ADA is now an ATO (Approved Training Organisation)

ADA Dive Career Training
ADA Dive Career Training

2017 started with a bang for us as we have achieved the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status from Workforce Singapore (formally known as Workforce Development Agency).

Workforce Singapore is a statutory board under the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) which oversees the 'transformation of the local workforce and industry to meet ongoing economic challenges.'

Workforce Singapore's key focus is to help workers meet their career aspirations and secure quality jobs at various stages of life. This is in line with ADA's vision of providing high quality training to people who aspire to be part of the dive tourism industry.

We have been transforming our training standards as the demand for quality workers in the dive industry increases. We believe that Singapore is in a unique position where the best dive locations in the world surround her.

In the next few years, as those places are becoming more and more developed, there will be an increasing demand for professionals who possess adequate skills and knowledge to either work in the inbound or outbound areas on this industry. Currently, there are plenty of courses which teach people how to dive. However, education with regards to running a dive operation or dealing with tourism and hospitality in the dive context is duly lacking.

Being an ATO allows us to provide Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) courses. WSQ is a national credential system that trains, develops, assesses and certifies skills and competencies for the workforce.

Hence, we are proud that our government has put a small vote in the relevancy of our industry!

If you are looking to start a career in diving, be sure to check out how ADA can give you a leg up here.

ADA is now an Ocean Reef International Training Facility

ADA Ocean Reef Interntional Training Center

Ocean Reef Servicing

Ocean Reef Visit - Jacki and Ricky go to Italy!

Ricky and I just visited the Ocean Reef Headquarters in Genoa, Italy for business and training.

The Ocean Reef compound is rather large, as we found on our first day. We were taken for a tour of the factory and the rest of the facilities. We first visited the Research and Development Areas, the show rooms, the servicing stations and the office areas. It's really nice to see where and how things are made.

Ocean Reef IDM Assembly
Ocean Reef IDM Assembly

One of main aims for the visit, was to get trained in servicing of the Integrated Dive Masks (IDM), regulators and underwater communication systems, and this took four full days of training.

Ocean Reef Full face mask White
Ocean Reef Full face mask White

We spent some time learning about the products first of course, how they are made, the design, very interesting from an engineering point of view. This was of course followed by hand-on servicing.

Ocean Reef Product discussion
Ocean Reef Product discussion

But we also had to be trained to actually use the IDM and other Ocean Reef Products in their indoor pool. Ricky has had training and experience with the IDM already, but for me it was my first time. Guess what, it was quite fun! Thankfully, the pool is a heated indoor one, if not, I would have died.

Colourful IDM for testing
Colourful IDM for testing

I really enjoyed it. Being able to breath through your nose instead of your mouth will be something many divers might actually prefer. My favourite part was the MRT or Modified Rhyme Test. This is a communications test. What happens is that one person will say a word at a time, and we would record what we heard. It is to train our hearing and pronunciation while using the Ocean Reef communication systems. "Did you say MARK, BARK, PARK, LARK? or... FARK?"

Ocean Reef Pool Time
Ocean Reef Pool Time

We were trained to service the entire integrated mask system including the 2nd stage and mask.
The Second stage is designed to deliver a higher volume of air because the air has to be delivered into the mask rather than the mouth directly. After four days of work, we can now proudly say that ADA is now an International Training Center for Ocean Reef products. We will be launching our full face mask training and servicing in Singapore in 2016, so look out for it!

ADA Ocean Reef Interntional Training Center
ADA Ocean Reef Interntional Training Center

ADA is now 100% AWARE

100% AWARE Partner

100% AWARE Partner
100% AWARE Partner

We partnered with Project AWARE this week to join their growing number of 100% AWARE Partners who put ocean protection at the heart of their business.

Every month ADA will make a regular donation to PROJECT AWARE, a global non-profit, to protect the underwater world.

It also means all our student divers will receive a Project AWARE limited edition card when they complete a PADI course with us. It is time give back to the ocean, which our entire dive business relies on. Hopefully every time our divers look at their cards, they are reminded to give back too.

What does it really mean?

Project AWARE, a global non-profit backed by PADI, does great work - focusing mainly on 2 big marine issues:

1. Protecting Sharks and Rays

By pushing for the closing of loopholes in regulations and strengthening shark finning or trade bans, together, we can have a great impact on international regulatory bodies. See the success of CITES 2013, this is one of the best reasons to support Project AWARE together.

2. Tackling Marine Debris

It's there, our junk in the sea. Project AWARE divers are rising to the marine debris challenge by taking local action and supporting the policy change necessary to prevent and reduce rubbish entering our ocean.


So look out for the new cards and activities coming up, as well as Project AWARE/PADI Specialties we will be offering in 2015.