Novice to Commercial Diver Course

We have been asked by a few people, is there a way to go from being a non-diver to being a qualified commercial level diver. Well now the answer is yes.

We will take a non-diver and train them from zero over six weeks to be an entry level commercial diver. What does that mean?

Well according to the HSE, that governs commercial diving in the UK, an entry level commercial diver is a CMAS 3. As a CMAS 3 commercial diver, you are legally allowed to work within the following fields;

  • Scientific and Archaeological Diving
  • Media Diving – including Actors/Actresses, Stunt personnel and presenters
  • In Pools, Tanks or Aquariums;
  • In support of Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET)
  • Shellfish Diving

So, from novice to CMAS3 commercial diver in six weeks!

By the end of the course you will have achieved*;

  • Ocean Diver
  • Sports Diver
  • Dive Leader
  • Advanced Diver
  • CMAS3
  • First Aid at Work Level3
  • Working in Confined Spaces L2
  • Health & Safety L2

And in addition, you will be rated to 50mtr depth, competent boat handler and potentially based on your competence have gained your specialist courses as follows*;

  • Accelerated Decompression Procedures
  • Boat Handler
  • Diver Coxn
  • Twin Set Ticket
  • Mixed Gas Sports Ticket 50mtr
  • Full Face Mask

This course runs with a maximum of 2 people on it, but will run with just one person.

** Self Catering bunk-room is provided in the cost. **

Dates are at any time to suit you, training will be intense and evenings will be required for theory sessions. Once you have passed the Sports Diver module, you may well find yourself assisting on courses and safety diving on training for other divers to build your experience, and gain experience of diving at work. By the end of the course, you will have logged a minimum of 60 dives. *

Course program;

  • Part 1 = Day 1 to Day 6 – Training
  • Day 7 – rest day
  • Part 2 = Day 8 to 13 – Training
  • Day 14 to 16 – Rest Days
  • Part 3 = Day 17 – 22 – Training
  • Day 23 – rest day
  • Part 4 = Day 24 to 29 – Training
  • Day 30 to 32 – Rest days
  • Part 5 = Day 33 to 38 – Training to completion.

Kit Included;

Full kit rental is included in the cost of the course, including log book.

All diving is carried out in a dry-suit and upon completion of the course, you get to keep the commercial dry-suit.


  • Part 1, 2 and 3 will be based in South Wales
  • Part 4 will be based in Orkney, Scotland (all costs included excluding food)
  • Part 5 will be based in South Wales


Cost for the course is £11,000 +vat


*depending on competence