Posts Tagged ‘skills’

ReActivate™ your Scuba Skills for 2016

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

 Freshen up your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 – commit yourself to a year of fun with scuba! To get back in the water more confidently and more safely, the PADI ReActivate program is essential study for your holiday break. Available in Touch™ and eLearning® forms, ReActivate is fully personalised […]

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Improve Your Diving by Practicing These Skills on Land: Part 2

Monday, October 12th, 2015

In our recent post, Improve Your Diving by Practicing These Skills on Land Part 1, we discussed navigation, fitness, and photography. But wait – there’s more! Part 2 goes over more things you can practice on land that will enhance your time underwater. Dive Reels and Lines If you have […]

Improve Your Diving by Practicing These Skills on Land: Part 1

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Wanto make the most of your time underwater? Check out this two-part blog post that outlines the things you can do between dive trips that will help to improve your diving.

Refresh your Scuba Skills with PADI ReActivate™

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Have you found yourself out of the water for a while? No matter how rusty you feel, you can always get back into the groove and explore the depths of your favourite dive spots whilst making sure you’re staying safe and having fun. It is always better to be over-prepared […]

5 Things you need to know before choosing to be a Commercial Diver – cDiver

Monday, March 24th, 2014

5 Things you need to know before choosing to be a Commercial Diver – cDiver

1. Specific training and certification

Commercial diving is a professional career that requires specific training and certification. The work is not simply learning how to breathe under the water but it requires knowledge about the tools and safety precautions, awareness about the danger of the work environment, skills, and application of acquired knowledge from training to real life situations.

Acquiring knowledge about this profession happens during the completion of training. In addition, professional diving has different branches so it is important that you know your preference before even going through training.

2. Is there an age limit to become a professional diver?

Age is an important factor for most employers in hiring divers. The prospective companies mostly prefer to hire people in the range of 18 to 35 years old. Although there are some employers who still hire people beyond the age of 35, training is only given after the waiver was signed.

Age becomes part of the selection process due to physiological reasons. Professional divers who are beyond age 45 are mostly restricted for deep diving.

Despite the desire of hiring younger people, this doesn’t hinder opportunities for those who reached middle age and beyond. For those who have great passion and determination to work as a commercial diver still gets employed.

3. Is it a prerequisite to get a degree and which school should I choose?

The basic requirement is a high school diploma or equivalency plus completion of what we mentioned in #1 – specific training.

For those who wants a broader perspective of education, there are degree programs offered in commercial diving. Check out our list of schools which offers degree programs.

Most often, it is important that the school or training institution is federally accredited. This gives chance for students to receive financial aid which consists of federal loans and grants necessary to cover cost of training program.

4. Health Condition/ Physical Exam

Employers give highest consideration about hiring healthy applicants. Diving career needs responding to dangerous situations and challenging tasks which is why applicants must be fit to work.

Medical test usually involves general physical test, hearing test, vision test, urinalysis, and urine drug screen. Medical certificate shall be provided depending on the results and it may be valid up to 2 years.

5. What is Commercial Diving?

Before even deciding to get a diving degree or certification, it is always essential to know what commercial diving is. It is highly recommended to research, check legitimate resources and asks commercial divers to get an overview of what would be the career like.

An overview or basic knowledge about it shall help you decide if you really want to take it as a professional career. Below are some of the tasks a typical diver performs.

Search and recovery


Bridge inspection/repair/ construction

Injection equipment installation

Marine environmental control check

Site surveys prior to installation

Underwater inspection, installation, repair and maintenance


Seismic surveying

Sewage maintenance

Underwater photography and videography

Fabrication of equipment

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