An HSE Commercial SCUBA Diver Certificate is an approved diving qualification under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR). An approved diving qualification is a legal requirement in the UK to undertake paid diving work in areas such as: Media - TV, film, Scientific, Archaeological, Shellfish Diving, Inland / inshore. All of these areas have their own individual Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs).
We offer a 9 day assessment for experienced divers to include HSE First Aid at Work & Oxygen provider course (if required). The theory portion of the course is carried out in the comfort of our classroom. Students are introduced to the benefits of wearing positive pressure systems & Kirby Morgan full facemasks which are fitted with the same hardwire communications systems worn by working divers.
Practical procedures such as treating the effects of decompression illness are practiced in a hyperbaric chamber at the Diving Diseases & Research Centre, under the supervision of our own team of staff. Combined with a tour of the facility, the chamber is also utilised to carry out a dry 50 m chamber dive which allows students to appreciate the narcotic value of air at increased pressures. Nitrogen narcosis is normally experienced at depths greater than 30 m & for the unaware diver it can present several dangers as the symptoms develop.
During the open water phase of the course, many new skills are attained including diver to surface support communications, search & survey techniques, risk assessing, rescue procedures, report writing, rigging & hand-tool use. A fresh water dive is carried out in our quarry to familiarise students with the negative effect on buoyancy compared to diving in a seawater location. This dive also teaches students how to overcome the reduced visibility normally found in this type of environment. The remaining course dives will take place from our hard boats &/or commercial spec RIB. Our licensed & fully coded vessel includes full wheelhouse, very spacious working decks, on board mixing panel & bank with full electronics including through water live video and audio feed diver to surface.
Minimum entry requirements for 9 day assessment are:
CMAS 2 star, PADI Rescue Diver, SAA Dive Leader, BSAC Dive Leader (or equivalent)
Evidence of a minimum of 25 dives over varying depths, the majority of which should have been in UK type conditions using a dry suit
HSE First Aid at Work
Oxygen Administration Certificate
Current HSE Medical Certificate of Fitness to dive
NOTE: All these entry requirements can be arranged through In Deep Commercial Diver Trainin