Commercial Scuba and Surface Supplied Diving (Inshore) Training

BIM offers Commercial Scuba and Surface Supplied Diving (Inshore) training listed as QQI Awards on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) at Level 6.


  • Commercial Diver (4 weeks) - 18 February – 22 March 2019
  • Surface Supplied Diver (3 weeks) - 01-19 April 2019

Divers play an important role on fish farms, they are the eyes of management under the water and report on the condition of fish, nets and mooring systems.
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. Irish legislation clearly states that divers at work must have relevant training and so divers with recreational qualifications are not qualified for working in the aquaculture industry.

Commercial SCUBA Diver Training

The BIM Commercial Scuba Diver course runs over four weeks at the National Fisheries College, Castletownbere, Co. Cork. While it is preferable and recommended that candidates have some previous diving experience, suitable candidates with no previous experience may be accepted to the course. Applicants have to undergo a commercial diver’s medical and an interview prior to acceptance. A typical day in dive school will start at 08:30 with dive theory lectures and workshops up until mid-morning followed by scuba training and underwater work tasks. Evening sessions continue after dinner and the day ends around 21:00. Four weeks later, with more than 1000 minutes spent underwater, the students emerge as qualified Commercial Scuba Divers.

Next Course: 18 February-22 March 2019

Course Fee: €4,500.00

Surface Supplied Diver Training

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.
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.

Next Course: 01-19 April 2019.

Course Fee: €5,500.00

Course costs are supported by grant aid under BIM’s Seafood Training Scheme. Register for grant approval @ Accommodation is not included in the course fee. However, BIM can provide a list of local accommodation options.