Globally-recognised and highly respected commercial diver and ROV training facility, The Underwater Centre, has made a senior appointment to further strengthen links between the Centre and the offshore industry.
James Ridgeway – formerly Subsea Training Manager at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen – has been appointed Training Operations Manager at the Fort William facility. He will be responsible for all aspects of training at the Centre, including ROV pilot technician training, as well as commercial air and saturation diver training.
James’ appointment comes at an important time for The Underwater Centre, which is developing new initiatives to respond to the needs and demands of industry for skilled personnel.
A former soldier, James (39), has had an international air diving career spanning more than 18 years. Born in Leeds, he spent a number of years growing up in Durban, South Africa, before moving back to the UK. On leaving school he joined the British army as an infantryman at the age of 17, during which time he took his first diving qualifications.
He left the army after three years and – after working as a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer and as a mixed gas technical diving instructor – he went on to complete his inshore and offshore commercial diving qualifications. He spent a number of years in the UK working as an inshore civil diver, before he progressed into offshore diving, becoming a DOL South African diving supervisor and ADC diving supervisor.
James has also owned and operated his own commercial diving company and worked as diving safety officer for regions within the Caribbean.
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