Fort Bovisand Commercial Diving Course

In 1999, MADU, in conjunction with the Rother Divers from Bexhill and the Tewkesbury Underwater Group (TUG) attended a weekend Commercial Diving Course at Fort Bovisand in Plymouth.

The weekend provided the opportunity to try out various types of commercial surface supply kit including the use of standard dress as well as more modern full face masks, Kirby Morgan helmets and hot water suits.  These were initially used in the pool but subsequently in the sea, assending in the cage from the breakwater fort in the middle of Plymouth Sound. 

In addition to the above we were able to try our hand at underwater Broco welding and cutting and the chance to experience a pot dive in the Fort Bovisand decompression chamber.      

Diver using Standard Dress Diver using a hot water suit

Diver using Standard Dress

Diver using a Hot Water Suit 

 Diver preparing to dive using surface supply

Diver preparing to dive using surface supply 

 Divers preparing to dive using Surface Supply 

 Diver preparing to dive using surface supply

Diver preparing to dive using surface supply 

Diver preparing to dive using Surface Supply 

 Divers being instructed before undertaking an underwater welding & cutting exercise

 Diver returning after completing an underwater welding & cutting exercise

 

 
Divers (above) being instructed
before undertaking
underwater welding & cutting
(right) returning after the exercise