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)

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. Candidates will be assigned work tasks using hydraulic and pneumatic tooling as well as the use of underwater oxy arc cutting (burning) equipment. These work assignments will assist the diver with gaining valuable training and experience on the tools before working in industry.

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 SS 511) 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 (including examinations and assessment)
Level 2 (SSDE Diver Training) :
20 working days (including examinations and assessment)

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


S$7,500 (Subject to GST)

Course Funding and SkillsFuture Credit - See below


A minimum class of six (6) divers is required to run this course while maximum at twelve (12). KBAT have 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 SS511:2010).
  • 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
  • Understand 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)


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. Approved for 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) (formerly WDA) approval.


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

NETT Fee payment. Company/Individual will pay KBAT the unfunded portion of the course fee. The training grant application submitted by the company/individual 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. Approved for SkillsFuture Credit. Eligible candidates (Singapore Citizen) will also be entitled to use their SkillsFuture Credit to get reimbursement if they wish to utilise their SFC. Contact us for more information.

3. UTAP LOGO NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Terms and conditions apply.


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.

For More Information

Course Flyer Application Form

To be completed and sent to KBAT with the registration form above.

Course Schedule

Singapore CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days PROMOTIONAL FEE
Contact us to register: 13 May - 09 July 2019
SGD $7500.00
Singapore - CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days PROMOTIONAL FEE
Contact us to register: 13 May - 09 July 2019
SGD $7500.00
Singapore CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days PROMOTIONAL FEE
Contact us to register: 22 July - 17 September 2019
SGD $7500.00
Singapore - CSCUBA - 20 working days SSDE - 20 working days PROMOTIONAL FEE
Contact us to register: 22 July - 17 September 2019
SGD $7500.00

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