On 16th August, three candidates
from Wessex Archaeology, a marine archaeological
service based in Salisbury, arrived at TWI North in Middlesbrough to undergo Aga
mask familiarisation training. The day had been tailored to suit the candidates'
needs and requirements and current experience, in order to effectively deliver training
at an appropriate level. Aga masks are used by the Fire Brigade, Military, and Commercial
& Public Safety Teams around the world which makes this kind of specialised
training relevant and suitable in many other industries.
The course was a great success and candidates commented on the "relaxed atmosphere,
geared towards learning" and the "great practical experience". It was also noted
in the course feedback that it was cost-effective, comprehensive and overall "an
excellent course with clear instruction".
Initially the candidates were
given hands on instructions in the classroom from Chris
Reeve, Learning and Development Advisor from the Cleveland Fire Brigade,
who demonstrated how to take the masks on and off, which they later did underwater.
The team also looked at a number of other masks while they were at the facility
so that the instructors could explain the different uses for each. These included
Genesis 11, KMB 18 & KMB 17C.Â After lunch the candidates took turns in TWI
North's bespoke diving tank, performing simulated emergency drills & tasks to
familiarise themselves with the equipment they will be using as part of their forth
coming projects around the UK coast.
The purpose built 3m x 3m diving tank is heated to approximately 23 degrees Celsius
and is constantly filtered to maintain an excellent level of visibility throughout
training. Video, light and communications are used extensively so that the instructor
can constantly monitor the divers. This is the smaller of the two tanks at TWI North,
which is suitable for specialised courses such as
wet welding where the diver is fairly static. The staff and divers attending
the full face mask familiarisation course found the smaller tank to be a safer,
more controlled environment for this particular training course. The larger 6m x
8m training tank is used for the programme of underwater inspection courses (see
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