Inland Commercial Diver Training | Lvl 1 CSCUBA & Lvl 2 SSDE

Commercial Diving

Inland/Inshore Commercial Diver Training (Level 1 and Level 2 – CSCUBA Diver and SSDE Diver)

About This Course

ISO 29990 2010 Standard - CSCUBA and SSDE

First Learning Service Provider to be accredited to ISO 29990:2010 Standard. SSG Approved (SDF Training Grant, SkillsFuture Credit & PSEA)

Course Reference Number:

  • CRS-N-0040530 (Level 1 - CSCUBA)
  • CRS-N-0040529 (Level 2 - SSDE)

Funding Validity Period: Till 09 Jun 2022
Course Training Duration: 20 days for each level
Mode of Training: Full-Time

An intensive commercial diving training programme that allows graduates to enter an exciting new career as an inland/inshore commercial diver. Inland/Inshore commercial divers typically work in shallower depth ranges down to 30 meters and are employed primarily on ship husbandry / maintenance, marine construction, shipyard construction & repair, docking operations in shipyards, inspection and projects conducted within harbours and inland waterways. No previous diving experience is necessary to attend.

During the commercial diver training programme, candidates will learn the theory aspects to being a commercial diver including safe diving practices and get to experience realistic tasks associated with Inland/Inshore diving operations.

This course competency standard is issued by the Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Singapore in consultation with the Commercial Diving Association Singapore (CDAS). The training and assessments are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Singapore Standards for Commercial Diving and associated codes of practice e.g Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA), Code of Practice for Diving at Work (Singapore Standards SS511) and Technical Advisory (TA) for Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving Safety and Health).


Diver Progression Flow Chart - CSCUBA Diver level 1

Level 1 - Commercial Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (CSCUBA) Diver

  • Legislation and Standards
  • Diving Theory— Physics
  • Diving Theory— Physiology
  • Basic Diving First Aid
  • Commercial Diving Procedures
  • Underwater and Surface Operational Hazards
  • Documentation and Records
  • CSCUBA Emergency Procedures and Rescues
  • CSCUBA Equipment Systems and Practice
  • CSCUBA Diving Practical Training and Assessment

Level 2 - Surface Supplied Diving Equipment (SSDE)

  • SSDE Diving Procedures
  • SSDE Diving equipment, Systems and Practices
  • SSDE Emergency Procedures and Rescues
  • SSDE Diving Practical Training
  • SSDE Diving using Industry standard tools


Level 1 (CSCUBA Diver Training) :
20 working days (120 hours of practical, 40 hours of theory including assessment)
Level 2 (SSDE Diver Training) :
20 working days (120 hours of practical, 40 hours of theory including assessment)

(Residential packages can be arranged within Singapore. Contact us for more info).


A minimum class of six (6) divers is required to run this course while maximum at twelve (12). KBAT has the right to cancel the course should this minimum number is not met.


Suitable for individual who aspires to start a commercial diver career.


  • Inland Inshore survey / Inspection work
  • Inspection & ship husbandry (Light tasks only)
  • Aquarium Diving
  • Scientific Diving
  • Archeological Diving
  • Film & Media Diving
  • Inland / Inshore Underwater Construction Diver
  • Ships Husbandry
  • Ship’s Hull Cleaning
  • Ship’s Repairs
  • Shipyard Diving
  • Underwater Welder
  • Search and Recovery
  • Salvage Diving
  • Inspection Diver


  • The candidate must be in possession of a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive in accordance with Singapore Standards SS511:2018).
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a competent swimmer (candidates will have to complete a 200 meter swim).
  • Be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, decimals and simple fractions.
  • Be able to calculate percentages; and transpose and solve simple formulas e.g. gas laws
  • Understands written and verbal communications (using English), and be able to communicate easily with others. (Note: This is particularly important where trainees or instructors are of differing nationalities)
  • Holds a certificate of MOM / ISO Occupational First Aid (including CPR+AED) and Diving First Aid (Diving First Aid may be included in the training / assessment process)


Candidates will be assessed on diving theory knowledge with a written examination after each level course completed. Practical diver assessments will be carried out throughout the diver training where candidates will be assessed on;

  • Safe commercial diving practices
  • Equipment set up and pre dive equipment checks
  • Dressing in divers and pre dive safety checklists
  • In water diving practices and basic diving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Emergency procedures & first aid
  • Basic seamanship, knots, splices and rigging
  • Post dive equipment maintenance
  • Team work (candidates will act as lead diver several times throughout the course)


There will be individual assessment such as personal dive record, correct use of diving equipment and many group work activities to encourage teamwork. Candidates are assessed by examinations, written reports and practical assessment.

Upon successful completion of the training, and passed all theory and practical assessment, the following certificates will be issued:

  • Level 1 Commercial Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (CSCUBA) Diver
  • Level 2 Surface Supplied Diving Equipment (SSDE) Diver
  • Basic Diving First Aid

Note: This Standard does not apply to diving operations conducted within the Offshore Oil & Gas industry.


1. Skills Development Fund (SDF) Training Grant - Up to 95% subsidy (eligibility criteria apply). Absentee Payroll (AP) approved.

*Final grant amount subject to SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (SSG) approval.

Eligibility: The general eligibility criteria are listed as follows:

  • Companies are registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • Supportable cost components (such as Course fees) are fully sponsored by companies
  • Trainees are employees who are either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (PR) of Singapore
  • Trainees have achieved at least 75% attendance and have sat for all examinations if the course leads to certification

NETT Fee payment. Company will pay KBAT the unfunded portion of the course fee. The training grant application submitted by the company is first routed to the training organisation for endorsement, before routing to SSG. Training organisation is responsible to submit the claim to SSG upon course completion. Upon approval of the claim, the course fee funding will be disbursed to the training organisation and Absentee Payroll funding, if applicable, will be disbursed to the company.

2. SkillsFuture Credit. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website ( to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory. Contact us for more information.

3. PSEA (Post-Secondary Education Account). All Singaporeans aged 30 and below can use their PSEA from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Click here for more information.
* Eligibility criteria apply to all above funding.


To Offshore Commercial Diver

Complete a 4-week HSE Conversion Package in Scotland, UK and you will attain HSE Part I - Surface Supplied / Top-Up certificates. As a HSE Part I diver, you are qualified to work in any inshore / offshore worksite globally. (Minimum entry is completion of Level 1 and Level 2). Click here for the flyer.

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Course Schedule

Singapore CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days
TBC contact us for 2020 course schedule
SGD $17213.09
Singapore - CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days
TBC contact us for 2020 course schedule
SGD $17213.09

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