About the Professional Diving Academy
An intensive world class commercial diver training programme that will unlock an exciting new commercial diver career. The “PDA” has a global reputation for delivering high quality HSE accredited commercial diver training and our internationally recognised certification creates world wide employment opportunities in a potentially lucrative new subsea career full of challenge, interest and excitement.
The PDA are one of the most modern diver training schools in the world with a unique link to the diving industry through our ADC accredited sister company Shearwater Marine Services, one of the UK’s largest marine civil engineering diving contractors. This vital interface with the commercial diving world allows our delegates to experience an unrivalled industry relevant training programme that teaches essential skills in a real world environment.
Operating from a modern and spacious building boasting some superb facilities the Professional Diving Academy offers the ideal platform to learn the fundamental skills required when setting out to become an accomplished career diver. From the well equipped welding bays, diving tank, drying room and base recompression chamber, to the spacious classrooms, offices and canteen, students always appreciate the benefits of having everything housed in one convenient location.
The Professional Diving Academy was set up in response to several years of frustration within the diving industry at an apparent lack of skills with newly qualified divers. It was noted by many companies that commercial diver training wasn’t educating divers in many of the basic working skills that divers require, such as underwater tools use, rigging and lifting or underwater burning and welding. The training model from the very outset was to ensure that PDA graduates had a significant skills advantage over other new divers entering the industry, therefore providing a solid foundation from which they could build a successful future diving career.
The courses have been designed to include advanced skills training in essential working techniques, which although not a requirement as part of the HSE diver training syllabus, is most definitely preferred by any future employer. It remains our primary goal to ensure that during their time at the academy, students are acquainted with a variety of tools in a realistic and safe working environment.
The highly experienced and knowledgeable “real life” Diving Supervisors, allows PDA students to benefit from a broad spectrum background of commercial diving experience. Ultimately this knowledgeable experience help our newly qualified divers to adapt more readily to the real thing when it finally arrives.