SINGAPORE’S first commercial diving training program has been launched at the KBA Training Centre (KBAT) at the SAF Yacht Club, Changi.

Accredited by the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower to provide training for inland and inshore commercial diving, the courses also comply with Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA), Code of Practice for Diving at Work (Singapore Standards SS 511) and Technical Advisory (TA) for Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving Safety and Health.

KBAT managing director Darren Brunton said the company had worked with a variety of Singaporean authorities to develop the program, having started work on a pilot program in 2013.

“The authority has been very stringent in its assessment of the training schemes to ensure the highest standards are established and set,” he said.

The centre launched its first Level 1 commercial self contained underwater breathing apparatus (CSCUBA) training course in January, hosting trainees from two local diving companies, local shipyards and individuals from Singapore, Malaysia, India and British nationals.

There are a total of four levels of training up to Commercial Diving Supervisor level; with each competency standard outlining the minimum requirements that must be achieved before progressing to the next level of training.