Have you ever considered a career as a Deep Sea Diver? There are a variety of jobs you can apply for in this industry but most have similar responsibilities. Working under water, the job involves wearing specialised equipment and is extremely physical. So what’s a day like at work?
Jobulo talks to Mike Long, a Deep Sea Diver, to find out about the job and he shares some CV tips for those wanting to work in the industry.
Tell Us About Your Career Background?
I have been diving since 1992 and there are lots of different areas you can work in. I started out in Civils Diving until 2000 then moved onto Offshore Air Diving until 2005. I then moved again and for the last seven years I have been Saturation (gas) Diving.
When Did You Decide You Wanted to Become a Deep Sea Diver?
I never really thought about it. I just thought I would try it as a career as I am mechanically minded, like projects and have a strange affinity with the sea! Which are all beneficial if you want a career as a Diver.
Are There Specific Qualifications Involved?
Yes, you must have Commercial Diving qualifications to be able to work professionally as a Diver. Training for these qualifications will help you to understand the equipment and tools needed to do the job and it also means you can dive in most countries.
How Did You Find Your First Job?
I had to do lots of ringing around! I also sent my CV to a variety of suitable diving companies and sent out speculative applications. At the time I was living by the sea so it was a good location to start a job search.
What’s a Typical Day Like at Work?
It can obviously vary depending on the company you are working with or your specialism. But during a typical day at work for me, I will travel to the seabed in a pressurised diving bell, and leave the bell attached to an umbilical which is supplying me with a helium/oxygen mix to enable me to breathe. I then usually am either removing old oil and gas pipelines or connecting up new ones. But the job changes all the time so I could be doing something different everyday!
There Are Lots of Aspects to the Job Whether It’s Military, Scientific or Commercial – How Do You Choose a Specialism?
The choice for me was purely financial. I went into commercial diving as it is well paid.
What’s the Best Part of the Job?
The travelling is fantastic. I have worked worldwide and some years I have visited 10 or more countries. The camaraderie you have with your work mates is good too. Financially it allows me to spend quality time with my family when I am home which is a bonus.
What’s the Toughest Part of the Job?
For me it’s being away from my family and missing out on important events like weddings. With a job as a Diver you cannot guarantee being at home.
What Career Advice Would You Give to Someone Wanting to Become a Diver?
My advice would be to go for it! It’s a very rewarding career and you will have a very varied and interesting job.
What Should Be Included on a CV When Applying for a Job as a Diver?
As well as including qualifications and experience, the most important thing on your CV is to be honest. Most companies and guys I have worked with would rather have a hard worker with limited capabilities than hire someone who has embellished their CV. In this job you could potentially put lives at danger so you need to be honest on your application.