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ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell

Like many commercial divers, Gabriel didn’t start out in commercial diving. He had worked as a bar tender and part-time in the construction industry before looking for a career that offered job satisfaction and excitement. He was already a keen sport diver, so he put that together with his construction experience, and training as a commercial diver was the obvious step into a new career.

Commercial Diver GabrielCommercial diving offered travel and a decent living

Gabriel, originally from Ontario in Canada, says: “From being in the construction industry, I was interested in being a part of bigger and better projects. I was made aware that commercial diving also gave you the opportunity to travel, which I love. Plus you can make a decent living at it.”

Gabriel completed the Premium Package, which includes ADAS Parts 1, 2 and 3, at The Underwater Centre, Tasmania in 2010. He says: “I had a far cousin who recommended The Underwater Centre. He had been in the oil and gas industry for years, and had obviously heard good things. For me it was a question of availability and proximity, which the Centre in Tasmania met.”

“The Underwater Centre has been very convenient for me. The training I needed has always been available and located on both sides of the world. They cover such broad areas of the world which for me coming from Canada gave me more than one option. No other training centre has that therefore I rate The Underwater Centre highly.”

Time away from home

Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Gabriel admits that, while you do work away, the longer periods of time off make it worth it: “I spend most of my time off at home with my girlfriend in Aus, and I go travelling any chance I get.”

There is a downside to be aware of: “It’s a unique environment, not at all like working in an office. A few years ago I had an accident whilst underwater and almost lost my leg in a lifting procedure. The fact that when something goes wrong, it can go terribly wrong, is what I least enjoy.”

Gabriel commercial divingTraining to be a saturation diver

He recently returned to The Underwater Centre to train as a saturation diver on the ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell course. The saturation diver training now allows Gabriel to expand his career and look for work in a new capacity. In Australia, rates for commercial divers working inshore are approximately $30 to $40 per hour; offshore rates are higher at approximately $1,000 to $1,500 per day; and saturation divers can make up to $2,000 to $3,500 per day.

Would he recommend a career in commercial diving then? “Sure, if you are not claustrophobic, you like working in the dark and you don’t mind always being wet. It isn’t easy as it’s a specialised field where persistence is key. In my opinion the positives outweigh the negatives listed above though. You can have a great lifestyle, travel lots due to the time off and make a very decent living.”

Find out more about our ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell training here.