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Additional Offshore Experience included in HSE Closed Bell Course in Fort William

At The Underwater Centre we continually try to ensure our commercial diver training is current and that it provides you with the necessary skills required by industry. In some cases industry assists with the development of our courses, and also with the provision of the necessary equipment needed to improve our practical training. As a […]

Malaysian Student Pursues Dream of Working as a Mixed Gas Diver in Oil and Gas

Malaysian Fedrick Ukab Labong was attracted to the career of commercial diving as, with two-thirds of the world being covered by water, it is an endless sector to explore. Fedrick lives in Selangor, Malaysia, and before becoming a commercial diver he worked in land construction and as a SCUBA diving instructor, so had a good […]

New Air Dive Pontoon Benefits Commercial Air Diving Students

Part of our commercial air diver training is ensuring that students are fully prepared in all aspects of equipment operations.  After many years of service our former air diving pontoon was starting to get a bit tired and, with an increase in the demand for commercial diver training, needed upgraded.  Herb Mitton, Operations Manager at […]

MATE Regional ROV Competition – Scotland 2015

The MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) Competition Network began in 2001 and currently consists of 24 regional events that take place around the world.  The MATE ROV competition challenges students from all over the world to design and build ROVs to tackle missions modelled after scenarios from the ocean workplace. Ocean activity – and beyond […]

English Language Assistance for HSE Closed Bell Courses

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) commercial diving courses that we offer at our Fort William Centre are completed in English: a stipulation set by the HSE.  With the ever-increasing number of foreign commercial diving students we train, The Underwater Centre offers an additional service for those whose first language isn’t English; specifically for those […]

New Air Diving Panel for Tasmania Deep Dive Site

Our diving facility located at Lake Cethana, Tasmania, was established in the mid 90’s.  Its principal purpose was to provide an internationally recognised saturation diving training establishment in the Southern Hemisphere.  The facility is also used for deep air training (30-50 meters) once commercial air diving students have completed their Surface Supplied (SSBA) module (0-30 meters) […]

Water Welders: Diver Exploits: I, HSE Air Diver

“I started my working life as an agricultural welder, welding everything from dumper buckets to ploughs to chicken cages. I enjoyed the variety of work, but the money was not good. Two years later, I left and enrolled at Boston College United Kingdom where I studied Civil Engineering. This program got me a start in […]

A Career as a Saturation Diver: Kenny Tells his Story

Kenny Martin, one of our key instructors at The Underwater Centre, has been a diver for 10 years.  He has worked his way from leisure diving to saturation diving, and is also a 3.2U inspection diver. His abundant enthusiasm about his time spent underwater shows through when he talks to students about his career: Kenny […]

Oil & Gas UK Report on Underwater Robotics

With the UK offshore oil and gas industry venturing into deeper, harsher and more remote waters, remotely operated vehicles have an ever important role to play in subsea construction and maintenance. Wireline reports on the evolution of the technology and the skills required to steer these stalwarts of the offshore industry. Working offshore After 14 […]

Can I claim the VAT back on my training course?

In certain circumstances the supply of your course can be outside the scope of UK VAT, so no VAT will be charged. Alternatively, it may be possible for you to reclaim the VAT on your course. We’ve summarised the facts below.   Approximately 10% of students have been eligible in the past; it is always dependent […]