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Posted : December 28, 2014
Am I making a wise decision?
Hi there,

I'm 20 years old and am currently a supervisor, I'm really not liking my job at the moment and have always thought about diving as a career.

I was looking at the premium course at The Underwater Centre, however I only have experience working in retail and not construction - would this be a problem in this line of work?

Also is this a good time to become a diver, I hear a lot of horror stories of there being no work and plenty from others.

Thanks!
Answer
Posted : January 8, 2015
The training we provide at The Underwater Centre assumes no prior knowledge of either diving or construction – all the dives include subsea tools and tasks to ensure that you’re not just learning to dive, you’re learning to do the job. That being said, you do have to have a practical aptitude. If you get a flat tyre and you’re confident to change the wheel yourself then the chances are you have the ability to learn the practical aspects of being a commercial diver. We do Introduction to Commercial Diving Careers Days at the Centre in Fort William, which allow you to try a dive, do a task under the water and meet our instructors who are all working commercial divers. It’s a good idea to attend one of these days to find out if commercial diving is the job for you.

The industry has been very busy in recent years; the oil and gas industry is slowing down a little at the moment, which is typical of this industry – it goes through busy and quiet spells periodically. However, divers now have the added bonus of the work created by offshore renewables so there is still work available.
All the best, Alf
Answer provided by Alf Leadbitter, The Underwater Centre

Alf Leadbitter
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