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Construction Career Package

Developed following feedback from diving contractors, this HSE Commercial Diver Training Package includes extra skills and certifications - book now!


11 week Construction Career Package: £13,770 


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 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.

The below additional skills and certifications are included for FREE – making vital and valuable additions to your CV making you more employable – saving you over £1,500:

  • MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections
  • Commercial Enriched Air Nitrox

Course delivery

This course is delivered on a full-time basis.

For all available dates and prices see here.

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 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.

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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Dates & Prices

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For the most up-to-date course dates and availability please contact our student advisors.

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Start Date:  16/07/2018
End Date:  28/09/2018
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,500.00
Start Date:  19/11/2018
End Date:  15/02/2019
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,500.00
Start Date:  04/02/2019
End Date:  19/04/2019
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,770.00
Start Date:  08/04/2019
End Date:  21/06/2019
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,770.00
Start Date:  10/06/2019
End Date:  23/08/2019
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,770.00
Start Date:  12/08/2019
End Date:  25/10/2019
Duration:  11 weeks
Price:  £13,770.00
Start Date:  14/10/2019
End Date:  17/01/2020
Duration:  11 weeks (Break 16/12/19 to 06/01/2020)
Price:  £13,770.00

Case Study

Construction Career Package – Marco Polo Manubes

CAD.361 SS Deco154Since 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

CAD.361 SS Deco77Work 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.

Advancing career

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);

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.

Kit List

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.

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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