes within the dive school.

In addition to being heavily involved in diver training, Darren was also integral in training program development specific to the RNZN’s new dive and hydrographic vessel HMNZS Manawanui – a vessel which is able to operate offshore and has full working Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), dynamic positioning, and SSBA to 50m diving capability.

External to the RNZN dive school, Darren has also been involved in a number of search and recovery tasks that have led to him being awarded a Chief of Navy Commendation for commitment and courage, which is in addition to his NZ Defence Service Medal and Good Conduct badges.

Congratulations Darren, on this outstanding achievement.

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