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Meet Josh, SEFtec NMCI Offshore’s newest Instructor.

Posted: March 15, 2022

Meet Josh, the newest member of our instructor team. Josh is part of the SEFtec NMCI Offshore (SNO) two year Instructor Training Programme. Beginning his career at the NMCI as a technician and trainee instructor Josh recently completed the two year programme to become an instructor at the NMCI. We chatted with Josh to hear more about his background, interests and future plans.

Instructor Josh, stands on the Jetty, with the freefall lifeboat behind him.

Hi Josh, so tell us a little about yourself?

Hello, my name is Josh and I am an instructor with SEFtec NMCI Offshore DAC.

Growing up I worked in outdoor activity centres during my Summer holidays. I loved the multi-activity courses which included water sports such as sailing, kayaking, and coasteering to name a few. I was really lucky to have such an enjoyable job at a young age – and it gave me great confidence in leadership and instruction. During my time in college, I was a safety officer and later captain of CIT’s kayaking club. I learned loads about management as well as general risk assessments regarding water safety. After college, I spent some time working for a fire safety company that specialises in the maritime industry. This gave me great exposure to various vessels, their fire suppression systems, and firefighting equipment on board.

What attracted you to the role of trainee instructor/technician initially?

 

When introduced to the role of Trainee Instructor/Technician, I was immediately attracted to the similarities it had with my previous instructor role. Each day is different with new learners across various training set-ups. I was especially excited to work in the environmental pool and it’s still my favourite ‘classroom’ in the NMCI. Working all 4 seasons as a water-based instructor can be almost unheard of in Ireland, so this was an exciting concept.

Tell us about your role and what it entails?

 

When I first joined the team, I was trained into the role of Technician. It was my job to prepare any equipment needed for the courses. This included prepping boats for the pool, equipment for the fire yard, and general organisation of all PPE across all the courses. I found this period in the company beneficial in gaining a better understanding of how the equipment operates. This role also included assisting in the background of courses – lighting fires, capsizing rafts, and launching lifeboats.

1 year later I became a Trainee Instructor. I trained a new colleague into the Technician role, allowing me to spend more time in the classroom learning the courses. I participated in every course we offer as a learner, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then became a PADI Open Water Diver and later received a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. I could now participate in the pool as a safety swimmer/diver – a position I was looking forward to since the day I started! Towards the end of my 24-month program, I completed my OPITO Assessors, Train the Trainer, and HUET Instructor course. This is the part of the job that blows my friend’s minds!! I love working in the ‘HUET’ and I’m continuing to learn more with each course I am part of.

 

 What is your favourite part about working with SEFtec Group?

 

My favourite part about working with SEFtec Group is the dynamic and varied working environment. No one day is the same. I work alongside seasoned mariners and firefighters regularly. I have the opportunity to train with emergency services like the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter crews each month. I have just returned from training in the UK for an exciting project in the future. I continue to expand my knowledge with every course I am a part of, every person I meet, and every location I visit. Working with SEFtec Group has opened my eyes to an amazing industry with inspiring people working within it. I look forward to more projects in the future, especially overseas.

How will you continue to develop your skills in 2022?

When I first joined the company, I was told “every day is a school day here”.

This is absolutely true. Each day my skills and knowledge improve. Every course brings its challenges and rewards and I learn so much from each one. To enhance my skills further, I plan on focusing on the Global Wind Organisation side of training more this year. I also look forward to improving my HUET skills with more time inside the unit. It’s also an exciting time for OPITO as they move towards the sustainable energy section. I look forward to being part of this transition in the future. As part of my continuous development, I will be doing Enclosed Spaces, Working at Heights, and Manual Handling instructorships in 2022 also.

Josh smiles at the camera, with the NMCI's jetty in the background.

Thanks Josh, we’re looking forward to seeing all that you achieve in your career!

 

 

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Win a 4 star Hotel Break when you train with SEFtec NMCI Offshore (SNO).

Posted: March 14, 2022

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Relax and Renew!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day we picked a course at random, and are offering one lucky delegate the chance to win their overnight accommodation with dinner at the 4 star Carrigaline Court Hotel.

We have selected the Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing Systems (CA-EBS), scheduled for May 12th 2022.

Stay at the Carrigaline Court Hotel on May 11th, and arrive at the NMCI ready and energised for your course on May 12th.

Anyone who books on the course for May 12th to renew their BOSIET or FOET, will be automatically entered into the competition and contacted on May 5th.

Good luck!

See full terms and conditions below:

Terms & Conditions

1.The promoters are SEFtec NMCI Offshore Training DAC.
2. The prize is a one night stay for one adult in a double room with dinner at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, Carrigaline, Cork.
3. Prize is as offered and no cash alternative will apply.
4. The prize is not transferable.
5. Entry is for people of 18 years of age and over.
6. A valid entry consists of a confirmed booking for 12th May Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing Systems (CA-EBS) at the NMCI.
7. Delegates are automatically entered into the raffle upon booking the above course, scheduled for May 12th 2022. The changing of course dates, from any FOET/BOSIET, which was already booked prior to the start of this competition, to the FOET on 12th May 2022, does not constitute a valid entry into this competition.
8. The promoters’ decision is final and binding in all matters and no correspondence will be entered into.
9. The promoters reserve the right to change any aspect of the prize.
10. The prize must be used on May 11th 2022.
11. The prize will be subject to any additional terms and conditions of the suppliers of the prize.
12. Reservations may only be cancelled or amended if the prize winner amends their FOET booking, to an alternative date. This is subject to availability both at the NMCI and Carrigaline Court Hotel.
13. The promoters are excluded from liability for any loss, damage or injury which might occur to the winner arising from his or her acceptance of the prize.
14. The winner may be required to participate in unpaid promotional related publicity undertaken by the promoter.
15. The promoters reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions.
16. Competition ends at midnight May 4th.

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OPITO Certificate Extension Policy Update.

Posted: May 23, 2020

OPITO Certificate Extension Policy Update for Oil & Gas Industry. 

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With immediate effect, candidates who have already received a certificate extension, and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, may apply for a further two-month extension.

We advise visiting the OPITO website for further information.

 

Fire fighting

Before booking your OPITO approved Offshore Course on our website please email reception@nmci.ie to contact our admin team regarding your chosen training date.

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Medical Update from OPITO regarding BOSIET/HUET/FOET with CA-EBS

Posted: August 16, 2018

Good news for those holding seafarer’s medicals. These can now be used when undertaking OPITO BOSIET/HUET/FOET with CA-EBS.

An additional HSE exemption has been granted to enable those workers who hold an ENG1 medical certificate of fitness to undertake the same in-water offshore survival training as those holding an Oil and Gas UK certificate of medical fitness for offshore work

This means that delegates will be required to produce one of the three certificates outlined below:-

  1. Produce a valid, unexpired Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) offshore medical certificate confirming the delegate’s fitness for offshore work.

OR

  1. A valid, unexpired, medical certificate of fitness to work at sea.

OR

  1. A valid, unexpired offshore medical certificate issued by a body outside of the UK which is recognised as equivalent to the OGUK medical certificate of fitness for offshore work.

In addition to the above the delegate will be required to produce:-

A certificate of fitness to undertake shallow water CA-EBS training issued by a registered OGUK examining doctor.

OR

In the case of a Seafarers Medical with restrictions, produce a statement from an appropriate registered practitioner that the restriction or condition does not result from a respiratory or ENT condition and there is no absolute contraindication to the shallow water delegate’s participation in the training.

AND

On the date on which the delegate is to undertake shallow water CA-EBS training, and prior to entering the water in which the training takes place, the delegate gives to the OPITO-approved Centre a statement, that to the best of the delegate’s knowledge and belief, the delegate has no (current or past) medical condition which makes the delegate unfit to participate in the training.

For any queries please contact Gillian or Chloe on + 353 21 4335609

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SEFtec NMCI Offshore complete new OPITO in-water CA-EBS training exercises.

Posted: March 30, 2018

We are very pleased to have successfully completed the new in-water CA-EBS training, meeting the OPITO requirements for the BOSIET/HUET/FOET, as implemented on March 26th. Here’s some pictures taken from yesterday’s FOET, with Joe instructing. Well done to all the delegates!

Don’t forget we now offer the BOSIET with CA-EBS Digital Delivery at the NMCI. Complete the theory online in advance and then complete 1 days practical training at the NMCI. Book your place on our next course on April 16th! https://www.nmci.ie/offshore_courses/courseId/48700308/

BOSIET with CA-EBS Digital Delivery

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