About Us

Northumbria Police International Diving and Marine School has a worldwide reputation for delivering outstanding training. The School provides training to its own officers, police forces and law enforcement agencies across the world.

It is based in a state of the art purpose-built building on the banks of the River Tyne at Viking Park in Jarrow, South Tyneside, with our instructors among some of the most highly trained in the entire country.

As well as a seven metre diving tank over three floors, the school also has a decompression chamber and floating pontoon as well as four classrooms and conference room facilities.

It operates a range of vessels and vehicles to deliver it’s courses, including a purpose built dive van to
transport students and equipment to dive sites, and access to both 4x4 and towing vehicles.

While the school provides courses covering all aspects of diving operations it also provides bespoke training courses that are tailored to meet the needs of the students and organisations.

Current available courses are:

• Basic air dive course

• Initial dive supervisor course

• Dive / diver supervisor refresher course

• Dive contractor course

• Attendant course

• Sea survival course

• HSE course

All of our diving courses are recognised by the Health and Safety Executive.

It is possible for some organisations to use the premises at Viking Park as a training venue in itself. The building has direct access onto the River Tyne which is one of only a few rivers in the UK in which tidal swimming for dive purposes can be practiced.

For some organisations it may be possible to link training to our world class firearms training facility
at nearby Follingsby Park. There is a range of accommodation in the Newcastle / South Tyneside area where students can stay.

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How do I travel to the school?

The map below allows you to search for directions.

Alternatively, You can plan your journey using local public transport.


Where can I stay?

There is no student accommodation on site. Students are required to source their own accommodation for the duration of their course.  Please use the link to source nearby hotels.

Many students enjoy hotel accommodation in Newcastle City Centre.  The Tyne and Wear Metro system is an excellent local transport link with Jarrow Metro Station, a short walk from the site.

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Are there parking facilities on site?  

The school has secure parking for students who wish to bring a car.

Is lunch provided?  

The school does not provide lunch for students however tea / coffee and kitchen facilities are available for student use on site. Students are recommended to bring packed lunches for days spent at sea or at dive sites.

Is equipment provided?  

The school will provide students with all equipment required to complete the course. Students are welcome to bring along their own personal protective equipment such as thermal underwear, dry suits, gloves, hats.

Anyone who does bring their own equipment must take responsibility for it. The school is not responsible for any personal equipment that is lost or damaged.


To book a course, find out available course dates or ask about specific courses tailored to meet your requirements contact the team by emailing marine@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.


Both Instructors (Dusty & Colin) presented the course at an excellent level. They covered all topics both in the classroom and practically on dive sites. All topics were relevant and refreshed my knowledge from previous courses. Instructors made the course thoroughly enjoyable and I look forward to my next refresher course. 

- Paul Baker (Devon and Cornwall Police) 

"Viking Park is a modern building and its large 7 metre dive tank allows for initial and continuation training. The classroom facilities are excellent with technology to allow for all training aids, there are separate student facilities with lockers, showers, changing rooms and cleaning areas.

"The training input is of a high quality by experienced trainers who have also been part of the operational team for many years and keep you informed of changes to legislation and procedures and any notable incidents which have occurred. At dive sites the trainers will introduce specific scenarios for you to think about similar to a table top exercise.

"The environment and quality of training at Northumbria is excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend it. "

- Lorna Dennison-Wilkins (Sussex Police) 

"Both Instructors (Colin and Dusty) make the course enjoyable but make sure we are fully aware of all current legislation. Thanks for a great two weeks"

- Paul Critchfield (Sussex Police)