Sea Discovery

New SCUBA Technology Offers Tool

A training course has been launched that gives seafarers and marine workers the ability to access the underside of their vessel in an emergency. Shallow water scuba diving technology is now available as a solution that can permit emergency inspections and minor repairs to be performed by trained crew using Mini B scuba gear. This can be for personal use or in compliance with relevant health and safety regulations. Intended for use at depths of less than 9 m, Mini B systems have been designed in the UK to be kept available for immediate use and to enable the wearer to enter the water with sufficient diving time to perform basic tasks.
A new Mini B training course has consequently been launched in the UK and is about to be introduced in the U.S. It enables marine workers and crew members to gain all of the know-how and experience needed to scuba dive safely to depths of 9 m using the advanced Mini B system. Because of the depth restriction, shallow water scuba diving is safer and easier to learn than conventional open-water diving. It cannot, however, replace the support provided by professional contract divers whose capabilities far exceed those of any Mini B diver. It can, however, be used as a last resort if professional divers are unavailable and it might enable a crew to overcome a difficult situation on their own.
“There are many occasions when it would be helpful to be able to find out what is happening beneath the surface of the water,” said Rob Hart, managing director of Mini B Shallow Water Scuba Products Ltd. “It consequently makes good sense for every crew to include a couple of people who are trained Mini B divers. It is quick, easy and inexpensive to achieve, yet the benefits can be priceless. When the course is combined with the low cost of the equipment it becomes possible for anyone to obtain everything they need for a lifetime of safe shallow water diving for under £1000. This is significantly less than the cost of the training and equipment needed for conventional open water diving and a fraction of the costs that can arise from some emergencies” he said.

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