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 diving
build, check and repair underwater constructions such as harbour wall foundations, ship hulls, jetties, piers and pipelines, sometimes using cutting or welding equipment
use cables, floatation gear or ropes to bring underwater objects to the surface
carry out underwater exploration
carry out underwater search and rescue operations to recover bodies, stolen goods and other property (police divers)
build and look after fish farms
supervise and teach others to dive
operate cameras for underwater filming (such as for nature documentaries)
place recording instruments underwater
operate 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.