Commercial Diving Training Singapore | Level 2 SSDE Diver

Commercial Diving

Level 2 - Inland/Inshore Surface Supplied Diving Equipment (SSDE) Diver

About This Course

ISO 29990 2010 Standard - CSCUBA and SSDE

(First Learning Service Provider to be accredited to ISO 29990:2010 Standard)

~ Approved for SDF Training Grant, SkillsFuture Credit & PSEA

This course will train you to the required competencies certification as a commercial diver for commercial diving operations using Surface Supplied Diving Equipment (SSDE) (No decompression, maximum depth 30m).

The training standard is prepared by the Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC) in consultation with the Commercial Diving Association Singapore (CDAS). The training and assessment of commercial diver trainees is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the relevant legislations, codes of practices, technical advisories and guidelines 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.

To be certified as a SSDE commercial diver, the person must have completed Level 1— CSCUBA Diver training and all the relevant units for the level of training and certification awarded as outlined in this standard. It is the responsibility of the employer/contractor who engages the occupational diver to ensure the diving personnel are suitably trained and competent for the scope of work being carried out.

This training and certification of commercial divers, are the requirements of authorities and industry demand a prescribed degree of training and competence to ensure an adequate degree of safety and performance during occupational diving operations. With this standard, it provides the authorities, clients and contractors that certified commercial divers have attained the competencies to be employed as commercial divers.


This competency standard outlines the minimum requirements that must be achieved to ensure that occupational divers are trained/certified as competent commercial divers. This competency standard details the level of knowledge, theory requirements and practical application of the diving techniques needed by divers while using SSDE diving to a maximum depth of 30m (99fsw).


Diver Progression Flow Chart - CSCUBA Diver level 1

CORE Competency Units

  • Legislation and Standards
  • Diving Theory—Physics
  • Diving Theory: Physiology
  • Diving Procedures
  • Underwater and Surface Operational Hazards
  • Documentation and Records

SPECIFIC Competency Units

  • SSDE — Diving equipment, Systems, Procedures and Practices
  • SSDE Diving

Enhanced Units for Deck Decompression Chamber (Optional)

  • Deck Decompression Chamber Procedures
  • Deck Decompression Chamber Operator

These (2) units are optional, however, divers shall be trained and certified in the DDC units for diving operations requiring a DDC onsite.


20 working days (including examinations and assessment)


A minimum of 6 candidates are required to start the training.


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


  • 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 trainee must be in possession of a valid certificate of medical fitness to dive (refer to Singapore Standards SS 511) issued, after examination, by a doctor experienced in underwater medicine and who is trained and qualified in Underwater Medicine, basic and advanced courses in diving medicine or courses of a similar standard.

  • Be a qualified CSCUBA Diver.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be a competent swimmer.
  • 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 other persons.
  • Hold a certificate from a recognized first aid course (this may be included in the training / assessment process)
  • Persons holding commercial diver certificates to CSCUBA level may upgrade their diving qualifications by completion of all remaining modules in this Standard for full SSDE Diver certification.

Working Categories for Inland/Inshore Commercial Diving (0 — 30 metres)

Includes but not limited to Underwater inspection and photography; Environmental management; Scientific Diving; Aquaculture; Aquariums; Underwater film production; Police and emergency services rescue response; Underwater engineering and construction.

Note: All dives are to be No Decompression diving.

ASSESSMENT and Certification

There will be individual assessment such as personal dive record, use and set up SSDE equipment and many group work activities to encourage teamwork. Candidates are assessed by examinations and practical assessment. Upon successful completion and passed the diver training and competency assessment, the delegate will be awarded with KBA Training ‘Certificate of Completion’.

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. 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. 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.

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