Supervisor

Offshore Air Supervisor

Course overview

Having qualified and been certified as an ADAS Trainee Air or 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 Supervision duties.

This module is the final step in the certification process for Offshore Air Supervisors and is an examination process only and 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 Supervisor and the required 200 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 assessment 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 Supervision). National qualification Code: 10181NAT.

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

Having qualified as a Trainee Offshore Air Supervisor personnel must additionally fulfill the following minimum requirements before sitting the ADAS Offshore Air Supervisors examination and receiving subsequent certification by ADAS:

  • Have logged at least 200 panel hours (under direct supervision) offshore on a minimum of 100 surface dives over a minimum period of 60 days working as a trainee air diving supervisor
  • Have demonstrated competence as an offshore air diver in accordance with the ADAS Competence Assessment Standard and have completed at least 200 offshore commercial air dives. In meeting this requirement, candidates may claim recognition of up to 40 onshore Part 3 SSBA dives provided such dives are run under offshore conditions including full air spread and recompression chamber onsite
  • 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 examination must be made within three years of successful completion of the training 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
  • 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.

Assessments in the theoretical aspects have been devised to test personnel judged by their companies to be ready for promotion to Offshore Air Diving Supervisor.

The assessment includes diving physics, diving physiology and knowledge of equipment and emergency procedures. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% in each of the three sections and must also achieve a minimum of 75% over the whole examination.

Assessment Procedures and Fees

Application to sit an examination must be made to ADAS in the prescribed form (as per the ADAS web site) 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 training 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. 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.

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.