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What offshore work opportunities are there in commercial diving or as an ROV pilot now?

“As one of The Underwater Centre’s Student Advisors, a question I get asked a lot, and particularly just now given the media coverage of the drop in oil prices, is what offshore work opportunities are there once students have completed their training as a commercial diver or an ROV pilot tech? “The drop in oil […]

TITAN 4 Manipulator Training added to The Underwater Centre’s ROV Courses

The Underwater Centre, Fort William, has added the FMC Schilling TITAN 4 syllabus to its current ROV training suite. The course familiarises candidates with all major components of the TITAN 4 manipulator; and provides system operation and routine maintenance procedures. We’ve adapted the course to offer extensive operational practice through specific activities designed to give […]

Innovative Subsea Power Firm to Test Prototype in Fort William

“An Aberdeen technology firm has won a £1.2million Scottish Government grant to develop an innovative subsea power generation system. East Coast Oil and Gas Engineering (ECOG) has invested £3.9million in the autonomous electrical power technology which has been designed to reduce the cost of repairing or replacing umbilicals after all-too common power failures. The firm aims […]

Sat Diving Rules to Get Tougher

Experienced commercial air divers will be aware of our previous blog about the soon-to-be implemented tougher sat diving rules.  Changes to the closed bell course regulations will come into force from April 2016; you will need to have experience of 100 working dives, double the current 50 dives. Get in touch to check the experience […]

What Does an HSE Diving Medical Involve?

If you’re thinking about starting your career as a commercial diver, there’s one crucial thing you need to pass before you can start your diver training – the HSE diving medical. And once you’re qualified and working as a commercial diver, you’ll need to pass this diving medical every year. So what does it involve […]

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 […]