ADAS has welcomed a new Board Chair Dr Stuart Cannon, and Board Member, Ben Law, as we farewell Board member Wendy Chambers and Chairman Ian Milliner, and thank Ian for his ten years of service on the ADAS Board.
ADAS Assistance to TUCT Students
Since the unexpected closure of The Underwater Centre Tasmania (TUCT) in September 2017, ADAS has been working hard to provide both financial and training assistance to students who were adversely affected by the closure. ADAS is happy to share that the first group of students assisted have just completed their training in Scotland and will soon gain ADAS certifications.
After suddenly learning of the TUCT closure, ADAS immediately commenced discussions with various organisations, including the liquidators, to identify all students who had been affected by the closure. As a result of those discussions ADAS has been able to secure training places for many of the affected students with The Underwater Centre (TUC) located in Scotland, other ADAS accredited training establishments, or has been able to assist with expenses or refunds. The first group of students to be offered training places traveled to Scotland and began their training in October, those students are due to complete their courses in late December.
In addition to the students currently training in Scotland, others are scheduled to commence their training in early 2018.
Some students elected to continue their training with other ADAS training establishments (ATEs) and have either completed their training or are scheduled to begin courses in early 2018. The ADAS ATEs who helped went to great lengths to ensure students were supported as much as possible, something which is greatly appreciated not only by the students but also by ADAS.
While the TUCT closure and the ensuing issues have been quite difficult for the many people involved, it is heartening to see so many people work together to help others and to achieve the great results that we are now seeing. Thank you to everyone who has assisted in some way.