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Namaka Subsea partner with Brazilian Divers University to provide training for Air Diving Supervisors

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11 June 2021

In December 2019, the IMCA Diving Division Management Committee (DDMC) decided to launch a temporary scheme for Portuguese speaking diving supervisors to help improve the competency of supervision in offshore operations. The scheme was set up as it had come to IMCAs attention that diving contractors in Brazil wishing to join the diving division were struggling to meet the requirements for diving supervisors to gain IMCA certification.

As a result of this new IMCA Scheme, Namaka Subsea began talks with the Brazilian Divers University to see if there was an opportunity to assist and aid their candidates to progress their careers and gain the required qualifications. After discussions back and forth, we were delighted when they advised that they would like to enter into a formal partnership. The partnership will see Namaka Trainings current course catalogue translated into Portuguese, including our IMCA, approved Trainee Offshore Air Diving Supervisor course.

The courses will be presented in English or Portuguese with a translator through our Online Learning Management System or via a virtual classroom.

Divers University has been operating in the commercial diving market since 2000 and is the only training centre for divers in Latin America holding the two most significant international certifications for professional diving: ADCI and IMCA.

Located within the Faculty of Physical Education of Santos (FEFIS), So Paulo, the School has an excellent infrastructure for the training of professionals working in the national and international diving market: semi-Olympic swimming pool and five-metre deep tank, both covered and heated, classrooms with slate and projector, an auditorium for 300 people equipped with air conditioning and projector, gym, hyperbaric chamber fully equipped for treatments and simulations, seals, recharging station for gaseous mixtures, in addition to all the necessary equipment to practice diving, whether technical, recreational or professional.

Sandy Harper, CEO of Namaka Group, said: "As we extend our services into the Latin American market, we are extremely happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with Divers University. We are confident a quality synergy will be realized as we are committed to distinguishing ourselves by adding value to the Divers University portfolio of training, to assist with the continued professional development of diving personnel in the region.