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Considering a commercial dive. career

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Scuba_Scott, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. sawracer

    sawracer Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: orange ca
    Pay as little as possible for your air card. When you graduate you are only a tender, you wont be considered a diver anywhere period ( as a new graduate). When I worked as a tender diver offshore at global divers in louisiana they had an excellent wet welding school. In other words, they will train you their way. The so called speciatlties are scams to get more money out of you. If you arent prepared to spend a minimum of 250 days a year offshore dont plan on breaking out as a diver in the gulf. The gulf crowd is a tough bunch and when the day is over you are generally sleeping in close qtrs with the same crowd. I remember being asked to write a letter home for a co worker that was illiterate. It doesnt take rocket scientists to do most work on a rig. Just looking out. Pm me if you want to talk about it more or i can hook you up with a few working divers before you spend a bunch of money! :) Not trying to talk you out of it, i had a lot of fun, just be forewarned.
  2. JKPAO

    JKPAO Captain

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Southern New Jersey
    Anything that is worth anything will be at a cost! If you WANT IT go for it!
    See you topside! John
  3. DCBC

    DCBC Banned

    If you haven't done so already, I'd suggest that you look at some of the threads in the "Commercial Diving" area of ScubaBoard. You will find quite a bit of information that will be of interest.

    OceanCorp is a good school, but know that there are a number of "qualified" divers out of work. If you are going to hire a diver to do a job, do you want to choose someone out of a commercial school, or someone who has worked as a welder or a rigger for 10 years and then got his commercial ticket? That's what the industry looks like at this point.

    If I were you, I would consider getting trained in the Navy (SeaBees as a diver doing construction ideally) at their expense, or learning an oil related trade before you take the commercial program. There are also some other considerations.

    I've been involved in military and commercial diving for quite some time as a diver, saturation diver, commercial instructor, dive supervisor, diving superintendent and as an underwater project consultant to big oil. Although I've recently retired from the commercial sector, I think I know it reasonable well. If you have any specific questions, send me a PM and I'll try to answer them. Gook luck in your career!

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