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- HSE Surface Supplied Top Up
- IMCA Diver Medic Technician
- IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician
- Kirby Morgan Helmet & Bandmask Operator Course
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- HSE SCUBA
- Experience & Competence Assessment - HSE Surface Supplied & Top Up
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- Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox
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- IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor
- IMCA Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor Experience Course
- Introduction to Commercial Diving Careers Day
George Drain, Subsea Construction, July 2014
Construction Career Package
Developed following feedback from diving contractors, this HSE Commercial Diver Training Package includes FREE full-board accommodation and extra skills and certifications - book now!
11 week Construction Career Package: £13,500 inc VAT – including FREE accommodation; book now*
This commercial diver training package was developed following feedback from diving contractors, on the skills and knowledge employers are looking for you to have when starting your new career as a commercial diver. As well as giving you the essential HSE commercial diver qualifications to work both inshore and offshore, and the underwater and surface tools training that we include as part of those qualifications, this course also contains additional construction training in welding, burning, rigging and slinging training plus FREE extras highlighted below. This combination gives you an excellent range of skills to ensure you can maximise new opportunities as you start in your new career.
The certificates you will obtain when you complete the Construction Career Package are:
- HSE Surface Supplied
- HSE SCUBA
- HSE Surface Supplied Top Up
- Subsea Tools Assessment Record
- Subsea Construction (Welding & Burning, Rigging & Slinging)
- Kirby Morgan Helmet & Bandmask Operator
- 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.
Additional skills and certifications currently included for FREE – making vital additions to your CV:
- IMCA Diver Medic or IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician*
- MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections
- Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox
*Price including accommodation: £13,500 inc VAT – Secure free accommodation on payment of course deposit. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time so be quick and take advantage of these great savings today!
Previous price including accommodation: £16,888 inc VAT.
For all available dates and prices see here.
For more information email us on [email protected] or call +44 1397 703 786
*To complete the IMCA DMT or IMCA ALST Course, you will need to return to The Underwater Centre, Fort William, at a mutually convenient time and within two years of completing your Premium Industry Package. The DMT or ALST and Nitrox Courses are currently included free of charge. Accommodation for these two week courses is an additional cost. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time, offer is secured on payment of course deposit.
The HSE Surface Supplied Top Up element of this package is eligible for Tier 3 ELCAS* funding.
*For entitled Forces personnel and service leavers. ELCAS registration number 1593.
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The first week of the Construction 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), totaling 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.
Building on the subsea tools training you will have received during your HSE commercial diver training; this course gives you additional skills training in welding, burning, rigging and slinging.
During this two week course you will be taught how to use MMA welding and oxy/acetylene surface gas cutting and gain experience in underwater wet welding, along with receiving training in the use of rigging and slinging tools and techniques such as the use of chain hoists and davits.
At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to combine your new knowledge and experience of these core skills in a project on one of our purpose-built steel structures on the seabed, giving you knowledge and experience of what it’s really like to work as part of a subsea construction team.
Free IMCA Diver Medic or IMCA ALST Course*
Gain either the IMCA Diver Medic (DMT) or the IMCA Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST) ticket for free; you can choose which of the two courses you want to complete, depending on your career goals or your immediate job requirements.
The IMCA DMT is a highly sought after ticket; one person in every offshore dive team needs to be trained in advanced first aid, so having this additional certificate will help your employment prospects. The DMT is seen as pretty much a pre-requisite to working offshore; if your aim is to work offshore, it’s important that you have this ticket. Inshore companies also favour divers who have the DMT ticket.
Completing the IMCA ALST Course is a good springboard to getting offshore; the vast majority of ALSTs work in this sector. This course will provide you with practical experience and exposure to a real saturation system, with mixed gas divers in training – experience which isn’t available at any other training school in the world.
*To complete the IMCA DMT or IMCA ALST Course, you will need to return to The Underwater Centre, Fort William, at a mutually convenient time and within two years of completing your Premium Industry Package.
This ECITB-approved course provides training in a key skill which every offshore construction diver should have. The one day course provides students with the knowledge and practical experience of working with and using bolt tensioning equipment. Delivered by an expert from Stork, who also supplied the equipment, the course includes isolations, dismantling, inspection and assembly, and tightening techniques in this specialist area.
For more details of the MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections visit the website, here.
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.
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).
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Construction Career Package – Marco Polo Manubes
Since he was a child Marco Polo Palacios Manubes was interested in diving as he loved the sea. In this blog post he tells us about working as a diver in the Gulf of Mexico, and why he chose to gain additional commercial diving qualifications by coming to Scotland.
Benefits of a subsea career
As I was born in a coastal city I´ve always been always in touch with the sea. I started to dive when I was in High School and on finishing that I was accepted into the industrial diving school (as we know it here in México). I then started to work in the oil field area here in México, where I have been working since 1999.
The benefits of this career are so many; you can earn a good salary and the tasks you do are very different every time, so you never get bored doing the same thing daily. You can spend more quality time with your family during your time off, and you have more vacations than the average career.
Work on a Dive Support Vessel
Work on a Dive Support Vessel (DSV) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there are shifts every 12 hours, starting at noon and midnight. We start the day going through equipment check lists to get all the equipment ready for a new day of hard work, depending on the task we are into. Every day we also have a safety meeting to talk about the job and the safety procedures before starting the task. We prepare the equipment, we refill the bailout cylinders and get all the gear ready. Diving in the Gulf of México is a great challenge because of the bad visibility. At the bottom it´s mainly mud so when you arrive to it and you remove the bottom, the mud creates particles in suspension that makes the task more difficult. However, with good skills you can finish your task successfully – the accomplishment of the task, safely, is our goal.
Internationally recognised diving certification
Eventually though, I decided I’d like to find a job outside my country and improve my knowledge in the diving area in the international field. I chose to train at The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, as I wanted to gain the additional skills I need to develop my career in the subsea sector, starting as construction diver and then keep improving my skills. The HSE diving certification gained is also recognised internationally, so I can now work anywhere in the world.
I found the Centre to be a very good school. All the personnel, instructors, supervisors, etc are very professional, and all the facilities in the school are excellent, including the accommodation.
I attended the New Construction Career Package, the skills I learned are very helpful and valuable; I have a better understanding of the jobs I will be doing in the industry.
Here in México, IMCA recognised certification is not mandatory, so just a few people have a certificate valid for IMCA, such as the HSE certification. Since I returned from UK with my HSE tickets, the company I now work for have offered me a better position; with my new knowledge learned at The Underwater Centre I can make recommendations about safety, operations, procedures, etc.
In few words I’m more valuable for the company than other people because of the knowledge and skills learned at The Underwater Centre.
In order to be able to attend our Construction 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 Construction 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:
- Northern Diver Dry Suit, including hose, manual and maintenance kit;
- Northern Diver woolly bear and neoprene hood;
- Dive Suit Carry Bag;
- Personal Hat Liner;
- Underwater Centre Overalls;
- Divers Logbook;
- Professional Divers Handbook by John Bevan;
- 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:
- Neoprene undersuit for under the hot water suits; work gloves; diving knife; and hard hat.
For more information email us on [email protected] or call +44 1397 703 786.