How to become a diver
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- training with a professional body
You may be able to apply for diver training through your employer. For example, if you're in the police, armed forces or work for a marine engineering company. Once qualified, you could work with an underwater unit.
Similarly, if you work in scientific research, like oceanography or archaeology, your employer may put you through specialist diver training, so that you can carry out tasks underwater.
You could apply directly for jobs if you've got the right diving and safety qualifications.
You'll also need experience relevant to the industry you're working in. For example, you'll need a background in welding to work as an offshore underwater engineer, repairing pipelines or cables.
You can do a course with a commercial training organisation or professional body to get your diving qualifications.
Training must be approved by the Health and Safety Executive. Examples include courses offered by the:
You might find it helpful to have experience of recreational scuba diving before training as a commercial diver.
Many diving schools offer assessments to help you decide whether you'll be suited to working underwater.
You can find out more about commercial and leisure diving careers through the: