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Commercial Diving – a Student Case Study

Bulgarian Alexander Paunov completed his 9-week Standard Career Package training at The Underwater Centre last year and tells us how his training kick-started his new career as a commercial diver. “The Underwater Centre helped prepare me for the reality of work as a diver” Inspired by his brother who works in the subsea industry, Alexander […]

Funding Available for Advanced Commercial Diver and ROV Training

Skills Development Scotland has awarded The Underwater Centre in Fort William funding to help ensure that Scotland is ready to supply the qualified workforce that the subsea industry will need in the future. The funding is available for advanced commercial diver courses, such as HSE Closed Bell, as well as ROV pilot technician training. Individual […]

5 Signs You Are Meant to be a Commercial Diver

Original article by our stateside colleagues at the Commercial Diving Academy 1. You cannot stand being behind a desk all day. Commercial Diving is all about implementing the fundamentals of your education everyday on the jobsite. After receiving your certification from an accredited commercial diving program, your skills and training will immediately be put to […]

The Saturation Diver Interview: Fredoon Kapadia

SAT diving might be a lucrative profession, but it does come with a downside — long stretches away from home and dangerous work conditions. Fredoon Kapadia has been a commercial diver for the last nine years. He has just returned from a two-month assignment in Saudi Arabia and is enjoying being on land. Original article […]

ADAS Update to Commercial Diver Training Changes

Further to our recent blog post about the changes that the Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) planned to make to commercial air diver training, the inaugural pilot course of this new structure has now been completed. As a result we’ve received feedback from ADAS on this first course which means our commercial air diver training […]

North Sea set for £30bn investment in new projects

Operators will spend nearly £30billion on new North Sea projects over the next three years, with Norway’s Statoil leading the way, a new report said. According to energy market researcher GlobalData, 30 North Sea projects are expected to start operations over the three years. Twenty are planned for the UK sector, nine are in Norway, […]

VIDEO: Demonstration of Underwater Mobile Mapping

DOF Subsea, Sonardyne, 2G Robotics, and Seatronics successfully demonstrated a new underwater surveying technique that could significantly shorten the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites.     The new technique uses a 3D laser scanner fitted to an ROV to create highly detailed, point cloud images of subsea assets and environments. By […]

Standout Dive Training Projects

Adam Townsend recently spoke to WaterWelders about his commercial air diver training at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.  In this section he talks about the standout dive training projects for him. Seabed Survey: Measuring & Mapping “First project I’d like to talk about would be the seabed survey on HSE SCUBA; we had to […]

Potential Solutions for Assessing Pipeline Conditions

Assessing the condition of pipelines, especially as they get older, is an increasing task. John Sheehan surveys potential solutions. The expansion of the offshore industry in recent decades has brought with it a huge growth in subsea pipeline infrastructure.  From the Åsgard Transport pipeline in the Norwegian North Sea to the West Natuna gas pipe […]

ADAS Changes to Commercial Air Diving Courses

PLEASE NOTE: The information in this blog post has now been superceded and these changes are no longer taking place.  For more information click here.  The Australian Diving Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) has initiated changes in the way that occupational divers will be trained into the future. As a result, from July 2017 The Underwater Centre, […]