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Subsea Industry Recognises Commercial Diving Champion

Our own ‘leading light,’ Alf Leadbitter, has received the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award at the Subsea UK Awards Dinner in Aberdeen. We are delighted that our Diver Training Authority, Alf Leadbitter, who is one of the world’s most experienced commercial diver trainers, has been recognised for the impact he has made to the subsea sector […]

Predator Dredger Proves Maximum Efficiency in Subsea Trials

Subsea Tooling Services (STS), an Aberdeen-shire based company offering a diverse range of subsea equipment, recently completed final tests of their new Predator Subsea Dredger at our open-water site in Fort William.  Watch video from the trial and read more about how the subsea tests were achieved. Proving the Predator Subsea Dredger Their main objective […]

From Air to Sea: Going from the Paras to Commercial Diving  

Brought up in Bognor Regis, Reuben Bennett started Chichester College after high school, but soon dropped out of college to join the army;  he ended up serving in the Parachute Regiment (British Army) Airborne Infantry.  In this post he tells us about why he chose to leave the army for a career in commercial diving. […]

Hydraulic Rig: A New Test Bed for Work Class ROV Hydraulic Integration

The work class ROV training at The Underwater Centre is designed to give candidates practical, hands-on experience of work class ROV systems.  This real-life training for the offshore industry provides ROV pilot technicians with a vital opportunity to learn the tools of the job without the pressures of the offshore environment.  Our ROV personnel have […]

Summary: Changes to HSE Commercial Diving Projects ACoPs

In 1997 the Health and Safety Executive approved 5 codes of practice, called ACoPs, for the different diving sectors where divers are considered to be at work. These include Commercial Diving Projects Offshore, Commercial Diving Projects Inland / Inshore, Media Diving Projects, Recreational Diving Projects and Scientific and Archaeological Diving Projects. These were all reviewed […]

Case Study: Enriched Air Nitrox Training for the Offshore Sector

Diving contractors globally are recognising the requirements for greater evidence of competence for personnel involved in the use of Nitrox for offshore air diving. John Bateman, Equipment Manager for Osiris Marine Services, tells us about the value of Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox training to him, his company, and the offshore industry. “As the Equipment Manager, […]

Work Class ROV Supervisor Allan Kinnear; ROV Training and Trials in Fort William

At The Underwater Centre we pride ourselves in the quality, experience and knowledge we can bring to each of our courses and to pass on to our students, thanks to the industry-experienced instructors who train here. Allan Kinnear, our Work Class ROV Supervisor, explains more about his experience in the ROV field. Working in the […]

Water way to get married

A self-confessed adrenaline junkie and her new husband made a splash this weekend when they had their recent nuptials blessed during a special underwater ceremony at The Underwater Centre in Fort William. Around 100 guests watched Dorota Bankowska and new husband James Abbott tie the knot in The Underwater Centre‘s 1.5million litre onshore seawater tank, […]

Bombardier Retrains as ROV Pilot Technician: Michael Cooper

Bdr Michael Cooper has served in the Army for 15 years: 13 in the Royal Armoured Core, The Queens Royal Hussars, operating Challenger 2, and for two years as an Unmanned Air Vehicle Commander piloting Hermes 450. Asked to tell us about his civilian qualifications he has obtained during his Service career, he lists:   […]

Band Mask or Hard Hat – An Explanation of Commercial Diver Helmets

Presently, probably the most common diving helmets in use wordwide are the Kirby Morgan 27 (KM 27) and Kirby Morgan 37 (KM 37) hard helmets, or variations of them; the Kirby Morgan 17 variants are also still very common. There are currently two Kirby Morgan band mask versions which have a soft shell: the KMB […]