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Diver Case Study: It’s What You Do in the Water that Counts

David Böhm completed his first course at The Underwater Centre, Fort William in 2012. He was working as a commercial air diver within a month of qualifying. Before completing the Premium Industry Package in Fort William, David had a diverse career; drafted as a national conscript EOD in the Swedish Army, as a Telecom technician; […]

Saab Seaeye ROV Training: Working in Partnership with Industry

SAAB Seaeye are well known as the world leading manufacturer of electric powered Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) systems for the subsea industry.  SAAB Seaeye recently sent part of their team to experience open-water, multi-operation ROV piloting at our Fort William site. ROV training in a subsea environment Part of SAAB Seaeye’s commitment to their customers […]

Reinvent Your Career – Just Like These Guys

Why change your career? You could be unhappy in your current role and looking for more fulfilment, you could be bored and looking for more excitement, or you could be looking for a career that gives you better pay.  We’ve seen all these reasons and more for people choosing to retrain for a career as […]

Commercial Diving Work: Searching for Unexploded Ordnance

Stephan Kuypers, from Den Bosch in The Netherlands, originally worked in road and sewer construction, but wanted more.  When an opportunity came up for specialised work detecting unexploded ordnance (UXO) from WWI and WWII he jumped at it, and now that he’s got his HSE commercial diving qualifications he can take the search underwater. Commercial […]

Divers Train up to 100 metres Below Surface at Remote Tasmanian Lake

‘A cold, dark lake in remote north-west Tasmania has become an unlikely destination for a global training operation. Lake Cethana is one of only a few places in the world that offers a commercial saturation diving course that trains students to work on offshore oil and gas rigs. The lake is up to 100 metres deep in […]

Applying for a Visa to Study at The Underwater Centre

If you are attending a course at The Underwater Centre, Fort William, and you’re from outside the European Economic Area you can apply to enter the UK on a Short Term Study Visa.  (If you are unsure if you need a visa to enter the UK you can check on the UK Government website here.) […]

Free Accommodation: Benefits of Staying On Site

For 2016, all students who book onto our commercial air diving package courses receive free full-board accommodation.   Some of our Hospitality, Diving and ROV team explain what it’s like staying at The Underwater Centre, Fort William: Making all students welcome and comfortable Joanna MacDonald manages the Hospitality team.  She says, “Our focus is on making […]

HAZMAT Divers: Equipment & Procedures Used

Hazardous materials divers, also called HAZMAT divers, have exceptionally dangerous jobs. They find themselves in precarious conditions, and regularly expose themselves to contamination such as fuel spills or radioactive material. However, the extreme dangers these divers face can be minimized through intense training, the right dive gear, and a thorough decontamination processes. Here’s how: HAZMAT Dangers […]

Ingrid Vickers Takes on New Student Support Role

Ingrid Vickers has been a Student Advisor at The Underwater Centre for over 10 years: as such she’s well known as being a friendly face for our students.  As one of the first points of contact students ever have with the Centre, she has now taken a new role as Student Liaison to continue that […]

New IMCA Guidance on Underwater Air Lift Bags

The International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) have recently clarified and strengthened the guidance on the operation of underwater air lift bags.  Alf Leadbitter, Dive Training Authority at The Underwater Centre, explains the need behind the recent changes to the Guidance on Open Parachute Type Underwater Air Lift Bags. Air lift bag use: clarification needed Alf […]