University’s subsea MSc students take to the Underwater Centre at Ft. William

Some of the subsea MSc students from Robert Gordon University at the Underwater Centre
Some of the subsea MSc students from Robert Gordon University at the Underwater Centre

The Underwater Centre has linked up with Robert Gordon University to incorporate a commercial diving familiarisation course as part of its recently introduced MSc in Subsea Engineering one year full time course. 

The Centre will deliver theoretical sessions covering diving physics, diving physiology, gases and diving systems, and diving regulations, using the extensive facilities and subsea equipment available in Fort William. 

The first intake of students visited the Centre in Fort William last month to complete the week-long course, ‘Humans in the Ocean’.

The students also toured the Centre’s recompression chamber facility and ROV training spread. This practical exposure reinforced the theoretical training making it a unique learning experience for RGU’s students.

The Masters in Subsea Engineering is aimed at engineers who already have some relevant offshore oil and gas experience and high calibre graduates who wish to enhance their employability in the subsea industry.

The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and trials facility and is based on the shore of a seawater loch, well sheltered by the surrounding mountains.  The Centre’s unique location allows it to provide year-round training and testing in a tidal, open-water environment with access to depths of over 100 metres.


DBS workers display their NORSOK certificates
DBS workers display their NORSOK certificates

Meanwhile, workers at Davidsons Blast Services in Peterhead have gained the globally recognised NORSOK M501 certification, after demonstrating their competence in surface preparation and application of coating materials.

NORSOK standards are developed by the Norwegian petroleum industry to ensure adequate safety and cost effectiveness for industry developments and operations.  Family firm DBS secured the certification after undertaking a two-day assessment at their premises in Peterhead.

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