Are you considering a career in diving?

Whilst a career within the commercial diving industry can be exhilarating, there are a number of associated risks and specific hazards and therefore is subject to the Diving at Work Regulations (DWR) 1997.

The regulations

Whether you are a self-employed or employed diver, any dive at work involving one or more divers must be completed in accordance with the Regulations.  Each party is covered by the Diving at Work Regulations from the business requesting the work to be done to the diver themselves, and all have a responsibility to protect the health and safety and compliance of all involved.

Specifically, diver responsibilities include being competent, medically fit (proven with a valid certificate) and holding an approved qualification for diving.  Our training and approved qualifications can help you become and evidence your compliance as a diver to the DWR.

What is diving at work?

Diving is the means of getting to and from a worksite and carrying out tasks. These tasks may be part of a wide range of industry from civil engineering to archaeology. Potential working divers should ideally already possess the technical skills that are relevant to the job. For example, construction workers may require welding qualifications, while divers involved in an archaeology project may require a degree in archaeology. You need to have both the diving skills and work skills that employers want.

Career options

Once qualified there are a number of varied and exciting career options as a commercial diver, some of which are listed below:

  • Off-Shore Oil & Gas contract diving
  • Civil Engineering related to fisheries or marine-related projects
  • Scientific & Archaelogical Research Diving
  • Media Diving for TV and/or film in the form of presenting, photography, light/sound engineers, journalists
  • Recreational Diving including teaching and guiding other recreational divers
  • Security / Police / Armed Forces Divers – normally specially selected personnel already employed within these areas

Please note that many of these roles will require additional industry or job specific qualifications and experience, our training is designed to support you evidence your competency as a diver.  For more information on how we can help you, please refer to our Commercial Diving courses.