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Diving Services UK was established by Dave Shaw in 1993, and over the past 25 years steady and sustainable growth has lead us to become the UK’s premier media diving company. We are a commercial diving company specialising in the supply of diving and marine support, with experience on thousands of films, working closely with all departments to ensure that their specific requirements are met. We pride ourselves on being a small niche company with a reputation for safety, values and service.

 

UNDERWATER STAGE - PINEWOOD STUDIOS

         Designed by Dave Shaw and built in 2004, and now home to Diving Services UK, The Underwater Stage at Pinewood Studios was the world’s first, studio based, permanently filled underwater stage. It contains 1,200,000 litres of warm (32’C) water. It is 20 meters long, 10 meters wide and 6 meters deep, has 3 viewing windows, 60 wall fixing points and two structure steels in the floor for securing underwater sets and special effects rigs. The Underwater Stage is on two levels with a production office, makeup and wardrobe rooms, and a workshop downstairs, and changing rooms and a first aid room at pool level upstairs.

 
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SERVICES

DIVING

We provide highly trained and experienced HSE dive teams for both location and studio based water sequences. Our diving coordinators, supervisors and divers have years of experience in both media and commercial diving. We liaise closely with production departments both prior to and during shooting to ensure that the sequences are completed in a safe and controlled manner.

MARINE & LOCATIONS

Our teams work around the UK, Europe and across the globe, and are able to supply marine and event support at remote locations. From ponds and rivers to the open sea, we can organise the correct level of marine logistics to conform to relevant codes of practice including MCA, PLA, EA, CRT and others. We have Rescue 3 SRT (Swiftwater Rescue Technicians) available and can support any size of production whether small, medium or large.

SPECIAL EFFECTS & STUNTS

The team at Diving Services UK work closely with stunts and special effects coordinators, assisting in the development, design, installation and testing of underwater rigs. We can stand in for artistes to reduce their exposure time in the water.

 
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EQUIPMENT

Diving Services UK have always invested heavily in equipment. Whether you are looking to hire a wetsuit or drysuit, life rings and lifejackets or simply a pair of waders, we have plenty of stock. From a 50kg spa water filter and heater through to two 10,000kg containerised portable water treatment systems, we have the right equipment for all your temporary water heating and filtration requirements. We have a number of unique vessels including inflatable boats and mud sledges, landing craft type camera boats and ‘EVO’ a high speed utility boat. 

Exterior tank equipment ranges from water tractors and wave machines to walkways and rostrums. We have an extensive range of special effect tip tanks and chutes, and portable tanks available to hire, from 10 litres to 40,000 litres capacity.

Health & Safety

Diving Services UK are a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) registered diving contractor, No 1356. All of our diving conforms to HSE Diving Operations at Work Regulation 1997 2nd edition. Artiste safety is absolutely paramount to us, we organise diving medicals and carry out training in house. This ensures that the artistes are competent to carry out the task in a safe and controlled manner.

In 2016 Dave Shaw was awarded the Colin McLeod Award for “promoting diving safety in the international film industry” and in 2017 Dave was awarded The Holder Cup from the Society of Underwater Technology for “Outstanding Contributions to Underwater Operations”. 

Our moto…….“never complacent”

 
 
 
 
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consultancy

 

Dave Shaw has designed and consulted on a number of diving marine facilities.

 
 

2003 - 2004 - Designed the world’s first permanently filled studio based underwater stage
2010 - 2014 - Consulted on the build of the marine facilities in the Dominican Republic
2015 - Supplied advice on the build of the exterior tank at Origo Studios in Budapest Hungary
2015 - 2018 - Designed and consulted on the build of diving and marine facilities at Wanda Studios Qingdao China

 

 

CONCEPTS & IDEAS

We understand that the best ideas start with a scribble……

 
 
 
 
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CREDITS


 

FILMS

Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Two for Joy
Aladdin
Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald
Christopher Robin
Dumbo
The Snowman
Solo – A Star Wars Story
Tomb Raider
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Mummy
The Flood
Mamma Mia 2
Close
Paddington 2
Blade Runner 2049
Hunter Killer
King Arthur
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Mechanic: Resurrection
Assassins Creed
The Promise
Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
Stratton
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Now You See Me 2
Jungle Book
Pan
007 - Spectre 
007 – Skyfall
007 – Quantum of Solace
007 – Die Another Day
007 – The World Is Not Enough

TV

Holby City
Grantchester
Succession
Game of Thrones
Nuclear
The Innocents
Lucky Man
Outlaw King
This is Axiom
Swimming With Men

The Keith & Paddy Picture Show
The Tunnel
Riviera
Hard Sun
Loaded
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo
MTV – Ex on the beach
Emmerdale
The Crown
Eastenders
Zapped
Lucky Man
The Terror
The One Show
Humans
The Bastard Executioner
Casualty
Hollyoaks

Promo/COMMERCIALS

Sky TV
Google
O2
Havas Medicom
Tesco
Lidl
RNLI
Natural History Museum
Esprit
Max Factor
Pulse
Elston Bay
Adidas
Save The Children
Activia
Twin Atlantic
Hyundai
Aviva

 
 
 
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CONTACT US

 

Dave Shaw / Lisa Birch

Diving Services UK 

 Underwater Stage
 Pinewood Studios
Iver Heath
 Bucks
SL0 0NH
T: +44 (0)1753 785401
E: info@divingservicesuk.com