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Course Overview

The Life Support Technician (LST) consists of both the Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST) program and LST program which builds on the skill and knowledge gained in the ALST program.

Both programs prepare people who have relevant industry experience to:

  • work safely as a part of a bell dive team; and
  • maintain an environment to sustain life within the saturation diving complex.

Course Standards

The courses meets the requirements of:

  • ALST: Partial completion of Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Saturation system). National Qualification Code: 11006NAT.
  • LST: Certificate IV in Hyperbaric Operations (Saturation system). National Qualification Code: 11006NAT.

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 both the ALST and LST courses must:

  • Be a qualified diver or have completed the non-diver top up module (see below)
  • Hold either a recognised current Diver Medic Technician certificate or a current First Aid certificate from an accredited training organization (i.e. has been certified within 3 years of the conclusion of the proposed training program) and CPR and oxygen resuscitation skills must 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.

Competencies

Assistant Life Support Technician

The Assistant Life Support Technician course contains core units as well as non-diver top-up components which are necessary for any applicant who is not from a commercial diving background.

The following units of competency are included:

  • BSBWHS211 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • NAT11006001 Work safely in hyperbaric operations*
  • NAT11006002 Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • NAT11006036 Apply knowledge of basic physics and decompression tables to hyperbaric operations*
  • NAT11006041 Support hyperbaric operations with equipment monitoring and routine servicing
  • NAT11006042 Work safely and effectively as an assistant life support technician
  • NAT11006065 Apply knowledge of basic physics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to hyperbaric work
  • NAT11006074 Prepare to work safely in offshore diving operations*
  • NAT11006077 Complete closed bell and chamber surface procedures

          * Indicates required non-diver top-up units.

Life Support Technician

The following units of competency are included:

  • BSBWHS211 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • NAT11006001 Work safely in hyperbaric operations
  • NAT11006002 Maintain effective working relationships within dive or hyperbaric operations team
  • NAT11006003 Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and diving physics to diving
  • NAT11006004 Assess diving casualty and assist with first aid and treatment of diving illnesses and injuries
  • NAT11006036 Apply knowledge of basic physics and decompression tables to hyperbaric operations
  • NAT11006038 Prepare, operate and maintain twin-lock compression chamber
  • NAT11006041 Support hyperbaric operations with equipment monitoring and routine servicing
  • NAT11006042 Work safely and effectively as an assistant life support technician
  • NAT11006043 Maintain environment in saturation diving life support equipment
  • NAT11006044 Operate life support equipment as part of a team in saturation diving operations
  • NAT11006065 Apply knowledge of basic physics, anatomy, physiology and psychology to hyperbaric work
  • NAT11006074 Prepare to work safely in offshore diving operations
  • NAT11006077 Complete closed bell and chamber surface procedures

Delivery & Assessment

Applicants for both the ALST and LST courses must undertake the full training and assessment program with an ADAS training facility.  For those who wish to continue on to become a Life Support Supervisor (LSS) appointment to this role is made directly from the applicants offshore employer.

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