The Main Contents of the ROV Course

Endurance: 3 weeks.

Abyss started to offer ROV courses in 2009.

Since then we have used our experience and knowhow to make our courses as intense and practical as possible.

The course starts Monday kl.0800 the first week and ends kl.1200 on Friday three weeks later. The education and training is from 08.00 to 20.00 every day including all weekends. There are no days off during the course.

The course introduces the students to the main subjects that a future ROV-pilot will  have to handle in practical work. The course is introductory and provides training in the main subjects/tasks that ROV pilots must handle in practical work. 

The students will be qualified as assistant pilots on ROV teams (of course this depends on former education and practice). Note that a basic safety course is necessary to work offshore.

A successfully completed ROV course provides sufficient knowledge for a student to function on a shift. He/she will also be qualified to ask the correct questions to acquire the competence needed for further advancement. 

The listing below is not necessarily in order but will be changed if it gives better progress for the course.

1.1 Module based education

The course is based on modules. Each subject constitutes one module;

-          Electro, high voltage


-          Hydraulics

-          Fiberoptics and terminations of cables and fiber

-          Umbilical, tether

-          Sonar, Hydroaccustic, Subsea navigation

-          Seamanship

-          ROV systems

-          ROV operation

-          Offshore systems, HSE, Procedures

-          Inspections knowledge (extracts from CSWIP 3.3.U)

-          ROV tooling offshore

-          manipulator arms

-          serial communication

-          ROV practice including use of stabs, dredging, lift balloons, high pressure flushing, manipulator arms, ROV-hooks

           Subsea valves, obs-ROV and light work-ROV.

During periods of theoretical learning brief tests are arranged to make sure that everyone has fulfilled the requirements of the schedule. This makes the students used to tests, and Abyss, as a course center, marks the level of knowledge which is expected.

Main aspects of the course.

We have tried to make the course as close to a "real life work-situation" as possible and the course is divided into two main parts:

Week 1.

The first week is mainly theoretical to give the participants enough knowledge to execute practical exercises with a ROV. The course proceeds more and more practical as the participants obtain a larger theoretical background. Security is very important when it comes to practical ROV operations and the participants receive a thorough education in the most common HSE procedures offshore.

Week 2 and 3.

This part is mainly practical. The participants will use most of their time executing practical operations with a ROV. He/she will rotate between operating as pilot and co-pilot and will in addition rotate within the different functions of launch and recovery. During these operations they will practice on all ROV routines and procedures. This applies also to all administrative systems such as dive-logs, daily reports, toolbox meetings, safety meetings, SJA, scope of work, operation timesheets, video-log, survey log and so on. They will also learn about the different types of ROV operations such as survey inspections with CVI and GVI, construction and dive support.

The participant will have the opportunity to operate subsea valves and how to use manipulator arms and hotstabs.

During this period the participants will be divided into groups and shifts to utilize the hours as best possible. One group can for example operate a ROV while another execute practical exercises in the workshop.

These exercises may consist of termination of umbilical, splicing cables, soldering, crimping connectors, splicing fiber, removal and installation of mechanical and hydraulic components and overhaul of these.

During the last week of the course there will be a final exam.

If the ROV-course is of interest, please fill in the form below and attach your CV.

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