Underwater centre appointment aims to forge bonds with offshore industry
COMMERCIAL diver and ROV training facility, The Underwater Centre, has made a senior appointment to further strengthen links between the Centre and the offshore industry.
James Ridgeway – formerly Subsea Training Manager at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen – has been appointed Training Operations Manager at the Fort William facility. He will be responsible for all aspects of training at the Centre, including ROV pilot technician training, as well as commercial air and saturation diver training.
The appointment comes at an important time for The Under- water Centre, which is developing new initiatives to respond to the needs and demands of industry for skilled personnel.
A former soldier, Ridgeway, 39, has had an international air diving career spanning more than 18 years. On leaving school he joined the British army as an infantryman at the age of 17, during which time he took his first diving qualifications and afterwards spent a number of years in the UK working as an inshore civil diver, before he progressed into offshore diving, becoming a DOL South African diving supervisor and ADC diving supervisor.
“The Underwater Centre is a long established training school and working here gives me the opportunity to bring together all the experience I have acquired over the years,” he said.
“The Centre is in a very good place at the moment – it is very much going through a period of change and is expanding projects into new global opportunities.”
James Ridgeway points to new global ventures for the centre