QQI Level 6 Commercial Diver Training

BIM provides Commercial SCUBA Diver and Surface Supplied Diving training that makes the distinction between recreational and commercial diving qualifications.

QQI Level 6 Commercial Scuba Diver

Next course scheduled: 18 February-22 March 2019

Duration: Five-week course, full-time (includes Diving First Aid)

Course Fee: €4,500.00 (Apply for Grant aid)

Contact: della.osullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230

The first step in a career as a commercial diver is to qualify as a QQI Level 6 Commercial Scuba Diver. This training makes the distinction between recreational and commercial diving qualifications and, while scuba equipment limits the range of tasks a diver may undertake, working divers learn to use underwater communication systems, life lines and hand tools. They also learn search and recovery techniques and how to carry out underwater surveys. They will be familiar with a range of tasks, comfortable working in difficult conditions and able to work effectively as a team member providing support and back up for the other divers.

The BIM Commercial Scuba Diver course runs over four weeks at the National Fisheries College Castletownbere Co. Cork. While some previous diving experience is preferable, suitable candidates with no previous experience may be accepted to the course. Applicants must undergo a commercial diver’s medical and an interview prior to acceptance.

QQI Level 6 Surface Supplied Diving (Inshore)

Next course scheduled: 01-19 April 2019

Duration: Three-week course, full-time. Monday to Saturday (inclusive)

Course Fee: €5,500.00 (Apply for Grant aid)

Contact: della.osullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230

BIM’s Level 6 Surface Supplied Diving (Inshore) course trains divers to work with air supplied from the surface via an umbilical. The benefits are significant as the mask typically worn by a scuba diver is replaced with a range of diving helmets which provides superior protection, communication and comfort. This allows the diver to spend longer time and carry out more difficult working tasks underwater.

Many jobs on a fish farm are better performed with the use of surface supplied diving equipment and most marine civil engineering projects such as harbour construction, maintenance and repair, subsea pipe laying inspection, salvage operations, require surface supplied divers. Clearly, once qualified to use surface supplied diving equipment, the employment opportunities are greater.

Divers on the Surface Supplied Diving course learn how to operate a dive control panel and the associated equipment to supply air and communications to the diver. They learn about decompression chambers, make test dives and assist in chamber preparation and operations. They also learn advanced rescue skills should another diver get into difficulty as well as the use of both hand tools and power tools. Surface supplied divers may be required to weld or cut metal underwater, join flanges and spool pieces, replace damaged components on submarine structures and many more complex jobs. Often working in dark water and hazardous environments, these divers need to be well trained, competent and confident.

Fish farms are not the only place such divers can find work. The marine sciences sector often requires divers to carry our seabed surveys and environmental assessments in advance of coastal or inland waterways works, the film industry frequently employs divers for underwater rigging, safety cover and assisting with special effects. With experience and some additional training BIM Surface Supplied Divers can get work in the offshore diving industry as air or saturation divers working on oil rigs and dive vessels in the North Sea and beyond.

Grant Aid for Course Fees

Apply for grant aid for the couse fees and subsistence costs incurred when you undertake your training.

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How to apply

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Contact Us

For further information contact our Training Centre:

National Fisheries College Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Direct: +353 27 71230
nfcicastletownbere@bim.ie