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Biel
posted : January 10, 2012 Post subject: I want to become a saturation diver.
Hi guys im in year 9 uk, and i have to pick my subjects/options for GCSE in less that 2 weeks. im picking triple science- chemistry, biology, physics... what else should i pick? what are the chances of me actually becoming a saturation diver- what are the chances of me getting 850-1000+ a day? what other options should i choose? technology? please help, and thanks

 
Biel
posted : January 10, 2012 Post subject: I want to become a saturation diver.
people with experience please answer.

also how exactly do i have to become a saturation diver? what do i pick for my A levels? then do i go to university? then what? how do i get there? what skills do i need? what r the chances? please answer all questions, thanks.

 
semizen
posted : February 1, 2012 Post subject: I want to become a saturation diver.
Hi Biel,

Sat diving is not an academic job, it is more of a hands-on type of job along the lines of mechanic, electrician, plumber. If you pass your GCSEs including maths, English and science you will pass the theory side of any IMCA (google it) recognised diver course.

To be a decent diver you need to be manually adept, ideally coming from one of the above trades or similar. The job involves constructing, manipulating, moving, looking at and (best of all) breaking stuff. You do need to be a rocket scientist, but you need to get it right first time. If you don't it can cost lives and/or $millions, but less dramatically (but more realistically) you'll get fired.

If you really want to become a sat diver, the generally recognised routes are:

1. Join the Royal Navy/Army Engineers, become a diver, when you leave do the commercial diving course, spend years doing poorly-paid inshore work, get a break, spend years doing poorly-paid offshore work, get a break, spend all your money/get a loan do your sat course, 50/50 chance you you get regular sat work.

2. Become a recognised tradesman, get bored, do the commercial diving course, spend years doing poorly-paid inshore work, get a break, spend years doing poorly-paid offshore work, get a break, spend all your money/get a loan do your sat course, 50/50 chance you you get regular sat work.

There is the possibility of skipping some of these steps, depending on luck, contacts and nepotism.

If I were you, knowing what I know after 10 years of sat diving and 7 years air diving, I would look to get good GCSEs (and possibly A levels/degree) and a solid proper professional qualification. You will need it to fall back on when the diving work is slack. Practice saving for a rainy day.

The reality is:

If you dive offshore, you will be away from home 6 to 9 months of the year. There will be no continuity of work, you dont know when you will work or if you can pay the bills. If you get married, there is a good chance this will end in divorce. You will need to work more to pay for this. You will struggle to get this work because other nationals (Indian, Egytian, Malay etc) are increasingly doing the job cheaper. Safety standards can be variable, and a lot of the work will be based in countries the Home Office write warnings about (Nigeria, Saudi, Indonesia etc). Not all foreign companies pay. It's very difficult to work in the North Sea.

Don't get me wrong, diving has been good to me. But I feel I would be just as well off as a decent electrician or accountant.
If I could do it again I would look at doing ROV. You dive deeper, get treated like an adult and can call yourself a pilot!

Do some more research (try longstreath.com , the commercial divers site)
Good luck
semizen



 
semizen
posted : February 1, 2012 Post subject: I want to become a saturation diver.
PS Your chances of 1000 a day are nil.

 
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