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A.S.S.E.T Dive Equipment Service technician

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I have always being interested in taking things apart and seeing how they work (And not always being able to get them together again).

After I started to dive I have done many self servicing on my regulators and other dive equipment. But not before I had understood how it all worked.

Being in Thailand I was trying to find a place to stay when a hotel recommended a site called www.scubaengineering.com. Hmm! This I needed to check out, and after a few mails and checking div. Standards and recommendations, I had signed up for a Dive Industry Technician Course(DITCH) and Cylinder Visual and Hydro inspection course. So my next 10 days was covered.

The course is ASSET & SITA and IDEST approved course, covering all aspects of service, repair and workshop operation.
The course has a 9-module curriculum supported by a Dive Industry Technicians Handbook specially written to accompany the course.
The course is designed to give as much emphasis on practical knowledge and skills with a large proportion of the course devoted to ‘hands on‘ practical work.

Syllabus included:

  • The physics of diving related plant and equipment
  • Equipment theory – design and construction
  • Setting up a professional workshop
  • Working practices, standards and procedures
  • Cylinder testing, (And in my case Cylinder testing pt. 2 Hydrostatic testing) :-)
  • Regulator service and repair
  • Compressor, air banks – operation and air quality
  • Warranties and customer care
  • Regulations and standards

This is the only course that is approved by the 3 major standards and representative bodies in the industry:

  • ASSET – Association of Scuba Service Engineers & Technicians
  • IDEST – Inspectorate for Diving Equipment Servicing and Testing
  • SITA – Scuba Industries Trade Association

In addition the British Health and Safety Executive have stated that they consider this course to be a core training program for their diving inspectors.


So after 10 very long days :-) I did the exams and was approved as a Dive equipment service technician and a Cylinder inspection Technician.

If you are interested in this field of profession I suggest you go to Scubaengineers website and read more.
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