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About The Underwater Centre

Serving the subsea industry for over 40 years

The Underwater Centre has been training well prepared and competent subsea workers and helping companies undertake vital sea trials for over 40 years. To meet the expanding needs of the subsea industry and look after our worldwide clients we operate our training centre in Fort William, Scotland.


The Underwater Centre, Fort William

Commercial Diver Training

The Underwater Centre Fort William 5The Underwater Centre, Fort William was set up in the 1970s to provide commercial diver training and as an underwater trials facility. It provides training in both air and mixed gas (saturation) diving, certified by the Health & Safety Executive, giving graduates internationally recognised certifications. As well as the official qualifications, The Underwater Centre also offers training in the key subsea skills that industry really needs. This practical approach makes our graduates even more employable – over 85% of our diving graduates are now working in the industry.

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 give graduates considerable practical experience of flying inspection-class ROVs in an open-water, tidal environment, as well as taking their technical understanding and know-how and applying it 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 go beyond those guidelines to further prepare  graduates  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. This means that both ROV and diving students go into the industry with valuable experience of a similar operational environment to what they will find offshore.

Sea Trials and Corporate Training

The Underwater Centre, Fort William, provides the ultimate 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 training staff here can be sure they’ll receive training and experience which is relevant to their industry. Our course content can be tailored to help companies ensure they’ve got the skilled workforce they need.