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The reason that commercial diving work is so
hazardous is that when a commercial diver is
called in, it is because sending a diver into a
particular location (which may be dark, isolated,
surrounded by sharp and jagged structures,
immersed in toxic substances, or otherwise
excessively cold, hot, or uncomfortable) may be
the most inexpensive solution to an
engineering problem. The alternative might
mean losing hundreds of thousands of dollars
of lost electric revenues in the case shutting
down a power plant for inspection, or lost cargo
revenues in laying up a ship in a graving yard
for inspection after a soft grounding.
Featured Employers Who
Regularly Seek Commercial Divers
Commercial Diving is one of the most dangerous professions in the world. The pay
is a big draw for people drawn to this sector of the maritime industry, but the work is
difficult and can expose one to multitude of hazards, from respiratory ailments to
exposure to sewage or nuclear irradiated water or unfriendly marine life.
If salary is the only reason you might be considering this field, think twice. Contrary to
popular demand,
commercial diving jobs don’t necessarily enjoy high salaries
across the board in all sectors of the diving industry. A professional diver with the
highest level experience and certifications will command top pay, but a "bread and
butter" diver's
salary will be dictated by the demand in a particular region.
Although commercial diving might conjure up images of the navy deep sea diver with
a brass
helmet like in the movie Men of Honor with Cuba Gooding Jr and Robert
DeNiro, the field is broad and multi-disciplinary. However, it's safe to say that all
sectors offer their share of risks. Again, if money is the only reason, please think
If commercial diving brings to mind visions of
azure tropic waters and coral reefs, try to think
more along the lines of opaque muddy water
outside power plant condenser inlets or a dirty
brackish river where a ship ran aground... that's
a more realistic vision of typical work places.
Commercial diving can involve elements
of technical diving. Technical diving is a
term that can apply to recreational diving
as well as commercial diving though. The
term does not mean that the diving
activity is industrial in nature. It means
that it requires skills and experience
beyond that of ordinary recreational
diving, such as using gases like Tri-mix,
or going to very deep depths for long

The Andrea Doria, pictured above, was
the ill-fated ocean liner that was struck
by the Stockholm on July 25, 1956 during
foggy conditions. Sadly, the collision
involved a loss of life on both ships.
However, because the wreck lies in
about 250 feet of water 53 miles
southeast of Nantucket, MA, it has been
regarded as the "Mt. Everest" of dive
sites for enthusiasts. The wreck has
claimed the lives of over a dozen divers
due to heart attacks, decompression
sickness and entanglement (the wreck is
covered by heavy fishing nets and
monofilament lines). Sadly, some of the
appeal may lie in the fact that ship
becomes visible at around 190 feet
depth. It used to be about 20 or 30 feet
closer to the surface than that in the past
but as the ship deteriorates with time, the
height of the wreck is collapsing.

We know the wreck isn't related to the
commercial diving industry. However, it
does illustrate the dangers involved in
diving to deep depths on an object that is
covered with fishing debris and that is
decaying and self-destructing over the
course of time.
Commercial divers serve the offshore oil industry in
performing inspections and repairs of oil rigs.
Professional divers may work in the construction
industry, where they may conduct dives in settings
as bizarre as midtown Manhattan or Los Angeles,
inspecting flooded elevator shafts or bridge
cofferdams. The power industry has a regular
demand for commercial diving professionals for the
inspection of underwater structures such as sea
water inlets, condenser discharge outlets and other
areas where ordinary access is difficult. The
nuclear power industry has positions where a
diver may dive on pressure vessels in the
containment side of the nuclear plant to inspect  
welds. It could certainly be an oddity to inspect a
heat exchanger in a nuclear power plant wearing
dive gear in the heartland of the cornbelt, where
the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans are over a thousand
miles in both directions. Scuba divers and other
underwater professionals may also find
employment with the offshore oil industry,
construction industry, law enforcement, scientific
and research organizations, commercial diving
schools, hydroelectric power generation facilities,
nuclear power plants or sewage facilities.
The TV show Dirty Jobs enjoys a lot of popularity.
It tours the U.S. in search of filming people who
work in "dirty" occupations, from the asphalt
business, to crayfish fishing, to catfish noodling.
Although there are some tough jobs on that show,
we wonder if anything could top what we have to
qualify as the dirtiest commercial diving job out
there. It is the job of Mexican sewage diver. It
involves clearing animal heads, car parts or human
bodies that have managed to block Mexico's
underground sewage system.
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