Alastair Kew - Owner & Commercial Diver
Qualified as a Commercial Diver
Ali qualified as a commercial diver out of Seadog Commercial Diving School in South Africa.
January 2015 - October 2015
Self-employed at RS Divers Ltd.
Ali worked on multiple projects including; river bed surveys on the Thames, a number of salvages including the tugboat Asterix and Portsmouth fishing boats, lock gate repairs, mooring buoy inspection and repairs, and pleasure yacht scrubbing.
October 2015 - November 2016
Full-time at RS Divers Ltd.
Diving Manager and Operational Support. Lead diving role as well as maintenance of equipment within the company including diving apparatus as well as the boats and vehicles.
Ali’s diving work included QEC Dredging Dive Support in Portsmouth Harbour, working closely with Boskalis Westminster. He was also involved in airlift dredging a large part of Haslar Marina in Gosport.
Ali ran the yacht scrubbing side of the company dealing with clients daily and responding to the 24 hour emergency diver call out service.
November 2016 - Present
Ali decided to return to being a self-employed diver in November 2016. He has continued working with RS Divers as a diver with much the same work including Lock Gates, Salvages, Shipping Work.
He has spent time working as Crew and Master on 14m Multicats and Tugs out of Portsmouth Harbour, carrying out marine construction and maintenance.
This enabled him to acquire his Boat Master Licence in 2019. Since qualifying he has worked as ‘Master’ on the Hayling Ferry and various Multicats and tugs.
Ali also has experience in underwater burning, having spent a month removing metal from a 19th Century Borehole which was also confined space work. He has also worked down tunnels in North London for Thames Water.
Ali is also experienced in skippering multiple types of vessel around the Solent and surrounding areas, from 5-8m ribs to a 10m twin engine catamaran.