Course information

The HSE Scuba qualification (formerly known as HSE part 4) allows you to legally dive at work in the UK under the “Diving at work Regulations 1997“.

The HSE Scuba qualification is the first rung of the ladder in the commercial diving world and is a must for anybody looking to dive in the media, scientific, archeological or shellfish industries . The HSE scuba qualification is also required before commencing the Surface Supplied course.

Why choose Andark?

With over 35 years experience in commercial diving and recreational Scuba training the HSE recognises Andark’s ability to provide professional training to the highest possible standard, and it is this experience that helps us to capitalise on previous recreational qualifications and convert them to competent HSE commercial divers in just 10 days.

Course Prerequisites

  • PADI Rescue Diver or BS-AC Dive Leader or above. If you are not a qualified diver then you will need to do the following in sequence; PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced & PADI Rescue, PADI enriched Air (Nitrox) if you are unsure please contact us.
  • HSE First Aid at Work
  • HSE Medical – A yearly medical that must be valid for the duration of the course. For a list of approved doctors click here.
  • Recompression Chamber Operator’s Course – London Diving Chamber, London Hyperbaric orDDRC. 
  • Oxygen Admin – You could combine this with your First Aid at Work  or Rescue courses or as a stand-alone PADI Oxygen Provider.
  • Drysuit Diver – logbook entries must be provided to prove drysuit competence. Or if you need training try PADI Drysuit Diver
  • UK Competent –  again logbook entries are required to prove this.

What will I learn?

Diving at work means diving to get to your place of work (camera operator, hull inspection etc) and is very different from recreational diving where you control your own dive.We will teach you how to use full face masks, in water comms, tendered diver and line signals. You will learn how to work underwater with hand tools, conduct surveys, searches and recovery. You will be continually assessed on your diving ability, rescue skills and your ability to work as part of a professional team.

The theory covers the diving at work regs, risk assessments, how to run a dive site, US Navy and Canadian decompression tables, air purity, cylinder filling and safe working practises. The theory is verified with 5 written exams.

Course dates

Week 1Week 2
29th January - 2nd February5th - 9th February
19th March - 23rd March26th March - 30th March
11th June - 15th June18th - 22nd June
1st - 5th October 8th - 12th October

Course price

10 day course £1800.00

How is the course run?

The course duration is 10 days (Monday to Friday over two consecutive weeks). Each day starts and ends at Andark and roughly the course comprises the following:- 2 days at Andark, 2 days at Vobster Quay, 1 day in Portland Harbour, 2 days in the Hamble river, and 3 days in the new Andark training lake.

What's Included

  • Use of all major items of kit (but use your own if you’d rather…)
  • Course manual including example exam papers.
  • Commercial diver’s logbook
  • Travel to and from dive sites
  • Entrance and boat fees

What's not included?


How to book

Simply phone to book your place then download and complete the PDF document to bring with you.

HSE Form

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