Knowledge is power.
In commercial diving, advanced certifications provide knowledge that increases confidence and marketability. Divers Institute of Technology (DIT) provides advanced training courses to further education for skills in high demand throughout the diving world.
DIT offers three primary options for advanced training
- Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)
- Diver Medic Technician
- Kirby Morgan Hat technician.
These courses are provided in addition to DIT’s primary commercial diving program.
Compete Better with Advanced Training
The advanced training courses are a diver’s form of professional development, similar to the way teachers attend seminars and conferences to improve their ability to educate.
The certifications provided through these courses “are certain specializations that a diver chooses because he or she has interest, aptitude, or perhaps other previous background/experience that make the diver a great candidate for more training in that specialty area ,“ says Michelle Perrigo, DIT’s Advanced Training Administrator.
Advanced Training Certification can begin at any point in a diver’s career. These courses are also available for returning DIT and non-DIT graduates.
While having some experience is helpful, it is not necessary as a prerequisite to register.
Beyond First Aid: Diver Medic Technician Certification
In any commercial diving job, sickness or injury can occur. And when that happens, a diver medic technician (DMT) can offer life-saving care. In fact, more and more companies require one or more of their divers to be a DMT not only for emergencies but for preventative measures.
“With [commercial diving] and all industries taking an increased focus on safety, dive companies and the prime contractors they work for are requiring DMT’s on all jobs”, says Matt Jones, DIT’s Deep Dives instructor.
‘“We aren’t to the point where everyone on the dive side needs to be a DMT, but I would not be shocked to see that in the future as a ‘Best Practice’.”
A diver with DMT certification has more leverage in landing jobs and typically receives a higher salary than other crew members.
DMT vs. EMT: A Key Difference in Diving
An EMT (emergency medical technician) “is restrained to providing basic life support with virtually no invasive procedures”, explains Matt. An EMT can assist a patient in giving their own epi-pen for example, but they do not have medications for treatment of diagnosed conditions.”
DMT’s, however, are required to know and perform more complicated procedures. “These procedures include IV’s, sutures, intermediate and advanced airways, urinary catheters and chest tubes,” Matt explains.
The DMT course at DIT is a 10-day course that includes hands on practice of real-life scenarios and is partially taught by a diver physician.
From CPR training to working in a recompression chamber, students plunge into the world of medical treatment for divers. They are given a well-rounded experience to help them succeed as DMT’s outside of the classroom.
Even with the best education possible, Sam Green, DIT’s DMT course director, identifies the key to real success: trust.
“If they trust you, they’ll come to you. That’s why it’s important to constantly get in the books. Never stop learning, and understand all the things that could potentially go wrong.”
Head Smart: Kirby Morgan Hat Technician Certification
The hat: It’s the most important piece of equipment a diver owns.
Without the hat, divers couldn’t work.
Extended knowledge of testing and repairing a diving helmet increases a diver’s confidence in the life-saving equipment he or she wears day-to-day. Not to mention saving money on tests and repairs that would otherwise have to be outsourced.
According to Bobby, DIT’s Director of Life Support and Course Instructor, “The main benefit to having your Kirby Morgan hat technician certification is that you can service your own gear. Just servicing your personal gear yourself can save you $1500.00 to $2000.00 every three years because you do not have to pay someone else to service your equipment.”
Another benefit he describes is employment and marketability.
“If your company doesn’t have any work going on out in the field, you can help in the shop servicing gear.” Additionally, “if [a company] can have a hat tech on a dive team that can fix hats on the fly, then the divers don’t lose dive time due to gear that is down for repair.”
The Skills & the Class
“Students that take the course come away with a better knowledge of how the hat works so that if there is a problem that arises they are able to know what is wrong with the hat and how to fix it,” Bobby says.
Another important reason to take the course is learning to care for the gear divers wear everyday. “These hats are very expensive and if you do not take care of them then they will start to break down, and it will cost them a lot of money in repairs. But if you take care of them they will last you your whole career with only a minor amount of routine and preventive maintenance.”
The class is a two-day course that includes a day learning about the legal side of hat repair, and a day tearing apart a hat and putting it back together.
From Classroom to Career
Advanced Training is one of the best ways for divers to move forward in their careers. DMT, Kirby Morgan Hat, and NDT training are all part of a comprehensive way to advance a diver’s skills.
For individuals who tend to steer clear of the 9-5 office job, additional certification through DIT’s Advanced Training courses enables divers to venture into a longer and more prosperous career.
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