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HSE SCUBA previousley known as HSE part IV

HSE Commercial SCUBA Course

DV Diving is the only HSE approveded Diver Competence Assessment Organisation in Ireland. The HSE SCUBA certificate is an internationally recognised Approved Diving Qualification under the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR).

The possession of an Approved Diving Qualification is a legal requirement in the UK to undertake any paid diving activity, in particular HSE SCUBA satisfies the requirement for:-

  • Media Diving
  • Shellfish/Aquaculture Diving
  • Scientific and Archaeological Diving
  • Inshore/Inland civils work


What You Learn

DV Diving offers the HSE SCUBA qualification through a modular training program. A combination of prescribed modules form our Commercial SCUBA course. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have inspected and approved the training and assessment given during this course and upon successful completion of the required modules, students will be issued, by the HSE, with a HSE SCUBA diver qualification card. 

The Course is taught in a combination of classroom lectures, confined water pool training and open water training and assessment dives.


Dive Experience

No dive experience is needed to undertake the course but would obviously be a big advantage. Our course is structured so that all students will qualify as of PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Drysuit Diver before the HSE SCUBA training and assessment begin . Those students that already hold these or equivalent qualifications will receive a discount on the course cost.


Before starting the HSE SCUBA Training Programme students must hold a valid HSE certificate of Medical Fitness to Dive. This must be valid for the duration of the course. Students undertaking HSE SCUBA training must organise their own diving medical. This must be carried out by a HSE approved Medical examiner. You should undertake the medical well in advance of the start date of any course. This medical typically costs between £140 and £180. A current list of approved medical examiners of divers may be obtained from either the HSE or DV Diving.

Other Certifications

The HSE First Aid at Work (FAW) and O2 Admin can be provided by DV Diving or they may be attained through any other approved training organisation.


The Cost

The overall cost of training will depend upon the entry level of the student and any optional modules chosen. Deductions are applied to the course fee for qualifications already held by the applicant (Please see table below).

Invoices will be issued prior to the start of the course. A deposit of 50% is payable on booking to confirm your place. Invoices for the outstanding course fees are issued 60 days before the start date. Cancellation for whatever reason within 60 days of the start date will result in the loss of 50% of the deposit paid. The course deposit is not refundable if cancellation is received less than 30 days before the start date, it may at our discretion be transferred to a future course date.

The table below shows the duration and the cost of each module.  The chamber familiarisation and 40m dry dive will be provided by a suitable facility as we don't have our own chamber.  The student is resposible for paying for this directly to the chamber facility.  We can assist students to atend in groups in order to keep the cost down.

A discount may be applied when 4 or more students book and complete the full training course together.

Type Of Module  Course Module Duration in Days    Cost Deduction if Already Held  
Required PADI Open Water 5 £629 100%
PADI Advanced Open Water 3 £429 100%
PADI Rescue Diver 3 £429 50%
Nitrox Diver 1 £179 100%
Oxygen Administrator 1 £129 100%
HSE First Aid at Work (FAW) 4 £265 100%

HSE SCUBA Training & Assesment 

10 £3000 + VAT N/A


Additional skills courses


Optional    Course     Duration    Cost  
RYA Level 2 Powerboat Certification 2 Days £250
RYA Advanced Powerboat Certification   3 Days £350
RYA Sea Survival Course 1 Day £150
RYA Professional Practises and Responsibilities   Online £45