Potential students get to try out ROV work before taking the plunge



ROV familiarisation days are now being offered the ROV training centre in Fort William. The familiarisation days will allow potential students the opportunity to explore the world of ROVs before they sign up for a course at The Underwater Centre.

The Underwater Centre’s general manager, Steve Ham commented: “The familiarisation days are held once a month and give potential students the opportunity to speak to trainers, investigate the facilities and gain hands on experience flying live ROVs in Loch Linnhe, one of Scotland’s deepest lochs.”

The seven week Premium ROV course at The Underwater Centre offers training in all the technical skills in operation and maintenance of ROVs, along with essential hands-on experience in piloting them. 

The Underwater Centre uses Loch Linnhe, the sheltered sea loch on which the Centre is based, to provide students with a variety of tasks simulating real work activities. 

The Centre’s underwater site contains numerous features including shipwrecks, ex-army vehicles, a pipeline section and even an oil platform leg.

The loch provides realistic offshore conditions with depths ranging from 8-150m, in tidal currents with varying visibility allowing students to learn in an environment which will become very familiar to them in their profession.

The global demand for ROVs was recently highlighted in a report from analysts, Douglas-Westwood, which revealed that expenditure on work class ROV operations had more than doubled since 2002.

The energy analysts predict that by 2011, $1.458 billion will have been spent in this sector meaning that demand for ROV pilots is only going to increase.



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