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Why do you need HSE or ADAS diving certification?

We get many divers coming to us asking if their IMCA diving certification is accepted for diving outwith their own country. IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) is a trade association which provides guidance and advice on carrying out offshore diving operations safely, but not legislation.  The IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving states:  […]

Explore a Career as an ROV Pilot Technician in the Oil and Gas Industry

The Underwater Centre, Fort William, is taking part in OPITO’s first Doors Open Day event, which has been set up by the skills organisation to showcase opportunities and explore skills and career pathways within the oil and gas industry across the UK. Targeting a variety of audiences, it will see everything from science, engineering and […]

Students Experience ROV Offshore Operations

One of the benefits of training as an ROV pilot technician or commercial diver at The Underwater Centre in Fort William is the range of subsea industry activity that students are exposed to.  As well as providing subsea training, The Underwater Centre also provides the facilities and marine environment for subsea trials and testing.  This […]

The Secret to Becoming a Good Saturation Diver: Learning from Experience

All of the commercial diver training courses in Tasmania are delivered under the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS), because ADAS certification is a mark of competence in a commercial diver that is recognised around the world.  However ADAS not only assess competence in the students that we train, but in the diver trainers too. First […]

Commercial Diver Nick Reeves: Starting From Sport Diving

Nick Reeves is the main instructor on the HSE SCUBA elements of our commercial air diving package courses at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.  His main role is to ensure the divers are well equipped to dive competently in the practical dive sessions, as well as passing their exams to gain the HSE SCUBA […]

Training ROV operators to meet demand

The need for a skilled, competent workforce in the global oil and gas industry has never been greater, and there is a very real concern that if not enough personnel are being trained now, then future needs will not be met. Projected growth of ROV operations The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) has highlighted that, […]

How long will it take me to find a job as an ROV pilot tech?

One of the questions we’re asked the most is: “Do you have a rough time frame of how long it would take to find work after doing the ROV course?” Paul Bury, ROV Training Manager at The Underwater Centre, Fort William and Tasmania, stays in touch with students long after they’ve graduated from our ROV […]

Underwater Construction Work – What Tools?

When you first qualify as a commercial diver it’s essential that you perform well on your first jobs, so you need to know what you’re doing and how to do it.  You will be working underwater using construction tools and techniques from day one, doing work such as hull cleaning, lift bags, or inspection. We’ve […]

Meet Singaporean Work Class ROV Student, Shamsul

Shamsul Bin Haron, a 26-year-old graduate from Singapore Polytechnic, made his first trip to Scotland to join three others on the Work Class ROV Operations Course. A graduate in aerospace electronics, Shamsul is currently working as an ROV Pilot Technician Trainee for ASROV Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Alliance Seaworks Sdn Bhd, based in Singapore. […]

Aubin Subsea Complete Subsea Lifting System Trials

Following the successful completion of its first operational trial of its LiquiBuoy system, engineering firm Aubin Subsea announced that it could transform subsea lifting. The company conducted rigorous testing of its liquid gel technology at our subsea testing facilities in Fort William.  Head of the firm’s subsea division, Serena Arif, believes the solution offers a […]