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Diving Careers

It’s a big step, and one that requires total commitment, but subsea work can offer an exciting and rewarding career.

Demand for commercial divers – new developments

It’s a career that can take you to all four corners of the world – working in locations as diverse as the North Sea, the Indian Ocean or off the coast of Africa. And if you would prefer to work closer to home, you can choose to focus on inshore work instead.  The oil and gas industry is currently the largest employer in the subsea sector, and over the next decade massive developments, which are already in place, will create a large volume of employment in the offshore renewables sector. This means that there will continue to be a demand for offshore personnel including divers, ROV pilots and Life Support Technicians (LSTs).

Commercial diving career: exciting and rewarding

With new developments in offshore wind farms and more decommissioning projects taking place, there is continued demand for divers. This can be a tough job physically and emotionally, but for those who want a challenge, a commercial diving career can be exciting and very rewarding.

At the start of their careers, most divers will build initial experience with inshore diving work before making the move offshore. Many divers start with civil engineering jobs, working on harbours, dams and inland waterways. There are also opportunities in areas such as the media, scientific and archaeological diving, inshore construction and scallop diving.

Getting your first job…

Getting vital skills and experience

Getting your first job will be the hardest part, as you will still need to gain work experience, however the more vocational skills you have to offer employers, the easier it is to get your foot on the first rung of the ladder. At The Underwater Centre, we offer key career packages which include crucial industry skills training, check out our courses pages to find out more about the range of additional skills we offer. By training at The Underwater Centre you will also receive vital additional time in the water; significantly more than at some other schools, providing you with valuable extra experience.

Pay rates can begin at £100 per day when you first start, for unskilled work. After gaining sufficient experience as an air diver you can return to complete Closed Bell training and become a saturation diver. Salary rates for skilled mixed gas divers working offshore are over £1000 per day.

Find out first hand what it’s like to be a commercial diver on one of our Introduction to Commercial Diving Careers Days

Read about our most comprehensive air diver training, the Premium Industry Package here.

For more information and advice about our training contact one of our Student Advisors; email fortwilliam@theunderwatercentre.com or call +44 1397 703 786.