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Course Overview

The Chamber Operator course is a stand-alone program for divers or non-divers. However, it is normally incorporated in the SSBA to 50m (Part 3) course. The program includes the operation and maintenance of decompression chambers.

All Part 3 and Part 3 (Restricted) divers will be certified specifically as Chamber Operators and this certification is relevant to non diving hyperbaric operations. ADAS Part 1 or Part 2 divers may be certified on successfully undertaking the six (6) day program detailed below. Non divers may also be certified as an ADAS Chamber Operator following a minimum of ten (10) days of training as detailed below.

The intent of the course is to prepare personnel with appropriate diving physics and physiology theory competencies and the practical skills necessary to safely operate a two place compression chamber for decompression, and recompression operations for diving operations and therapeutic treatments.

An Advanced Chamber Operator course is also available for those whose focus is on therapeutic chamber use.

Course Standards

The course meets the requirements of:

  • Chamber Operator: Partial completion of Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Chamber system).  National Qualification Code 10133NAT.
  • Advanced Chamber Operator: Partial completion of Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Chamber system). National Qualification Code: 10133NAT.

Note: If you study at an ADAS training establishment outside of Australia you may not be eligible for this Australian Qualifications Framework certificate. The ADAS licence, however, is issued at all ADAS training establishments.

Student Prerequisites

Applicants for the Chamber Operator program must:

  • Be a qualified diver or have completed the non-diver top up module (see below)
  • Have either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician certificate or a current First Aid certification from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within three (3) years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and that CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills have been refreshed within the 12 month period prior to the conclusion of the training program. The student’s First Aid qualifications must meet the competency requirements of AS/NZS 2299.1 Occupational diving operations standard operational practice.

Advanced Chamber Operator applicants must first hold the Chamber Operator certification.

Competencies

The following units of competency are completed:

Chamber Operator

  • ADAHYP401A Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • FSKNUM14 Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • ADAHYP436A Apply knowledge of physics to hyperbaric work
  • ADAHYP437A Assist with prevention and treatment of hyperbaric related illnesses
  • ADAHYP438A Prepare, operate and maintain twin-lock compression chamber

Advanced Chamber Operator

  • ADAHYP401A Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • ADAHYP402A Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • FSKNUM14 Calculate with whole numbers and familiar fractions, decimals and percentages for work
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • ADAHYP436A Apply knowledge of physics to hyperbaric work
  • ADAHYP437A Assist with prevention and treatment of hyperbaric related illnesses
  • ADAHYP438A Prepare, operate and maintain twin-lock compression chamber

Delivery & Assessment

Both diver and non-diver training and assessment is to be undertaken with an ADAS training facility.

Non-divers are to complete preliminary training before undertaking the full Chamber Operator course. This training includes:

  • physiology and anatomy
  • Boyle‘s law and how it applies to barotrauma of descent and ascent
  • Henry‘s law and how it applies to decompression sickness: signs and symptoms, predisposing factors, management and prevention
  • Dalton‘s law and how it applies to gas toxicity CO, CO2, O2, N2, signs and symptoms, predisposing factors, management and prevention
  • Charles‘s law and how it applies to hypothermia, hyperthermia, signs and symptoms, predisposing
  • factors, management, prevention, dysbaric osteonecrosis, legislation
  • standard air decompression tables.

Medical Training Solutions

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Singapore Salvage Engineers Training Centre

No. 23 Shipyard Road Singapore

Professional Divers Training Academy (PDTA)

2 Sonia Street, Carrum Downs, VIC, 3201

Underwater Training Centre – South Australia (UTCSA)

PO Box 176, BURRA SA 5417, Australia

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