How To Start A Scuba Diving Career

For many people, a desk job is anathema. Even a job on land is not all that great. Some of these people get into a scuba diving career and end up loving it. Whether it is digging for forensic evidence in a riverbed or working in underwater archaeology, there are actually three general categories of professional divers.

Commercial Divers

The broadest category of scuba diving careers is commercial diving. But even within this category there are a lot of options.

The most obvious is probably being a diving instructor or guide. Instructing combines the same stresses of any kind of teaching with the additional element of students sometimes being nervous and the environment being potentially dangerous. Teachers and guides take responsibility for new divers’ safety – a big job. Potential teachers must get certified in teaching scuba and will learn rules to do the job well.

There are also things that need cleaning up or hauling out of the ocean like shipwrecks and other debris. A scuba diving career in salvaging involves raising shipwrecks. They may be modern shipwrecks that are in a shipping path, or they may be old wrecks. There are salvage companies that just prospect old shipwrecks looking for whatever treasure they can.

A scuba diving career can also be part of engineering. Companies need divers to help them build and maintain underwater structures like bridge pilings and dams.

Public Safety And The Environment

Even if you live in the middle of a continent, hundreds of miles from an ocean, there are divers at work in your community. Police and rescue personnel need divers to search for evidence underwater and then help them to fish it out.

And of course, all kinds of environmental organizations, non-profits, and schools need divers on their projects. Scientists themselves dive as well as hiring other divers to help keep track of an ecosystem, for example. Divers can help catalog corals and fish, as well as testing for pollution, removing debris, and even creating man-made reefs.

To get into a scuba diving career, most people are divers first, then look for jobs they can do underwater. Salvagers, for example, generally love diving and then start salvaging, rather than loving salvage and then learning to do underwater work. Even someone who decides to become a marine biologist must look forward to diving, not consider it a bore. So a scuba diving career generally comes from an affinity for diving first.