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Applying for a Visa to Study at The Underwater Centre

If you are attending a course at The Underwater Centre, Fort William, and you’re from outside the European Economic Area you can apply to enter the UK on a Short Term Study Visa.  (If you are unsure if you need a visa to enter the UK you can check on the UK Government website here.) […]

Free Accommodation: Benefits of Staying On Site

For 2016, all students who book onto our commercial air diving package courses receive free full-board accommodation.   Some of our Hospitality, Diving and ROV team explain what it’s like staying at The Underwater Centre, Fort William: Making all students welcome and comfortable Joanna MacDonald manages the Hospitality team.  She says, “Our focus is on making […]

HAZMAT Divers: Equipment & Procedures Used

Hazardous materials divers, also called HAZMAT divers, have exceptionally dangerous jobs. They find themselves in precarious conditions, and regularly expose themselves to contamination such as fuel spills or radioactive material. However, the extreme dangers these divers face can be minimized through intense training, the right dive gear, and a thorough decontamination processes. Here’s how: HAZMAT Dangers […]

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 […]