To ensure that divers can rely on their equipment in all conditions, its safety and performance needs to be assessed and assured. We research, test and evaluate diving and life support systems and equipment for organisations including the UK MOD, Royal Navy, NATO, UK Health and Safety Executive and commercial diving companies.
We also investigate incidents, test diver performance and advise on how to optimise it, provide guidance on safety and offer medical support services.
The delivery of our services is supported by the specialised equipment and unique facilities in the QinetiQ Diving and Hyperbaric Test Centre (DHTC). These include a Life Support Systems Laboratory (LSSL), Hydrostatic and Extreme Temperature Tank (HETT), Experimental Diving Tank (EDT) and Hyperbaric Trials Unit (HTU).