Triton’s in-house pilot and maintenance training program sets the industry standard for effectiveness. Every Triton customer is obligated to have an operator successfully complete the program.

Training Program

Triton’s industry-leading three phase pilot training program has created some of the world’s most capable deep submersible pilots. Triton’s master instructors have each logged tens of thousands of hours and hundreds of submersible dives in every conceivable environment.

Phase One

Orientation & Familiarization

A thorough working knowledge of the parts and systems of a submersible is required to prepare a pilot for any potential situation.

Conducted at our Sebastian manufacturing facility over a two-week period, this phase involves the trainee participating in the final assembly, or annual survey, of a Triton submersible. In addition, classroom time and reading material are used to hone the trainee’s knowledge.

Phase Two

Simulator Instruction & Diving

Using Triton’s simulator, Phase 2 gives the trainee the opportunity to make repeated dives, practice drills and simulate emergency scenarios, in a benign environment.

During instructed simulator time, the pilot trainee will learn everything required to conduct safe diving operations including:

  • Pre-dive checklist
  • Pre-dive passenger briefing
  • Diving and surfacing procedures
  • Pilot and Surface Officer communication protocols
  • Control & monitoring systems
  • Life support systems
  • Navigation & positioning systems
  • Emergency procedures
  • Touch screen interface
  • Backup and mechanical systems
  • Troubleshooting using Phase 1 knowledge

Phase Three

Open Water Training

Conducted at sea over a ten-to-fourteen day period, the trainee pilot will conduct a minimum of 20 dives as pilot-in-command alongside a Triton instructor.

Open water training gives the trainee the opportunity to fine-tune the skills acquired during the previous phases in a real world environment. The same elements covered in simulator training will be combined with launch and recovery, support vessel crew interaction, daily maintenance and in-mission troubleshooting. Upon conclusion of Phase 3, the trainee will be issued a certificate of completion (signed by the instructor and one of our senior pilots) and is considered fully qualified to operate the specific Triton submersible.

Crew Training

A well-trained crew will make operating your Triton safer, simpler and more enjoyable.

Triton can train your existing crew members to professionally execute all of the tasks associated with owning a submersible including: how to safely pilot the sub; coordinate dive operations from the surface; communicate with the sub; safely launch and recover you sub, and perform routine and corrective maintenance.

Triton can provide professionally trained crew on either a short or long term basis, if necessary.

Personnel Services

Training Simulator

The Triton simulator is the only one of its kind in the world.

Full-sized and accurately reflecting the characteristics of our subs, it is an indispensible tool for training pilots. Trainee pilots are able to log hundreds of simulated dive cycles before hitting the water. The development of this simulator is an excellent example of our commitment to effective and efficient training.

No other company in the world has made an investment of this kind to date.

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