Diving Personnel

IMCA is highly active on diving personnel issues, where a highly trained, skilled and competent workforce is of the utmost importance in ensuring safe operations.

Competence Assurance & Assessment

As part of the wider IMCA competence framework, IMCA guidance helps diving contractors ensure and demonstrate the competence of their personnel working offshore in safety-critical positions.

Training and Certification

IMCA publishes a variety of guidance documents on diving-related training, to help ensure diving contractors can recruit, train and retain the skilled people they need. Our direct role in training and certification, however, is restricted to a small number of positions, as detailed below:

  • Divers
    • Diver training – IMCA guidance recognises selected initial diver training certificates for areas not already covered by regulatory restrictions
    • Diver medicals – IMCA provides guidance on medical examination and certification (but does not approve doctors)
  • Diving Supervisors – IMCA runs a scheme including approval of training courses and certification of qualified diving supervisors
  • Life Support Technicians – IMCA runs a scheme including approval of training courses and certification of qualified life support technicians
  • Diver Medics – IMCA runs a scheme including approval of training courses (but does not approve individual medics)
  • Diving Doctors – IMCA does not approve doctors and refers to the independent DMAC scheme for approval of training courses in diving medicine.
  • Dive Technicians – IMCA has published guidance on technician competence and training (but does not approve or certify training or individuals).

Information on obtaining  approval for IMCA courses is available in our webpage Information on Obtaining Approval for IMCA Diving Division Courses.