About Centre for Maritime and Offshore Studies

The center is a result of industrial collaboration between the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun and the maritime and offshore industries. The goal of the center is to teach courses with national and international recognition.


The diving certifications are targeted towards commercial diving (IMCA Parts 1 and 2). CMOS diving school is programmed to teach subjects related to Grade 4 and Grade 3 leading to Grade 2 and Grade 1.
The CMOS diving school provides Basic Commercial Diving that will enable the student to specialize as an inspection diver, diver medic, dive technician, diving supervisor and diving superintendent.
CMOS Diving training is tailored to meet the standard of internationally recognized bodies such as IMCA (International Maritime and Contractors Association) at Grades 2 and 1.

A. Grade 4 Diving Certification
This is a diving appreciation course and the course provides background for the student to commence his career in the diving industry.
Basic subjects include diving appreciation, swimming technique, nasal equalization technique, buoyancy control and use of fins and other diving equipment. Maximum water depth of training is less than 10 meters.

Qualification: Minimum of Secondary School Certificate. Ability to read and write in English is mandatory.
Duration: 4 weeks
Venue of the course: Marine Engineering Department new block
1. Adequate background for a diving career
2. Adequate knowledge to manage a diving business.
3. Good knowledge of diving for recreation and sport.

B. Grade 3 Diving Certification
This course will prepare the student into commercial diving of Grade 2 (also referred to as Part-1 in IMCA Classification).
Grade 3 course is an advance level of Grade 4. It will include underwater diving with Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA) with air as the breathing gas. Maximum water depth of training is not more than 30 meters.

Courses include elementary rigging, use of lifting bags, use of hand tools in underwater conditions, jetting, simple underwater construction tasks, boat and dingy operations. The principles of the following subjects are also taught, but in-water experience is not mandatory; Bolt guns, explosive and wet welding.
Lessons on effect of wave and current on dives.Basic knowledge of diving health risk, prevention, control and treatment in dives.

Qualifications: Grade 4 dive certificate or minimum of four (4) passes at O’level Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent. Prospective candidate must be medically fit to dive. Ability to read and write in English language is mandatory.
Duration: 4 months
Venue of the course: The FUPRE Marine Engineering Department new block.
1. Equiped with sufficient dive methods to progress into commercial diving.
2. Standby divers at swimming pools and beaches.
3. Graduates of the programme can own underwater fishing businesses.
4. Adequate knowledge to manage a diving business.
5. Graduates are well equipped for SCUBA diving for recreation and sports.
6. Graduates can do basic search and rescue at sea or rivers without compromising safety.
7. Underwater inspection of boats and ocean going vessels can be performed with ease by graduates. That can form a source of income for self reliance.

C. Grade 2 Diving Certificate (Basic Commercial Diving Certificate)

This is the commercial professional dive certificate that is required in the oil and gas and maritime industries.

A professional diver is someone who performs work under-water safely and professionally. He is a trained diver. The underwater work includes and not limited to welding, gas cutting, bolting, jacking, lifting, rock drilling, dredging, inspection of equipment and facilities installed underwater, semi-submerged structures underwater structure repairs and maintenance etc. Nigeria and indeed the world have tasks for professional divers in the vast ocean and seas. Nigeria and most of the West African countries have oil and gas field requiring underwater inspections and maintenance.There has also been recent development in generating electrical power from West African rivers and oceans. Underwater divers who are properly trained to perform installations and repairs underwater are largely required.
Within the swamps, estuaries and offshore, there are infrastructures such as bridges, ports and pipelines. We also have ship/boats/barges requiring underwater inspection, maintenance, fiber optics cable burial and recovery, salvage and rescue preparedness. Other important activities are related to archaeology and underwater discoveries where divers are needed. It is always fun to perform professional engineering work underwater.

As a Grade 2 diver, you can dive to 50 meters inshore and offshore. Our Grade 2 certificate does not only equip you with a career to work in the oil/gas and maritime industries but also offers you basic opportunity to progress your career in the industry as Inspection diver, Medic diver, Diving Supervisor etc.

The first part of the course consists of theoretical lessons in dive medicine, diving physics, decompression tables, seamanship, underwater works, diving equipment and other relevant subjects. The theoretical subjects will facilitate and enable you to safely enjoy each hour you spend underwater. We will teach you different diving techniques and the use of different types of tools available to suit various tasks in and over water. You may also have the opportunity to learn how to service pressure chamber with your training dive leader.
Grade 2 course focuses on various diving techniques. There is strong emphasis on safety procedures or security procedures.

Qualifications: Grade 3 dive certificate or 3 Credits at O-level Secondary Certificate or its equivalent. Prospective candidate must be medically fit. Ability to read and write in English language is mandatory.
Duration: 6 months
Venue of the course: The FUPRE Marine Engineering Department new block.
Opportunities: As have discussed in C1 and C2. This is the relevant qualification in oil and gas industry.

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, sets qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships. STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. The Convention was significantly amended in 1995.

The 1978 STCW Convention was the first to establish basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level. Previously the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping of officers and ratings were established by individual governments, usually without reference to practices in other countries. As a result standards and procedures varied widely, even though shipping is the most international of all industries.

Training and Certification in accordance with the “Mandatory” programs, under the revised STCW Convention are:

Basic Courses

Personal survival techniques
Elementary first aid;
Fire prevention and basic fire fighting;
Personal safety and social responsibilities;
Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats [Optional];
Proficiency in fast rescue boats [Optional];
Advanced fire fighting [Optional];
Proficiency in Security Awareness (ISPS) [Optional]

Advance and Professional Courses

Oil tanker familiarization;
Oil tanker advanced;
Chemical tanker specialized training;
Crude oil washing; Inert gas system;
Shore based fire fighting;
RADAR – radar observation and plotting;
Radar simulator
ARPA – automatic radar plotting aid;
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)- General Operator;
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)- Restricted Operator;
Ship security familiarization;
Ship security officer;
Electronic chart display and Information System – ECDIS.
Medical Care
Medical First Aid Professional training courses of a sailor (AB)
Professional training courses of a sailor (Motorman)
Professional training courses of a sailor
Welder Professional training courses of a sailor Fitter


Basic Training For Oil and Chemical Tanker
Advanced training for oil tanker Cargo Operations
Advanced Training for Chemical Tankers Cargo Operations
RADAR Navigation, Radar Plotting and use of ARPA
Radar, ARPA, Bridge Teamwork and Search and Rescue
Carrying of dangerous and hazardous substances in packaged or solid form
Elementary First Aid
Medical First Aid
Medical Care
Personal Survival Techniques
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
Bridge Team Management
Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
General Operator‘s Certificate for the Global Maritime Distress and safety system-GMDSS
Use of Electronic Chart Devices and informational Systems (ECDIS)
Advanced Fire Fighting Ship Security Officer (SSO)
Risk Assessment in Critical Situation
Ship Security Familiarization (SSF)

No experience is needed.
Duration: Basic Courses 5 days, Advance Courses 14 days, and Professional Pourses 3 -6 months
Venue of the course: The FUPRE Marine Engineering Department new block.


Center for Maritime and Offshore Studies is associating with IDSA (International Diving School Association) and EDTC (European Diving Technology Committee) leading to International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA) accreditation to provide world Grade certification to our students. Our students qualify to work not only in Nigerian waters but in other parts of the globe. The center is also working with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).