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Bombardier Retrains as ROV Pilot Technician: Michael Cooper

Bdr Michael Cooper has served in the Army for 15 years: 13 in the Royal Armoured Core, The Queens Royal Hussars, operating Challenger 2, and for two years as an Unmanned Air Vehicle Commander piloting Hermes 450. Asked to tell us about his civilian qualifications he has obtained during his Service career, he lists:   […]

Band Mask or Hard Hat – An Explanation of Commercial Diver Helmets

Presently, probably the most common diving helmets in use wordwide are the Kirby Morgan 27 (KM 27) and Kirby Morgan 37 (KM 37) hard helmets, or variations of them; the Kirby Morgan 17 variants are also still very common. There are currently two Kirby Morgan band mask versions which have a soft shell: the KMB […]

Experienced Commercial Diver Joins our Team to Pass on his Subsea Industry Knowledge

The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, has appointed a new commercial diver trainer to support the increasing demand for our ADAS-approved diving courses. David Loudon joins the Centre from Gilbert Diving PTY Ltd, where he spent the last three years as a commercial diver and workshop manager. Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS) qualified and approved PADI master […]

Commercial Diving Graduate Story: Sport Diver to Commercial Diver

Greg Macauley graduated as a commercial diver from The Underwater Centre in Fort William earlier this year. In this blog post he tells us about the change from working in construction, and diving recreationally, to a satisfying and lucrative new career in commercial diving: “My name is Greg Macaulay and I’m 30 years old.  I […]

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, […]