This refers to a diver who has satisfactorily completed a diving supervisor training programme (designed to comply with this scheme) but who is gaining offshore experience prior to passing the IMCA theory examination(s) and subsequent formal appointment as a diving supervisor.
Initially, a trainee diving supervisor should only be allowed to supervise for short periods and always with a properly appointed diving supervisor present. As his experience increases, these periods may be extended. However, a diving supervisor should remain in charge of the diving operation at all times and should not delegate his responsibility to the trainee.
4.1.1 Trainee Air Diving Supervisor
To qualify as a trainee air diving supervisor, a candidate must meet the following minimum
a) Hold an IMCA-recognised surface supplied diving qualification as set out in the IMCA
International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving (IMCA D 014). Anyone who has
comparable training and experience may be referred to the IMCA Schemes
Administrator for a decision by the Assessment Panel.
b) Have demonstrated competence as an offshore air diver in accordance with IMCA C 003
Rev.1 (Competence Assurance and Assessment) and have completed 100 offshore
c) Have satisfactorily completed an IMCA-approved Trainee Air Diving Supervisor training
course which meets the Terminal Objectives of this scheme (see page 12) and have
passed the course examination. Candidates are not eligible to attend such
courses until they have complied with criteria a and b above.