Supervisor

Offshore Air and Bell Supervisor

Course overview

Having qualified and been certified as an ADAS Trainee Air & Bell Supervisor (or accepted equivalent), candidates are then required to undertake further supervised on-the-job training as detailed below and undertake a final theory assessment. Successful completion of this additional assessment qualifies the trainee supervisor for substantive qualification and certification. Substantive certification authorises the candidate to undertake independent Offshore Air & Bell Supervision duties.

This module is the final step in the certification process for Offshore Air & Bell Supervisors and is an examination process only with applications are to be made directly to ADAS.

Prior to presentation for this module students must not only have achieved the prerequisite panel hours as a Trainee Air & Bell Supervisor and the required offshore dives, but must also be recommended by an offshore contractor company following satisfactory offshore reports confirming competence in accordance with the ADAS guidance on competence assurance and assessment.

The ADAS Offshore Supervisor application package will provide further information and details about the Offshore Supervisor scheme.

Course standards

This course meets the requirements of:

  • Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Offshore diving Supervsion). National Qualification Code: 10181NAT.

Student prerequisites

Having qualified as a Trainee Air & Bell supervisor, personnel must additionally fulfill the following minimum requirements before sitting the ADAS Offshore Bell Supervisors assessment and receiving subsequent certification by ADAS:

  • Have acted as a trainee air diving supervisor on at least 10 offshore commercial air dives
  • Have logged at least 350 panel hours (under direct supervision) offshore on a minimum of 50 bell runs over a minimum period of 90 days working as a trainee bell diving supervisor
  • Have logged at least 360 panel hours at any time working either as a Life Support Technician (LST) or as an Assistant LST (ALST)
  • Have been recommended by an offshore contractor company following satisfactory offshore reports confirming competence in accordance with the ADAS guidance on competence assurance and assessment.

Note: Application to sit the assessments must be made within three years of successful completion of the trainee course and at least half the required panel hours should have been obtained in the two years prior to the application being made.

Competencies

The following units of competency will be fulfilled upon successful completion of the Offshore Supervisor Air process:

  • ADASUP501A Manage people in diving or hyperbaric operations
  • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
  • ADASUP502A Implement and monitor occupational health and safety programs in hyperbaric operations
  • ADASUP503A Undertake role of the dive supervisor
  • ADASUP504A Apply knowledge of diving physics and physiology and perform associated calculations
  • ADASUP505A Manage diving illnesses and medical emergencies
  • ADASUP506A Manage risk associated with dive operations
  • ADASUP507A Conduct dive operations
  • ADASUP508A Plan dive operations
  • ADASUP509A Implement plant, equipment and maintenance procedures
  • ADASUP510A Supervise on site chamber operations
  •  ADASUP511A Supervise use of tools in a dive operation
  • ADADMT427A Administer oxygen in hyperbaric chambers and in general emergencies
  • ADACON420A Perform underwater work in the construction sector
  • ADADIV474A Work safely in offshore diving operations
  • ADASUP512A Work effectively in a supervisory role in hyperbaric operations
  • ADASUP513A Supervise stage-assisted diving
  • ADASUP514A Supervise offshore air diving
  • ADASUP526A Supervise closed bell diving
  • Elective: ADASUP524A Supervise enriched air nitrox diving
  • Elective: ADASUP527A Supervise use of mixed gas in dive operations

Delivery & Assessment

Before applying to sit the ADAS assessments, candidates must meet all the prerequisite criteria and have progressed in accordance with the scheme.

Assessments have been devised to test personnel judged by their companies to be ready for promotion to Offshore Air & Bell Diving Supervisor.

The assessment includes knowledge of equipment and emergency procedures specific to the use of mixed gas and Closed Bell equipment. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the sections and must also achieve a minimum of 75% over the whole assessment.

Assessment Procedures and Fees

Application to sit an assessment must be made to ADAS in the prescribed form by the candidate’s sponsoring company, be signed by the company’s nominated signatory (who will normally be the operations or safety manager or someone of equal or higher standing within that company) and be accompanied by copies of all the documents specified on that form.

Application to sit the assessment must be made within three years of successful completion of the relevant trainee course and at least half the required panel hours should have been obtained in the two years prior to the application being made. Applicants who do not comply with these requirements may be referred to the ADAS Certification Schemes Administrator for a decision by the Assessment Panel and it should be understood that additional training and/or offshore experience may be required.

Acceptance to sit an assessment is valid for one year from the date acceptance is given and, should a candidate not have sat the assessment within that year, the applicant will be required to make a new application. It should be understood that additional training and/or offshore experience may be required.

All candidates will be charged the current fee for each assessment module and for any re-sit. Changes to the fees will be announced as they occur.

Assessments can be sat at a variety of locations and will employ the services of a registered invigilation service. Individual arrangements will be made with individual applicants upon receipt of applications.

Supervision of assessments and the marking of papers will only be carried out by organisations or individuals approved by ADAS.

Candidates for Bell Diving Supervisor may be permitted to sit both the Offshore Air and the Offshore Bell assessment modules at the same time on the strict understanding that, should they fail the Offshore Air module, the Offshore Bell module will not be marked, and neither will any credit be given for a re-sit.

Assessment Results

Companies will be informed as to whether their candidates have passed or failed the assessments. No marks will be revealed and under no circumstances will assessment papers be returned to candidates or their sponsors after an assessment.

Failure

A candidate who does not achieve the required pass mark in any section of the assessment must wait 30 days from the date of assessment before re-sitting. Should the applicant fail a second time, they must wait a further 30 days before re-sitting. Should the applicant fail a third time, the applicant must wait for at least one year before the sponsoring company may apply again for him/her to resit the module. Such applications may only be made subject to additional supervisory experience having been gained in the intervening period and following satisfactory offshore reports confirming competence in accordance with the ADAS guidance on competence assurance and assessment.

A candidate who fails a compulsory module four times will be excluded from the scheme for a minimum period of two years from the date of the fourth failure, after which time they will have the opportunity of re-entering the scheme as an air or bell diver and proceeding in line with the requirements for initial candidates.

ADAS keeps a record of all candidates who attempt assessment modules.