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Commercial Diving Q and A Forum

All questions are answered by Alf Leadbitter, Dive Training Manager or Ali MacLeod Assistant Dive Training Manager at The Underwater Centre. Now a commercial instructor Alf has 15 years experience as a commercial diver where he worked his way up to Sat Diving Supervisor and Oil Company Rep. Ali has been diving for 16 years and is a qualified Diver, Dive Supervisor and Diver Medic. The Underwater Centre is the only centre to offer all the HSE commercial diving qualifications from Scuba to Closed Bell (Saturation Diving) as well as industry tailored skills courses, Diver Medic courses and Assistant Life Support Technician courses.

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Question - I am looking to move into a Commercial Diving Career at the age of 33yrs. My background is within the oil/shipping Industry but more office based ...
24 February Tuesday, 9:36 AM
Question - hi . could you tell me if the south african surface supplied qualification differs any from the the UK one please ? i know its recognised by the H ...
24 February Tuesday, 9:34 AM
Question - hello ive recently done my hse part 4 commercial diving and trying to get a job i was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction to ...
17 February Tuesday, 12:04 PM
Question - I am considering attending a technical school for commercial diving with hopes for employment worldwide over time. What courses should I be lookin ...
17 February Tuesday, 12:03 PM
Question - Hi Im 30. Im from Brazil and i live here in England and was just thinking of take one step foward in my life becoming a commercial diver and mov ...
17 February Tuesday, 12:02 PM
Question - Hi Alf,am 29 yares old been in the construction industry for 9 years am a steel erector/level 3 rigger been working offshore for about 3 years now ...
17 February Tuesday, 11:59 AM
Question - Girls in Commercial Diving. Realistic? I'm a 19 year old from Canada (sadly I can find no canadian dive forums) and am looking to attend dive scho ...
My question to you would be is it worth getting into? I have always been an outdoorsy kind of gal, I love marine biology, have volunteered at Vanc ...
17 February Tuesday, 11:58 AM
Question - How do we utilise commercial divers to work as self employed agents?
UK Lake Management Ltd are a newly formed ltd company specialising in the retrieval of golf balls from water hazards on golf courses nationwide. W ...
17 February Tuesday, 11:58 AM
Question - I am about to Commence training at Fortwilliam in March. Can you recommend a good technical commercial diving book, that would be useful to read ...
17 February Tuesday, 11:57 AM
Question - Is it worth the career change? Hi, I have been working offshore in the O & G industry for 12 years as a Rope access supervisor, qualified in va ...
15 October Wednesday, 5:51 PM
Question - I'm considering a career in Commercial Diving. However, I am concerned about what the terms of employment are like. Would I be hired by a Commerci ...
7 October Tuesday, 3:10 PM
Question - I have been asked for my day rate for a job coming up in UAE, What would you expect to get as a bell diver/welder, I am newly qualified but the jo ...
12 September Friday, 3:24 PM
Question - Hi, im 17 from Dorset and am a recently qualified Divemaster, was just wondering where and how i could get some experience and training near me, i ...
3 July Thursday, 2:12 PM
Question - Hi, I am 29, currently a BSAC Dive Leader with underwater survey experience, have a BSc in Marine Biol & MSc in Aquaculture. I also have a number ...
24 June Tuesday, 1:52 PM
Question - I am currently enrolled on the premium industry package at the centre in september. I have just yesterday turned 30 and am currently serving in th ...
24 June Tuesday, 1:38 PM
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