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Why you should never settle for less in commercial diver training

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The Most Comprehensive Commercial Diver Training Course Worldwide

The Professional Diving Centre commercial diver training courses have been designed with students and dive companies in mind, and aimed at you achieving a successful career in commercial diving. This happens when attending a course at PDC as we do not offer the minimum training for the minimum money. In this career, you are employed part time. Therefore, you have to know what you are doing and be an asset to the dive team and company you are working for. This cannot be achieved when you attend a dive course with the minimum training at the minimum costs.  Professional Diving Centre focuses on small, intimate classes with around 12 students per course. Our priority is equipping commercial divers with the training and knowledge required to succeed, and be safe in their new careers. To offer this training, PDC has a unique range of highly qualified diving instructors, diving gear and other equipment that you will not find and use elsewhere.


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DSV Deepworx and the Professional Diving Centre

PDC training includes over 100 logged dives and PDC commercial diver training courses are not an introduction to diving and tools like some other schools – our training includes actual working dives and tasks. The PDC working dives & equipment prepare you the student for real-life work. PDC regularly reviews working tasks, and upgrades equipment to stay as a leader in commercial diver training. (Watch out for those schools offering minimal training at minimal costs if you want to work as a commercial diver. Remember – you are employed on your ability to get the job done. Your ability is limited with minimal training, therefore you have the choice to choose PDC.). See PDC school’s commercial diving equipment

Commercial diving students with tasks at quarry dive site

The training includes fresh water dives, as many commercial diving jobs are done on dam walls and reservoirs. Quarry diving in fresh water with low to zero visibility prepares a diver for different densities of diving operations. It is very important in commercial diver training for a diver to dive in both fresh and salt water; in good and bad visibility.

Commercial Scuba Diving

At sea where depths vary between 12 m and 200 metres some training dives take place from the dedicated dive support vessel, a large steel Catamaran called Deepworx, which has accommodation on board. Deepworx has a sat system and surface supply dive control station on board for 4 surface supplied divers.  It has gas quads below deck and an HP and LP compressor on board driven by one of the two diesel generators. Class II wet bell training consists of a number of training wet bell dives involving actual emergency drills.  Wet bell dives cover wet bell procedures, these dives include loss of voice communications, loss of main gas, lockout procedures as working diver and bellman rescues of various situations including that of unconscious diver. Abandonment of wet bell both as diver and bellman as well as surface standby rescue diver and bellman to the wet bell are also included. These drills take a number of bell dives to complete and the wet bell training is done properly so that you are competent in a wet bell and able to perform bell tasks and rescues as a working diver. The Dive Basket which is the most common means of deploying divers for offshore training is also done. Wet Bell training has a minimum depth for training and PDC complies with this water depth.

Commercial Diving Training, Commercial diver training, commercial diver license

PDC is conveniently located within the Durban Harbour, in the ship repair basin with its own quayside and jetty next to the ships and is close to the dry docks. This strategic location gives trainee divers the unique opportunity to dive in the real working environment and to see ships moored before diving under them during class III training. PDC offers real diving sites and operating conditions that totally prepare students for the real life circumstances they will face in their new careers.

PDC has dive stations on the jetty and along the quay. The offshore air spread is to IMCA offshore specifications with a Deck Decompression Chamber inside a 6m shipping container. We have a number of other diving chambers and bells including mixed gas and two saturation diving systems, which also meet IMCA Specifications.  On site is a six metre deep training tank with large windows for introduction dives to new equipment as well as NDT, welding and rescue drills. There is a welding workshop at the school, which allows students to learn to weld and cut on land before progressing to the underwater welding workbench in the harbour below the jetty. The jetty and quay dive stations allow for diving between 5 and 12 metres. The dive stations have welding, burning – underwater cutting, hydraulic and pneumatic power tools, air lifting, rigging, search patterns, water jetting and CCTV and still 35mm inspection photography as well as other common diver tasks such as pipelines, flogging flanges, Hy Torc Hydraulic bolt tensioner, lift bags, etc. Underwater NDT equipment such as the Cygnus 1 Ultrasonic Thickness metre, the Roxby Mk5 C.P. metre and Magnetic Partical Inspection magnets and lights are also used by students as an introduction to NDT techiniques while diving from the school jetty.

Divers are given various tasks to do and at the end of the course, and complete deep air dives lasting over 1 hour each (including actual Surface Decompression dives on oxygen) with various obstacles and tasks including loose ropes and metal structures, mainly in zero visibility at 40 metres plus.  Dives down to 50 metres are also done mainly out at sea again off Deepworx.