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Commercial Diving

Diving contractors intending to undertake any diving activity in the Tidal Thames must first obtain permission of the appropriate Harbour Master.

To obtain permission, the Diving Supervisor is required to fill in and submit the Diving Permit to Work Form, together with copies of documents stated in the checklist.

The permit requires at least 2 working days.

Click here to download a fillable PDF of the form.

Send the form and relevant documents to the Harbour Master: 

Harbour Master (office hours, 08:00 – 17:00)
HMdiving@pla.co.uk
01474 562 200

Tips on required documents

Submitted documents must be current. There is no need to resubmit previous documents that remain current, unless requested.

Project plan – should include, but is not limited to:

  • Location, date and time of planned works
  • Diving team members’ names
  • Risk assessment, covering the task to be undertaken
  • Emergency procedure

Certificates of Competence must be approved by the Health and Safety Executive. Other Certificates, i.e. issued by BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) or PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) are not acceptable.