Divers work underwater at sea, or in rivers, lakes, canals and reservoirs.
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You could work as a diver in industries like:
You’ll specialise in one type of diving:
You must pass a medical carried out by a doctor approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) before you begin professional diver training.
You might find it useful to have experience of recreational SCUBA diving before training as a commercial diver, but this isn’t essential. Many diving schools offer tests to help you decide whether you’d be suited to working underwater.
You don’t need academic qualifications to learn diving skills, but to work as a commercial diver you’ll need the right skills, experience and qualifications for your industry, like:
Most divers are paid by the day, and work on average around 150 to 200 days a year.
Earnings can be anywhere between £120 and £1,000 a day, depending on the type of diving and work involved.
These figures are a guide.
The amount of time spent underwater is strictly controlled, but hours can still be long and intensive.
Not all time is spent underwater; time is also spent planning for dives and preparing equipment.
Inshore divers work around 10 to 12 hours a day.
In some offshore jobs you may have to live for up to 28 days in an undersea pressure chamber.
Diving is physically and mentally demanding. Conditions underwater are often cold, dark and dirty, especially in inland sites.
You’ll wear protective clothing and breathing apparatus appropriate to the depth and type of dive.
You’d normally be self-employed as a commercial diver.
With experience and further training, you could move into roles with extra responsibility and more pay, like life support technician or diving supervisor.
If working in a dive centre you could move into a management role.
You could also set up a business, or work in a related field where diving skills are necessary, like swimming pool engineering or maintenance.
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