A commercial diver works below the surface of water to repair, inspect, remove and install structures or equipment. It is a underwater industrial construction position and may use a variety of power and hand tools such as torches, welding equipment and drills. Duties commonly performed by a commercial diver include carrying out tests for pipe leaks; inspecting, cleaning and repairing piping valves; and performing bridge inspection, repair and construction. They may also inspect ships, docks and sewers, as well as salvage wrecked ships, conduct rock drilling, provide seismic surveying and assist in search and rescue activities. Other duties including operating underwater video, sonar and/or other recording equipment.
Commercial divers' work environment may vary; for example, they may work in offshore oil rigs, harbors, large bodies of water or sewage tanks. Their work hours vary as well depending on the position and projects, and it may include long periods away from home (such as working on an oil rig for a long period). The co-workers of a commercial diver include other divers, foremen, supervisors, and company and on-site managers. At all times, commercial divers must follow safety procedures.
Commercial diving is generally considered a dangerous occupation that requires individuals to be experienced swimmers and divers that can fulfill a physically demanding position. Most commercial divers have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, and many have completed a commercial diving course. Many commercial divers are required to pass a diving physical and obtain a certification card. More specialized divers complete training courses in fields such as HazMat, medicine and welding.
Commercial Diver Tasks
Ensure full understanding of the dive plan and is competent to carry out the planned task.
Ensure that personal diving equipment is working correctly and is suitable for the planned dive.
Know the routine and emergency procedures.
Undertake dives and other duties as directed by the Supervisor.
Report any medical problem or symptoms experienced during or after the dive.