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Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting Course

Providing theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the safe, competent use of Oxy-Arc Ultra-Thermic Underwater Cutting (Oxy-Arc) methods


Course Dates & Price

This course is delivered on an on-demand basis with each place priced at £3,000. Please contact us to discuss your training requirements further.


Until 31st August 2018 Skills Development Scotland funding is available for eligible Scottish residents and businesses. Please contact us to discuss.

Eligible Scottish residents¹ will receive 50% course funding meaning you only pay £1,500

Course overview

This 5 day course is intended to provide existing commercial divers who have not previously carried out any, or very little, underwater cutting using ultra-thermic methods with both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the safe, competent use of Oxy-Arc Ultra-Thermic Underwater Cutting.

Personnel engaged in the practice of underwater cutting must be competent in completing the required task, aware of associated risks and adhere to safe practice when conducting these tasks. Students will undertake a number of theory sessions as well as dry (on-surface) and in-water practical learning in order to safely use the Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting equipment.

The course is structured around the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) R.471 “Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting Recommended Practice” and will provide students with knowledge and practical competency in the following areas:

  • Safety in burning practices, procedures and equipment handling;
  • Oxy-Arc Underwater Cutting Equipment;
  • Theory of other cutting methods;
  • Consumables;
  • Pre-Job Considerations;
  • Diver’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • Oxy-Arc Cutting Risks and Mitigation;
  • Equipment Set-Up – Diver;
  • Cutting Techniques.

Certificates Gained

Students will perform a series of theoretical assessments and practical demonstrations of Oxy-Arc cutting. On successful completion of these tasks and passing of assessments, students will be provided with a Certificate of Competence in Underwater Oxy-Arc Cutting.

Price: £3,000

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Students must hold valid and in-date industry recognised certificates in the following:

  • Commercial Diving Surface-Supplied;
  • Diving Medical;
  • First Aid at Work and Oxygen Provider.


Kit List

The Underwater Centre will provide all necessary diving equipment. However, students are welcome to bring their own dry suit / under-suit covered by a Certificate of Maintenance dated within 6 months prior to course start date. Any additional equipment brought to the dive site must be approved by the Dive Supervisor prior to use.

Students should bring the following:

  • Overalls;
  • Plenty of warm clothing;
  • High visibility foul weather waterproof gear;
  • Safety footwear.

Note: Appropriate safety equipment and PPE will be provided to students prior to any practical cutting demonstration or task.

For more information and advice about our training contact one of our Student Advisors;
Email: [email protected]
Or call +44 1397 703 786

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