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ADAS Updates – December 2023

The newly introduced ADAS Updates article aims to give an overview of ADAS activities since the previous newsletter was issued and will continue to be a regular feature in future newsletters. In this edition, we give information about the ADAS Executive Director attending the International Diving Regulators & Certifiers Forum 2023 meeting and provide a summary of ADAS activities in recent months.

IDRCF delegates photo

International Diving Regulators & Certifiers Forum (IDRCF) 2023

As an internationally recognised certification agency, ADAS works to improve the global recognition of diver qualifications by connecting with colleagues and agencies around the world.

In September the ADAS Executive Director, Amanda Sordes, participated in the 2023 IDRCF meeting, connecting with representatives from international regulators and certifiers including the UK (HSE), Norway (PSA), Canada (DCBC) South Africa (SADOL), France (INPP), IMCA, and USA (ADCI). The annual IDRCF meeting is an opportunity for regulators and certifiers to meet and exchange information for mutual benefit, with the aim of improving the safety and effectiveness of diver training and facilitate international recognition. ADAS has been an active member of the IDRCF since its inception in 2009, as a key part of its scope to promote the mobility of ADAS licence holders around the world through increased recognition and acceptance of the ADAS licence.

Topics this year included Closed Bell training requirements; standby diver support; fraudulent activities; and incident debriefs.

Dave Loudon presenting on the Dive Lab Guidelines
ADAS Activities August 2023 – December 2023

In recent months staff in the ADAS office have undertaken a large array of roles and tasks with activities ranging from training material development, to quality assurance activities, training provider support, and Standards Australia involvement. The following is a snapshot of some of the main work completed since August 2023.

Internal and External Stakeholder Engagement and Participation
  • Standards Australia participation: 4 technical committee meetings for SF20 and SF46
  • ADAS Board of Directors: 2 meetings of the whole Board including one face-to-face meeting; one Working Group meeting
Training materials update
  • Full mapping of Aquarium diver course units of competency and 2815.1 requirements
  • Development of updated Aquarium diver exam questions with the aim of creating an online Aquarium diver exam
  • Update of Aquarium diver assessment tools
  • Modification of all assessment tool formatting to reduce administration required by trainers and students
  • Full mapping of HLTINF006 unit of competency for Clinical Chamber Operator (CCO) course/exam
Quality assurance
  • Desktop audits: 5
    • Desktop audits These are audits of completed student training records against ADAS course requirements to ensure compliance with ADAS and AS 2815.
  • Phone and email post-course surveys: 251
    • Post-course surveys All students are contacted after their training is completed to allow them to provide feedback on ADAS courses, trainers, and training facilities.
ADAS Accredited Training Establishment (ATE) support
  • ATE conference: two day face-to-face conference in Brisbane. Guest speakers included Maurie Vierow on rebuilding of the Fitzroy River Crossing Bridge, Ken Loftus on Mental Health First Aid, and a presentation on the Dive Lab Guidelines for Diving accident chain of custody by ADAS Trainer Dave Loudon
  • 2 full ATE reaccreditation applications
  • 1 ATE extension to scope
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