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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 […]

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 […]