Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a welder to take your underwater welding course?
To be clear, UWS is not an underwater welding course. UWS is a commercial diver training course. One of the many skills we train here is welding underwater. No previous welding experience is required to take our commercial diving program.
What diving credentials would I receive upon graduation?
Graduates from our program are DCBC certified Unrestricted Surface Supplied Divers, with the option of getting Restricted Occupational SCUBA, CWB Underwater Welding and IMCA DMT endorsements.
What diving experience do I need?
You need a basic recreational open water SCUBA certificate, and a minimum of 20 logged dives signed off by an instructor or dive master, with an accumulated bottom time of 10 hours prior to the start of the program, you don't need the hours to apply.
I have applied, but may not be able to get all the required dives and/or bottom time, what can I do?
We offer a SCUBA Prep Week on Campus, prior to the start of the program, August 22nd. You can get dives in then, and be assessed by our instructor at that time.
When and where do I get a diving medical?
A list of qualified physicians can be found at divercertification.com. ONLY physicians on this list are acceptable. It is advised that you do not get your medical done until you are accepted into the program.
I already have my first aid and CPR certificate, do I need to take it again?
Yes, all UWS students will be required to take First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provider with us regardless of prior certification or experience.
Do you sell equipment?
No. We do not sell any diving equipment. The list is available under the Program Costs tab. We do run an equipment seminar, and invite vendors to the campus who offer equipment and package deals. This seminar is scheduled the end of June King Campus.