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Dangers of commercial diving could be exaggerated by Hollywood

“Pioneering divers who built the foundations of the North Sea oil and gas industry are to have their incredible story turned into a Hollywood movie – thanks to George Clooney.” (Ryan Chrighton, Press & Journal).  But is there a danger that Hollywood could exaggerate the dangers of commercial diving?  John Penney, Diving Supervisor at The [...]

How to Effectively Maintain Your Drysuit

This is a guest post by Northern Diver Being a substantial investment, and an integral component of your diving rig, it’s important that you know how to correctly maintain your drysuit. Much like checking and maintaining the tyre pressures and oil level in your car, your drysuit requires regular maintenance to ensure it continues to [...]

Offshore Achievement Award for Commercial Diver Training Initiative

We were delighted to pick up a top award at the prestigious 2014 SPE Offshore Achievement Awards.  The awards celebrate outstanding successes within the UK offshore industry in categories including safety innovations, new technologies and individual achievements; we were shortlisted for the Working Together Award. Skills Development Scotland funding for commercial diving courses Our entry [...]

Investment Creates Jobs in Aquaculture

The Australian Government recently announced that it will boost the Tasmanian aquaculture industry through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan.  $3.5 million in funding has been secured for the Huon Aquaculture Value Added Processing Facility project. Fastest growing industry in Australia Aquaculture is Australia’s fastest growing primary industry, accounting for 34 per cent of the [...]

Bolt Tensioning Added to Commercial Diver Training

We have added Bolt Tensioning training to each of our commercial diver training packages at The Underwater Centre in Fort William: this skill is another important part of the subsea construction work training provided to all diving students throughout our HSE (Health & Safety Executive) diver courses. Bolt tensioning equipment from the subsea industry The [...]

Supporting Industry: Increasing Work Class ROV Competency

Oceanology International 2014 is a global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science industry.  The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) will be holding a seminar at the exhibition entitled ‘ROV Training & Competence – Global approach, local delivery’, and Steve Ham, General Manager here at [...]

Inaugural ROV Pilot Technician Course Completed in Tasmania

In response to the increased worldwide demand for skilled Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) personnel we are offering a new ROV Pilot Technician Course at our Centre in Tasmania, designed specifically to prepare trainees for the oil and gas industry.  French Naval Defence company, DCNS, recently completed the first ever 3 week course run from our Beauty Point facility. ROV [...]

Meet the New Personnel Recruited to Meet Industry Needs

Following another successful year in 2013 for The Underwater Centre, and for the subsea sector, we are building on our recent successes by expanding our team of experienced personnel, allowing us to continue meeting the growing needs of the subsea industry. Recent major developments at both our Fort William and Tasmania Centres have also contributed [...]

First ADAS Commercial Air Diving Class of 2014

Herb Mitton, Training Operations Manager in Tasmania, recently took some time out of his busy training schedule to give us an update on the current commercial air diving course taking place at our Centre in Beauty Point: “Our first CAD (Commercial Air Diving) group for the year are progressing well with their training and studies. [...]

What’s in a Commercial Diver’s Bag?

Training to be a commercial diver isn’t just about learning to dive: you have to learn all the ins and outs of doing the job too.  Included in the wide range of advice you’re given when you’re on our commercial diving courses is guidance on items that may be useful to have when working as [...]