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- Introduction to Commercial Diving Careers Day
- Premium Industry Package
- Construction Career Package
- Standard Career Package
- HSE Closed Bell
- HSE SCUBA
- HSE Surface Supplied
- HSE Surface Supplied Top Up
- Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox
- Subsea Construction
- CSWIP 3.1U Underwater Inspection Preparatory Course
- Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting Course
- Experience & Competence Assessment - HSE Surface Supplied & Top Up
- Experience & Competence Assessment - HSE Closed Bell
- IMCA Diver Medic Technician
- IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician
- IMCA Trainee Air Diving Supervisor
- IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor
- IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor Experience Course
- Kirby Morgan Helmet & Bandmask Operator Course
Student, Standard Career Package, May 2011
Standard Career Package
Giving you essential underwater tools training and qualifying you as a commercial diver - book now!
9 week Standard Career Package: £11,020
Our Standard Career Package not only qualifies you as a commercial diver for both inshore and offshore work, in all standards of diving equipment, but also includes essential underwater and surface tools training throughout. This course is designed to teach you how to dive competently in the use of SCUBA, Surface Supplied and Surface Supplied (Top Up) equipment, as well as training you in the fundamental subsea tools and techniques that employers will expect you to have when you start your new career as a commercial diver.
For all available dates see here.
The certificates you will obtain when you complete the Standard Career Package are:
- HSE Surface Supplied
- HSE SCUBA
- HSE Surface Supplied Top Up
- Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox
- Subsea Tools Assessment Record
- Kirby Morgan Helmet & Bandmask Operator Certification
- First Aid at Work
All of our HSE commercial diving courses are recognised by IMCA under the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving.
This course is delivered on a full-time basis.
Course Price and VAT
Our training courses are VAT exempt – so we only have one course price and we don’t charge any VAT. We ensure that any profits are re-invested to improve our courses for students. Course dates and prices can be found by navigating through this page and our Student Advisors can help you with any questions you may have.
For more information email us on [email protected] or call +44 1397 703 786
Prices accurate as of September 2018 and are subject to change.
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The first week of the Standard Career Package covers essential First Aid at Work training as well as the safety aspects of diving, before going underwater.
Week two of the course moves on to the HSE Surface Supplied Course. This part of the course takes four weeks to complete and includes diving to depths of 50m (165ft), totalling 24 dives, providing you with more experience underwater.
The main aim of this part of the course is to teach you to dive competently in surface supplied equipment and to train you to handle emergency situations such as a loss of air or communications and to learn how to rescue a stricken diver. As your course progresses, the depth you dive to will also steadily increase which will help prepare you for the challenge of diving at depth on air.
After completing the Surface Supplied part of the course, you will then move on to HSE SCUBA. This part of the course takes three weeks to complete and includes 16 dives to a maximum depth of 30m (100ft), training you to dive competently in SCUBA equipment. These dives are conducted using traditional half masks and demand valve methods, as well as full face masks with voice communications.
You will then move on to the Surface Supplied (Top Up) or wet bell part of the course. You cannot work offshore without this certification. During this one week course, you will complete 7 dives to a depth of 21m (70ft) while using a hot water suit, performing additional wet bell diving operations such as using a ‘golden gate’. Diving through a golden gate is an important part of working offshore, so this is essential experience for your commercial diving career.
As part of the HSE sections of the course, we also give you comprehensive and vital tools and skills training, enabling you to undertake a wide range of work in subsea construction. Employers will expect you to have this knowledge and experience of industry standard equipment when you start your career as a commercial diver, which is why we include this element of surface and underwater construction training as part of your basic diver training at no additional cost to you.
You will learn to use underwater tools such as hydraulic impact wrench, airlifts and liftbags, disc cutter, a drill and jack hammer, and surface bolt tensioning equipment, which was recently donated to The Underwater Centre by Mach-10. You will also gain experience in the use of hand tools at depth, including the use of a hammer and chisel, learning to cut a steel bar, and the use and maintenance of a hack saw and ring spanners. On completion of your course you will receive a Task Assessment Record Book to go along with your logbook, providing evidence of the subsea construction skills and abilities you have developed. This Task Book will make it clear to employers that you have the fundamental knowledge and experience required for the job.
Kirby Morgan Helmets are widely recognised all over the world as the standard in commercial diving equipment.
When working as a commercial diver, the company you are working for will provide the helmet for the job, however your employer will expect you to be able to competently perform inspection, set-up and operation procedures.
This course will train you to Kirby Morgan standards to identify equipment deficiencies and perform corrective adjustments and minor servicing of the hat, and efficiently mobilise and de-mobilise the equipment at the start and the end of each dive, ensuring that your new employer can have complete confidence in your care of their equipment. On completion of the course you will receive a two year certification from Kirby Morgan (USA).
Nitrox is the preferred breathing gas for commercial air divers working at certain depths. It’s routinely used on offshore diving projects, as well as shellfish diving. Nitrox allows divers to dive for longer and reduces the risk of decompression illness due to the reduced levels of Nitrogen in the mix. However, most divers and supervisors learn ‘on the job’. This course – the only one from an independent training provider – gives you a recognised industry qualification and ensures those who are trained in the use of Nitrox are competent and confident.
The Centre’s Nitrox Course includes diving in surface supplied equipment from our custom built Nitrox diving spread, as well as training in our dedicated O2 clean room.
For more details of our Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox Course visit our website, here.
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Alistair Brady was brought up in London, and on leaving school wondered between jobs like retail and customer service, but didn’t last as ‘I got bored and wanted to do something more motivational and practical.’
‘I heard about The Underwater Centre through friends who were divers. I completed the Standard Career Package in August 2011 – I wanted to get the HSE diving certification as it’s recognised worldwide. I have British and Nigerian dual nationality so wanted to be able to work anywhere.
After qualifying from The Underwater Centre I then began working with Subsea Inspection Services Nigeria Ltd offshore on various jobs, such as Jack up rig inspections, drill ship inspections and Riser Inspections for platforms and FPSO’s.’
Pros and cons of commercial diving
‘The main attraction of commercial diving was the money, followed closely second by the drive to learn more and build my intelligence within the oil and gas sector. Since I started recreational diving I always thought it would be amazing to earn money doing something I enjoyed, which also helped push me to look for work within the subsea sector. I was looking for physical and practical work, where I would be working outdoors. I wanted a job where I could look back at the end of each project to see what I had accomplished. I’m now working as a 3.2U Inspection Diver, topside NDT (Non Destructive Testing) Inspector and Diver Medic Technician (DMT).
‘There is of course a downside to commercial diving, I don’t enjoy spending time away from my loved ones, however I’m able to make enough money to live comfortably, and I enjoy constantly meeting new faces and building new contacts, as well as constantly learning new things while on the job.’
Advice for entering the industry
‘If you’re thinking of a career in the subsea industry I would definitely recommend it. There is a wide range of opportunities and jobs available, depending on what you would prefer, ranging from ROV pilot techs, to saturation divers, to diver medics or life support technicians.
‘Could you make it as a commercial diver? If you are physically able to dive and could handle roughly 2-6 weeks away from home, then yes. You could earn roughly £300 a day as an offshore air diver, and that increases depending on extra qualifications held, like the CSWIP 3.1U, DMT, Welding & Burning, Rigging and Inspection report writing skills.
‘It can be hard at first finding a job offshore, as companies prefer divers with experience. Inshore work would be the best place to start. The Underwater Centre does help to promote newly qualified divers to find work within their area by giving their CVs to reputable companies. Some inshore companies do cater for newly qualified divers to help build their experience and knowledge. There are also many websites which advertise offshore work which can help boost the chances of a diver looking for work.’
Training at The Underwater Centre
‘It was an amazing experience to learn at the Centre in Fort William. The staff were very friendly and took the time to explain anything I didn’t understand. The main things I learnt from during my course, which I think will help me progress are; how to dive safely, how to tie knots, how to setup the diving equipment and how to log dives.
‘Another bonus was that the accommodation being so conveniently placed close to the dive sites. 3 meals were also provided daily so I didn’t need to worry about cooking for myself!’
In order to be able to attend our Standard Career Package you will require the following
An ‘in-date’ United Kingdom HSE Diving Medical Certificate (we also accept Norwegian, Dutch or Irish HSA approved Diving Medical Certificates);
- In the UK, before you attend a diving medical you must complete this questionnaire and get your own doctor to countersign it, and bring that along with you. You can read more details about the HSE diving medical by downloading the HSE’s MA1 document The Medical Examination and Assessment of Commercial Divers;
- To search for a doctor in the UK who is certified to carry out HSE diving medicals click here. The HSE also accepts diving medicals performed by HSA doctors in Ireland, or diving medicals carried out by some doctors in Norway and Holland. Please contact us if you have a medical from these countries to ensure it is accepted.
Please note, all courses at The Underwater Centre are taught in English, unless previously arranged, so you must have a good understanding of verbal and written English.
You do not require any previous diving qualifications for the HSE training on our Standard Career Package. However, you should be comfortable in water, capable of swimming 100metres and not suffer from claustrophobia. We recommend that, if you are unsure, you attend one of our Introduction to Commercial Diving Careers Days so you can experience a dive in commercial equipment.
You are required to bring the following with you:
- Plenty of warm clothing;
- High visibility foul weather gear (waterproofs);
- A pair of steel toe-capped safety boots.
As part of this package you will receive:
- Underwater Centre Overalls;
- Divers Logbook;
- Underwater Centre Commercial Diving T-shirt;
- All course books;
- Submission to the HSE of Competency Assessment.
During your course you will also have use of:
- Drysuit, woolly bear, neoprene undersuit for under hot water suits, work gloves, dive knife, neoprene hood and hard hat.
For more information email us on [email protected] or call +44 1397 703 786.