Fort Wil­liam busi­ness wins top prize for diver safety

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

A LEAD­ING sub-sea train­ing and tri­als fa­cil­ity in Lochaber has picked up a top UK prize.

The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre in Fort Wil­liam tri­umphed in the In­no­va­tion for Safety Award for its role in im­prov­ing diver safety through devel­op­ment of Com­mer­cial En­riched Air Nitrox train­ing.

The cen­tre was up against stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Canyon Off­shore and JDR Ca­ble Sys­tems for the cov­eted ac­co­lade, which recog­nises in­no­va­tion that has sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to im­prov­ing safety within the sec­tor. The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre was the first to re­spond to an iden­ti­fied short­fall in the com­mer­cial div­ing sec­tor for train­ing in the use and su­per­vi­sion of Nitrox as a breath­ing medium but, with the help of sev­eral in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, the cen­tre de­vel­oped a course to ad­dress this.

Com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Steve Ham said: ‘This award is recog­ni­tion that our train­ing has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the aware­ness of the safety is­sues sur­round­ing div­ing us­ing Nitrox, and es­pe­cially to the sup­port­ing per­son­nel of a Nitrox div­ing op­er­a­tion.

‘The devel­op­ment of Nitrox train­ing is part of our strat­egy of con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing our com­mer­cial div­ing cour­ses to meet in­dus­try needs. All divers tak­ing our air div­ing course pack­ages re­ceive this im­por­tant ad­di­tional course.’

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