Submarine Pilot Course

An Out of This World Experience

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For thrill seekers looking for extra-ordinary experiences !

  • Wrecks
  • Deep Diving
  • Submersibles

Waterproof Expeditions and world’s leading manufacturer of personal submersibles U-Boat Worx, have teamed up to offer exciting Pilot Courses to operate a U-Boat Worx submarine yourself.  

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Submarine Pilot Courses

Diving into the deep ocean is a fascinating dream for many of us. Inspired by Jules Vernes and Jacques Cousteau, this dream becomes reality with our Deep Ocean Submarine Experiences. Waterproof Expeditions and world’s leading manufacturer of personal submersibles U-Boat Worx, have teamed up to offer some exciting Submarine Pilot Courses to operate a U-Boat Worx submarine yourself.   

These  courses offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the depths of the clear azure seas around the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, with beautiful wrecks, from warships and airplanes to stunning artificial reefs. 

After the U-Boat Worx training program you will be capable to operate a three-person U-Boat Worx submersible. Successfully completing the training program means that you may plan your own expedition on the last day of the course !

Whether your pilot’s license is your main objective, or an added benefit, you’ll have the time of your life !

Submersible Pilot Programme

The courses are held in Malta, the most historical island of the Mediterranean sea, known for its many deep wrecks.

During the Pilot training course your days are spent on board the explorer yacht ‘Alk’, the support vessel that carries the sub.  The yacht is comfortable and you can use a day cabin with private facilities, for relaxing and storage of your daily luggage.  Lunch, snacks  and (non-alcoholic) drinks are included.

In the morning we pick you up, and in the evening we bring you back to your hotel.  At least one night will be spent on board, when the dive sites explored are too far away to return back to the hotel. 

Depending on the Pilot course you are required to do a pre-theory study at home prior to the course. The course manual and instructions for your theory home study will be mailed to your address after confirmation of the reservation.

Each day of diving will end by an extensive post-dive check to make sure the Submersible is stored in an appropriate way.
Wind and swells will predict the day by day schedule so a measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring along on this exciting programme.

MV Alk

The MV Alk serves as day accommodation and support vessel during Submarine Pilot Courses and 'Charter a Sub' experiences.
She has 8 cabins and 16 berths for passengers and crew.
The steel motor yacht and ex research Alk was built by J.G. Hitzler - Germany, designed by G. Dietrich and W. During. This professional, sea going long range sturdy yacht, is equipped for world cruising, expeditions or diving adventures.
The current owner has rebuilt the yacht as a support vessel for submersibles and yachting purposes with new main engine and generator. The motor yacht's main superstructure is made mostly using steel. With a beam of 7.59 metres or 24.9 feet ALK has moderate interior. A shallow draught of 2.41m (7.9ft) determines the number of overall ports she can visit, contingent on their individual depth at low tide.

  • LOA           : 30 meter  
  • Breedte    : 8.70 meter
  • Diepgang:  2.40 meter
  • Bouwjaar : 1965   
  • Motor(en): 1x Deutz BF8M 1015 MC Diesel
  • PK/KW     : 450 (Hp), 330,75 (Kw) 
  • Speed      : 9,5 knots
  • RIB's
  • A-frame for Submersible 
  • Jet Ski
  • Scuba Dive Equipment incl. compressor

Introduction Pilot Course (IPL)

For whom   : For anyone fascinated by the deep Ocean and dreaming of a deep sea experience.  No pre-study. Hands-on. Focused on diving.
Duration      : 2 days with approx. 6 dives

Dates             : June & August 2016 - 2017 on request
Price from     : Euro 4.175 per person

Supervised Pilot License Course (SPL)

For whom    : For anyone interested to learn more about submarine operations. Limited pre-study. Hands-on. Focused on diving, but with more explanation, procedures and serious training objectives. Pilots will be allowed to dive the sub and operate under direct supervision of a pilot.
Duration      : 4 days with approx. 12 dives

Dates            : June & August 2016 - 2017 on request 
 Price from   : Euro 8.025 per person

Private Pilot License Course (PPL)

For whom    : For  anyone interested to operate a C-Explorer 3 under supervision of a Pilot. You will be trained through pre-study theory and practical instruction.
Duration       : 6 days (plus home study) with approx. 20 dives

Dates            : June & August 2016 - 2017 on request
Price from    : Euro 26.955 per person

Chief Pilot License Course (CPL)

For whom    : For crew working with submersibles and owners. The CPL gives the opportunity to plan and perform dives with the C-Explorer 3 submersibles all over the world, as an official U-Boat Worx Pilot.
Duration        : 10 days with approx. 26 dives

Dates            : June & August 2016 - 2017 on request
Price from    : Euro 31.130 per person

* Prices are excluding hotel accommodation and flights.

Contact us for detailed itineraries and further information.

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