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Ricey
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Considering going to South Africa Durban to do my Surface Supply course,,Got some contacts herewho are in the game,only concern is my age,although i,m fit and healthy and don feel like i,m about to fold for another 20years at least.....Any info on age limit much appreciated.
Cheers.

 
Mattheus
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Hi , This might not help much however, I spoke to someone at the UWC yesterday who said that their average age on the Diving courses is only around 30 anyway, (just as well considering I'm 35 and may book a course!)

 
DougieO
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Hi
My name's Dougie Ormiston, I work at The Underwater Centre in Fort William. A fair number of the guys who come to us to train are in their 30's (occasionally 40's). Providing you're able to pass your diver medical, then there isn't any age barrier. In short, if you're fit enough, you're young enough.

 
tat2si
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
im 34 and about to start my course at fort william, and a mate of mine is a sat diver. he tells me as long as you are willing to work then your age shouldnt be an issue

 
Ricey
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Thanks for the reply Tat2si....Can i ask what courses are you doing? I,m planning on doing mine in South Africa as its cheaper,plus closer as i,m living in Asia................Good to get some possitive replys as i,ve ben reading so much negative stuff that it put me off a bit...........But not too much.....Cheers........

 
tat2si
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
yeah i know what you mean about negative replies. if you were to believe everything thats written you would think there is no work and its a s**t job. but like you not enough to put me off, if anything makes you more determined. im doing the premium course; hse scuba, surface supply & top up, ndt prep course, welding, cutting & burning and first aid. then its a case of trying to find work

 
Ricey
posted : June 24, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Hello Dougie,,Tnx for the reply...Going to plug you here for some info,,,What courses would you reccomend??,,,I was planning on doing the Scuba+surface supply then hitting the job market for some work in civils,then after some experience back to training,Top up etc,or would you advice to do the three at the one time........Cheers for your time.

 
DougieO
posted : June 25, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
The course you choose will very much depend on what you see yourself doing. That said, I'd always advise doing the top up... you don't want to limit your options. If you don't go for the top up, you're ruling yourself out of a large part of the workplace.

Just out of interest, it looks like a group of our current students' first job is going to be offshore (in the Gulf). If they hadn't gone for the top up, they wouldn't have this as an option. My own preference is to take some, if not all, of the additional vocational modules too. If you can't weld, you're not going to get a job sticking anodes on, if you don't have an NDT ticket, you won't be getting offered inspection work.

Starting out and getting your feet firmly on the ladder is the toughest part, the more diving you do at school and the more skills you pick up, then the more employable you're going to be at the end.

 
Ricey
posted : June 25, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Tnx Doug,, That sounds great,only concern i have is i keep hearing that you have to work Civils for two years before you can work offshore? Do i have the wrong info? Tnx again for your time...Nxt rounds on me.

 
DougieO
posted : June 26, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
No, there isn't any regulation that says 'you must do 2 years of civils'. Clients will generally specify diving criteria to the contractor... most oil companies specify a requirement for experienced divers. Depending on market forces, urgency, how attractive the job is etc., the experience specification can be flexible.

As a school, we will continue to advise students to get a solid grounding in civils before going offshore. The simple arithmetic is this... one month of civils equals lots more time working underwater than one month offshore.

 
Ricey
posted : June 30, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
.......Its decided!!!! Going to do part 4,3,and hopefully 2,,,,,,Any tips on what to study before going Had a look at some gas laws but started going crosseyed after 5 mins..........TNX

 
PATCH
posted : June 30, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Hi Ricey, been reading your notes and concerns about your age and starting as a commercial diver. I completed the premium course at fort william at the age of 43 and the oldest guy on the course was 46. The course was quite intense with a lot of studying to do in the evening, most of which i managed well, however, the only complaint some members of my course had was that some of the information needed to successfully complete the exams was not taught during the lectures. Also, don't become complacent after you have passed the first few exams well, study extra hard for the diving at work exam as this is often the one that people have to resit. The important thing to remember is that you only get one resit for each exam and if you fail the resit you are off the course regardless of how much money you have spent to get there. On a more positive note the instructors are excellent with a wealth of experience behind them, so listen to them and if you aren't sure of anything ask as many questions as you like until you understand the subject you are dealing with fully. As with any job there is always something new to learn, but in this field of work the tiniest piece of information could be the most important. If you need any more info feel free to get in touch and i will reply as soon as i can.
PATCH

 
Ricey
posted : July 5, 2008 Post subject: mid 30,s Too old to start?
Hello Doug,,,The students you mentioned who might have jobs in the Gulf,did your school recommend them? Tnx.

 
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