In the few places where occupational diving is not formally regulated under national law (e.g. remote Russian and African offshore oil fields), it is generally subject to requirements to conform with industry codes of practice (e.g. the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving – IMCA D 014). Such codes are developed as part of contractor and operator due diligence and are imposed because the international community has an expectation that the organisations that create the risk will put appropriate measures in place to manage that risk.
A fundamental aspect of all these risk management arrangements is that occupational divers must be able to prove to the regulator, and/or to a prospective employer, that they have the knowledge, skills and abilities to undertake the diving and the underwater work required.
All around the world, such proof relies on being able to produce a credible certificate of competency awarded by one of the handful of reputable certification agencies.
ADAS is a foundation member of the International Diving Regulators & Certification Forum (IDRCF – comprised of all the mainstream international certification schemes) and has formal mutual recognition arrangements with those and other countries and with appropriate industry peak bodies. These agreements ensure that the ADAS licence to dive is recognised as equivalent to the IDRCF-member diving qualifications or to those that form the basis for the industry-based certification arrangements.
These agreements ensure that ADAS divers can operate in that country’s jurisdiction with their ADAS certificate or by crossover to the national certification.
But, as well as these formal, mainstream arrangements, ADAS qualifications have achieved recognition and acceptance throughout the world because of the Scheme’s leading international status, world class training standards and its mutual recognition arrangements with the other mainstream certification schemes.
ADAS-certified personnel are employed around the world – in Africa, Antarctica, Canada, China, Russia, South America, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabian, the USA – the list goes on and ADAS divers are out there getting down and dirty. Divers have come to ADAS for training and certification from all round the globe – from Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Jamaica, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South America, Sweden, Turkey, the UAE, the USA, etc, etc. As noted above, they work all around the world wherever high quality divers are needed.
In Australia, most divers are required by law to have an ADAS certificate before they can enter the occupational diving workforce. ADAS certification provides the legally required entry qualification necessary to work in onshore construction diving, the offshore oil and gas industry and aquaculture diving in South Australia.
A few others, however (e.g. scientific divers, fish collectors, pearl and abalone divers), are not legally obliged to have an ADAS certification.
Why should these divers spend the time, money and effort to gain an ADAS qualification?
Here are some good reasons for you to think about: