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About The Underwater Centre

Serving the subsea industry for over 40 years

The Underwater Centre, based in Fort William, Scotland, has been training well prepared and competent subsea workers, and helping companies undertake vital sea trials for over 40 years.

In May 2018, The Underwater Centre became a not-for-profit company owned by the industry and closely aligned with delivering the needs of the industry in subsea training and equipment testing. This is a further development in our strategy to becoming a worldwide centre of training and testing excellence.

The Underwater Centre

Commercial Diver Training

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The Underwater Centre first began in the 1970s to provide commercial diver training and as an underwater trials facility.

We now provide training in both air and saturation diving, certified by the Health & Safety Executive, providing students with internationally-recognised certifications.

In addition to HSE-accredited qualifications, The Underwater Centre also offers training in the key subsea skills that the industry really needs. This practical approach to training makes you even more employable and a desirable member of a dive team.

ROV Pilot Technician Training

We have been providing first-class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) pilot technician training since the 1990s and the demand for well-trained ROV pilot technicians continues to increase.

Our ROV courses provide you with considerable practical experience of flying observation-class ROVs in an open-water, tidal environment, as well as applying your technical understanding and experience to the repair and maintenance of ROVs.

The extensive operational experience gained on our ROV courses means that, as well as being developed and run in accordance with guidelines set out by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), our courses aim to provide you with real-life examples and experiences that prepare you for the role of ROV pilot technician.

We train our ROV pilot technician students in the same subsea location as we train our commercial diving students meaning that you gain valuable experience of what an operational environment will be like in industry.

Sea Trials and Corporate Training

The Underwater Centre provides the ideal location, equipment, experience and facilities to meet the trials and training needs of the subsea industry.

We are based on a sheltered sea-loch, with depths ranging from 4m to 150m, all within a mile and a half of the Centre’s secure private pier. The excellent facilities and ease of conducting trials at The Underwater Centre make it an ideal choice for companies undertaking trials work. Our engineering support team has extensive experience in the marine industry, so companies testing subsea equipment can be sure of excellent support – at a fraction of the cost and operational considerations of going offshore.

Due to our unique facilities and location we are able to offer subsea training that replicates working conditions in the offshore industry. Companies who send their staff to train here can be sure their staff will receive training and experience which is relevant to industry.

We can also tailor our course content to better align our content and prepare your workforce with the desired skills.


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