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Ingrid Vickers Takes on New Student Support Role

Ingrid Vickers has been a Student Advisor at The Underwater Centre for over 10 years: as such she’s well known as being a friendly face for our students.  As one of the first points of contact students ever have with the Centre, she has now taken a new role as Student Liaison to continue that […]

New IMCA Guidance on Underwater Air Lift Bags

The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) have recently clarified and strengthened the guidance on the operation of underwater air lift bags.  Alf Leadbitter, Dive Training Authority at The Underwater Centre, explains the need behind the recent changes to the Guidance on Open Parachute Type Underwater Air Lift Bags. Air lift bag use: clarification needed Alf […]

Ex-miner trains for new commercial diving career

It’s been said before, but we’ll say it again – there’s no such thing as a traditional career path in commercial diving. At The Underwater Centre, our commercial diving course is the first step to an exciting new career for people from a huge range of work backgrounds. If you’ve got the attitude and aptitude, […]

The Underwater Centre Receives ISO 9001 Certification

After a highly intensive audit delivered by the British Assessment Bureau, The Underwater Centre, Fort William, has received ISO 9001 certification. Being externally audited against ISO 9001 is an independent assessment of the quality of the management systems that control and support our training methods and practices.  We aim to achieve a level that meets […]

Diving Competencies: IMCA Updates Nitrox Frameworks

In their latest Making Waves magazine the International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) highlights that their diving frameworks have been updated to reflect the growing use of Nitrox in commercial diving practices. Working in collaboration with the subsea industry, The Underwater Centre introduced Nitrox training in 2014 in recognition and anticipation of the increased use of […]

Hydraulics Training: New Fluid Power Systems Course

The Underwater Centre in Fort William has introduced a new hydraulics course which will provide candidates from a wide range of industries with an introduction to fluid power systems. Fluid power systems are an essential component of many industrial applications in manual and automated plant found throughout the world. From agriculture, to marine engineering, to […]

From ROV Pilot Tech to ROV Supervisor

Former ROV student, Steven, originally from Fort William, shares his experiences of completing his ROV pilot tech training with The Underwater Centre, and how, with a lot of hard work, his career has gone from strength to strength. Three-week ROV Pilot Technician Course Previously a trainee maintenance technician with a local manufacturer in Fort William, Steven […]

Offshore Windfarm Product Testing Proves Successful

Tekmar Energy, which supplies cable protection systems (CPS) to the offshore windfarm industry, has successfully carried out a full-scale demonstration of its products with us at The Underwater Centre in Fort William. Key for future offshore windfarm projects The objective of the demonstration was to prove the ability to rapidly and reliably remove a CPS without […]

Melbourne Expo To Connect Those Seeking a New Career

With Australia’s mature aged workers set to account for the majority of workplace growth in the labour force in the near future, discovering career trends will assist many workers to prepare for current and future jobs. Workers looking to make the transition into a new job, a new career or a new industry, will want to […]

Pursuing an ROV Career in Surveying and Sea-mapping

Robert Westerberg from Sweden gives us an insight into how training for a career as an ROV pilot technician with The Underwater Centre, Fort William, has given his subsea ROV career a whole new perspective. Brought up in Stockholm, Robert originally studied marketing at business school and went on to set up a successful business with […]