Divers carry out a range of duties underwater using self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), surface breathing apparatus or underwater work chambers.
Duties & Tasks
Divers may perform the following tasks:inspect diving equipment before divingbuild, check and repair underwater constructions such as harbour wall foundations, ship hulls, jetties, piers and pipelines, sometimes using cutting or welding equipmentuse cables, floatation gear or ropes to bring underwater objects to the surfacecarry out underwater explorationcarry out underwater search and rescue operations to recover bodies, stolen goods and other property (police divers)build and look after fish farmssupervise and teach others to diveoperate cameras for underwater filming (such as for nature documentaries)place recording instruments underwateroperate decompression and recompression chambers.
Professional diving is both physically and mentally demanding, with a lot of time spent working underwater. It is a potentially hazardous occupation, so divers must work under strict safety standards.
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job able to pass a strict medical examination responsible and safety-conscious able to work as part of a team able to solve mathematical problems.