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KBA presented with HDS USA Leonard Greenstone Award

3rd December 2018

From left to right: Darren Brunton, Philip Newsum and Brendan Kearns

Singapore-based KB Associates (KBA) has been presented with the 2018 Historical Diving Society (HDS) USA Leonard Greenstone Award.

KBA directors Darren Brunton and Brendan Kearns were presented award by the executive director of the Association of Diving Contractors International, Philip Newsum, on behalf of HDS USA, at the Diving Industry Work Group (DIWG) in London, UK.

Presenting the award, Newsum said: “KB Associates is recognised globally for its positive impact on commercial diving personnel training. The scope of training which the company offers is unparalleled by any other training establishment. Moreover, KB Associates has the recognition and endorsement of operators, regulators, contractors, as well as other industry stakeholders.

“What Darren, Brendan, and the team at KB Associates has done more than makes them deserving of this award for their impact and excellence in training within the commercial diving industry.”

The first Leonard Greenstone Award for excellence in the training of commercial divers was awarded in 1974. This is the first time that the award has been presented to a company, and presented outside the United States.

Greenstone was a US Navy salvage diver during WWII, and a strong advocate of diver’s safety. Among his many contributions to the world of diving was the establishment of the Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Program at Chino State Prison, California, USA, which has consistently recorded the lowest prisoner recidivism rate in California history.

Darren Brunton said: “We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past 16 years that has enabled KB Associates to surpass the standards we had set out to achieve, and now, to be honoured with this award. It is a historical milestone for us.

“We want to thank the Historical Diving Society USA for nominating and recognising what we do. We will continue to collaborate with individuals and companies to contribute globally to the industry’s safety standards, especially in our core specialties of commercial diving safety, consultancy and training.”


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