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Forces Funding for an ROV Career

Lance Corporal Nick Chellingwoth has served in Germany, Iraq, Norway and the Falkland Islands as Royal Engineers Class I combat engineer and carpenter joiner during a seven-year career.  He also gained ‘various NVQs, ECDL, forklift truck license, first aid at work, City & Guilds in engineering and British Sub-Aqua Club diving qualifications.’ Here he tells […]

Budget lays strong foundations for regeneration of the UK North Sea

Oil & Gas UK welcomes the Chancellor’s decisive move to restructure the North Sea tax regime to promote investment in the nation’s vital and considerable remaining oil and gas resource. The UK will continue to rely on oil and gas for the majority of its energy supply for many decades to come so this action, […]

Addressing the Asia Pacific Skills Shortage

We recently teamed up with a Malaysian recruitment and training provider to help address the skills shortage in the Asia Pacific subsea sector.  Samsian Solution & Services provides training and recruitment opportunities for personnel in the oil and gas, mining, water, power and maritime sectors in South East Asia; we are working with a team […]

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 […]