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Marco Polo Manubes
Since he was a child Marco Polo Palacios Manubes was interested in diving as he loved the sea. In this blog post he tells us about working as a diver in the Gulf of Mexico, and why he chose to gain additional commercial diving qualifications by coming to Scotland.
Benefits of a subsea career
As I was born in a coastal city I´ve always been always in touch with the sea. I started to dive when I was in High School and on finishing that I was accepted into the industrial diving school (as we know it here in México). I then started to work in the oil field area here in México, where I have been working since 1999.
The benefits of this career are so many; you can earn a good salary and the tasks you do are very different every time, so you never get bored doing the same thing daily. You can spend more quality time with your family during your time off, and you have more vacations than the average career.
Work on a Dive Support Vessel
Work on a Dive Support Vessel (DSV) is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so there are shifts every 12 hours, starting at noon and midnight. We start the day going through equipment check lists to get all the equipment ready for a new day of hard work, depending on the task we are into. Every day we also have a safety meeting to talk about the job and the safety procedures before starting the task. We prepare the equipment, we refill the bailout cylinders and get all the gear ready. Diving in the Gulf of México is a great challenge because of the bad visibility. At the bottom it´s mainly mud so when you arrive to it and you remove the bottom, the mud creates particles in suspension that makes the task more difficult. However, with good skills you can finish your task successfully – the accomplishment of the task, safely, is our goal.
Internationally recognised diving certification
Eventually though, I decided I’d like to find a job outside my country and improve my knowledge in the diving area in the international field. I chose to train at The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, as I wanted to gain the additional skills I need to develop my career in the subsea sector, starting as construction diver and then keep improving my skills. The HSE diving certification gained is also recognised internationally, so I can now work anywhere in the world.
I found the Centre to be a very good school. All the personnel, instructors, supervisors, etc are very professional, and all the facilities in the school are excellent, including the accommodation.
I attended the Construction Career Package, the skills I learned are very helpful and valuable; I have a better understanding of the jobs I will be doing in the industry.
Here in México, IMCA recognised certification is not mandatory, so just a few people have a certificate valid for IMCA, such as the HSE certification. Since I returned from UK with my HSE tickets, the company I now work for have offered me a better position; with my new knowledge learned at The Underwater Centre I can make recommendations about safety, operations, procedures, etc.
In few words I’m more valuable for the company than other people because of the knowledge and skills learned at The Underwater Centre.