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Changes to Closed Bell Course Pre-requisites for Experienced Air Divers

As of April 2016, the experience commercial air divers need to have gained while working before they can attend closed bell training will change. Experienced commercial air divers At the moment, candidates attending the course need to have a minimum of 50 logged dives totalling at least 50 hours.  From 1st April 2016 this will […]

The Underwater Centre and RGU Team up to Provide Commercial Diving Familiarisation Course

The Underwater Centre is working with Robert Gordon University (RGU)’s School of Engineering to incorporate a commercial diving familiarisation course as part of the recently introduced MSc in Subsea Engineering one year full time course. Practical experience to reinforce the classroom-based theory The Centre will deliver theoretical sessions covering diving physics, diving physiology, gases and […]

Internationally recognised IMCA ALST certification

Mexican Salvador Figuueroa Gonzalez recently attended The Underwater Centre, Fort William’s IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST) Course. Flying in from Mexico especially to complete his training, here Salvador tells us more about his subsea career to date. A successful career as an Assistant Life Support Tech 39 year old Salvador Gonzalez from Veracruz in México […]

Love of Deep Sea Exploration Provides Springboard to ROV Career

From a very young age Leighton Rolley had been interested in shipwrecks, underwater exploration and the technology which was being used to make this possible. It was this early enthusiasm that influenced Leighton’s choices at school and latterly his decision to study Computing Science at the University of Glamorgan.  As part of his BSc, he […]

MATE Scotland ROV Competition 2016 with Support from The Underwater Centre

The Underwater Centre, Fort William, is delighted to sponsor the MATE Scotland ROV Competition 2016, secondary school underwater robot competition. Develop and build their skills to engineer an ROV The MATE ROV competition itself challenges school, community college, and university students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modeled […]

Tailored Training Provides First-hand Experience of Commercial Diving

Employees of a company which designs and produces gas monitors for the commercial diving industry has received tailored training to see first-hand how the equipment they produce helps keep commercial divers safe. The team from Analox travelled to The Underwater Centre in Fort William to complete a familiarisation training course in order to gain a […]

Increasing Productivity, Decreasing Complexity with ROV Manipulators

‘Work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems routinely perform hundreds or even thousands of intervention operations around the world every day. The vast majority of these tasks require the use of the ROV’s manipulators to interface some form of intervention tooling, such as a hot stab or torque tool, with a subsea intervention panel. The […]

Training ROV Personnel for Safer, More Effective Operations

A new model for increasing workforce competency in the ROV industry, using a realistic offshore instruction environment, was unveiled by The Underwater Centre at the Subsea UK ROV conference in Aberdeen on Friday, September 11. Improve safety and efficiency of ROV personnel Industry and training providers have collaborated to develop work class ROV operations training […]

Commercial Diver Alex Passes on his Experience to ADAS Students

Alex Caie is one of the experienced commercial divers who teaches on our ADAS commercial diver courses. In this blog post he tells us about his career before and after becoming a commercial diver, and imparts some wisdom for those thinking about a career in commercial diving. Born and bred in Edinburgh, Alex first heard […]

Testing New Subsea Technology in an Offshore Environment – Inshore

As the extraction of oil and gas becomes more challenging, the UK energy industry will become increasingly reliant on engineers and developers to advance the subsea equipment used, from exploration to production. Testing and proving of new technology for the subsea sector is ever more key to the successful future of the industry. Rising to […]