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Diving Careers

This can be a tough job physically and emotionally, but for those who want a challenge, commercial diving can be an exciting and very rewarding career. 

Inshore Work

Gaining experience working subsea

Commercial diving careers - welding diverOnce you have successfully trained and qualified as a commercial diver, your next step is to gain more experience working subsea. Generally your first role will be in inshore or civil engineering diving. This could encompass a variety of work including inspecting ships’ hulls, maintaining harbours, assessing dams, or aquaculture work; each of which will use the experience you have gained during your training in the use of various underwater tools.

Working inshore within Australasia, you can expect to earn between $250 and $800 per day, depending on your experience, the job you’re doing and who you are working for. 

Offshore Work

Demand for commercial divers

The offshore oil and gas industry is easily one of the largest employers of commercial divers, however new developments in areas such as renewables are also creating demand for commercial divers.  As an offshore diver, earning potential can vary depending on where you are working and the type of work you are doing. Day rates can be over $1300 offshore Australia, and working offshore overseas could mean higher day rates.

Saturation Diving

Once you have gained enough experience as a commercial air diver, you can return to The Underwater Centre, Tasmania, to attend our ADAS Part 4 Closed Bell Course.  This certification qualifies you internationally as a saturation diver (also known as mixed gas).  Many commercial divers see this certification as the ultimate goal.  Day rates for closed bell, or saturation diving can be as high as $1600.

Find out more about our Premium Package, the best way to start your new career here.

Find out more about our diver training from our Student Advisors; email  tasmania@theunderwatercentre.com  or call +61 3 6383 4844.