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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 - hi this is probably going over old ground in some parts of my question but i hope you guys wouldn't mind answering! ok firstly i am interested ...
9 February Tuesday, 2:19 PM
Question - Hi Alf This is probably something you may have answered a 100 times, After living back in the U.K now for 2 years having spent 8 years in Tene ...
9 February Tuesday, 2:13 PM
Question - I am really considering doing the premium package at TUC. however, I have come across allot of critics on the internet who state not to pursue a c ...
9 February Tuesday, 2:10 PM
Question - Hiya I'm looking into going to Fort William. They have a number of packages. Premium Industry Packages consists of HSE First Aid at Work HSE Su ...
9 February Tuesday, 2:07 PM
Question - hi, to all viewers im came from military diving here in philippines after that i got experience in india as offshore diver pipe laying project onl ...
1 February Monday, 10:00 AM
Question - commercial diving trainning
hello, my name is omri from Israel, im an technical diver. can you please help me finding the best commercial diving schools in th uk ?! i w ...
27 January Wednesday, 2:23 PM
Question - bcd or backplate
Hi,i recently trained at TUC up to part 1 and i am currently buy equipment but i dont know wether to get a bcd or a weight harness backplate syste ...
9 December Wednesday, 2:33 PM
Question - hi . im 27 . my background is in construction. im thinking of going to south africa to do a commercial diving course . i belive you might get a be ...
3 December Thursday, 3:14 PM
Question - Seriously looking to undertake HSE Scuba and HSE surface supplied courses. However I have no 'trade' with regards to welding, construction etc. I ...
3 December Thursday, 3:14 PM
Question - hello there, i am currently at a crossroads in my life where i want to do a exciting job, so i am thinking of joining the royal navy as a diver, b ...
3 December Thursday, 3:13 PM
Question - Went to the Dive Show in NEC at the weekend. Spoke to UWC and PDA. ANy idea which one to choose? Both have their plus and minuses. ANy experiences ...
3 December Thursday, 3:12 PM
Question - Hy. I'm 28 years of age and im seriously thinking of a change in job and becoming a commercial diver. Obviously its a big investment for training ...
24 November Tuesday, 4:17 PM
Question - Hello. I am a plumber by trade and recently discovered scuba diving by chance on holiday. I enjoyed it but felt the need to do something whilst un ...
6 November Friday, 11:35 AM
Question - Currently hold PADI master scuba diver certification. Looking to train as a commercial diver. Does this qualifiaction have any weight with regards ...
21 October Wednesday, 11:33 AM
Question - Hi there! As i am attending the TUC in january could anyone tell me about the welding standard AWS D3.6-99. What positions does it cover and would ...
7 October Wednesday, 4:30 PM
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