Commercial Dive Training with Professional Diving Services


In a class of eleven candidates also featuring maritime archaeologists, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff and a shipwright, Kate Pritchard, Matt McArthur, Shaun Davis and David Donnelly completed this challenging course run by the Professional Divers Training Academy, part of Professional Diving Services. The team spent a week in the classroom at the Professional Diving Services offices  in Carrum Downs before heading to Saint Leonards on the western side of Port Phillip.  They gained experience in commercial SCUBA diving on the Clarence, the oldest known wreckage of an Australian made ship. The dives were made in the company of maritime archaeologists from all over the country, drawn to Saint Leonards to collaborate on a new approach to documenting and conserving our underwater historic sites.



Upon completing the required bottom time and tasks on the Clarence the team relocated to Albury, New South Wales. The Albury exercises provided the most challenging diving scenarios, with low (sometimes zero) visibility, entanglements and obstructions common. To their credit Kate, Shaun, Matt and Dave all passed their assessments with flying colours, adding new capabilities to the evolving skills base of Australian Marine Ecology.alt













The company is very happy to welcome back the newly accredited divers who look forward to future opportunities to practice their recently acquired skills. 

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