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How to Become a Commercial Diver - Monday, January 25, 2016

Becoming a commercial diver is hard work that requires specialized training, knowledge, and experience. Although there are many different kinds of commercial divers, all divers require specific professional diving equipment. Here at Aqua-Air Industries, we want to help commercial divers, and those who hire them, prepare for the job at-hand.

there are many different kinds of commercial divers

Here are a number of points that should be covered in commercial diver training, as well as an extensive list of the professional diving equipment the position requires:

How to Become a Trained Commercial Diver

Training for a commercial diving position requires a combination of theoretical learning, real-world training, and scenario-based experiences. Failure to address these tenets can result in an unprepared diver who isn't ready to take on the challenges that may occur.

Professional diving equipment, specific to commercial divers, is crucial to their training process. All certified commercial divers need to know a great deal about these tools, and attain approximately 200 hours of practical-use training.

The types of equipment commercial divers study, and use include:

  • Air Consoles

  • Bailout Systems

  • Chamber & Chamber Accessories

  • Communications Equipment

  • HP and LP Compressors

  • Cutting & Welding Tools

  • Dive Ladders

  • Draeger Tubes

  • Filter Systems

  • Gas Analyzers

  • Harnesses

  • Helmets & Mask

  • Hot Water Systems

  • Hydraulics

  • Lift Bags

  • Magnets

  • NDT Equipment

  • Regulators

  • Suits

  • Umbilicals

Types of Commercial Diver Certifications

Most commercial divers will attain multiple certifications, which can take substantial time to achieve. It's recommended for beginners to attain one certification at a time.

Certifications for commercial divers include:

  • Restricted Diver

  • Unrestricted Diver

  • Restricted Surface-Supplied Diver

  • Unrestricted Surface-Supplied Diver

  • Surface-Supplied Mixed-Gas Diver

  • Surface-Supplied Tender

  • Surface-Supplied Mixed Gas Tender

  • Surface-Supplied Mixed Gas Supervisor

  • Closed Bell Diver

  • Diving Medical Technician

  • Inshore Diving Safety Specialist

  • Offshore Diving Safety Specialist

There are also supervisory roles for the above certifications, though these job types are usually unavailable to beginners.

Types of Commercial Diver Positions

Commercial diving doesn't mean the same thing from industry to industry or from job to job. There are ample certifications, and job types that you can specialize in, each with its own unique salary range, training requirements, professional diving equipment, risk, and work hours. In terms of wages, most new commercial divers make roughly the same amount, with raises starting after 3 to 5 years of experience.

Common types of commercial diving positions include:

  • Aquarium & Pool


  • Military & Police

  • Naval

  • Offshore

  • Onshore

  • Scientific

  • Underwater Photographer

How to Begin your Training and Career

The first step toward entering the commercial diving field is to enroll in a commercial-diver training course. The second is to acquire the professional diving equipment necessary to complete the training, and start a career.

That's where we come in. Aqua-Air Industries supplies commercial divers and commercial diving companies with the state-of-the-art technology, and professional diving equipment they need to perform jobs safely, and at greater operational depths. With over 40 years of experience, Aqua-Air Industries is a worldwide supplier, with the knowledge to design and construct top-of-the-line equipment that fits all diving needs.

Check out our website to learn more about our professional diving equipment, our diving equipment rentals, and the many other services we provide. Give us a call today!


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