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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Diver. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Diver
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Diver Work Information

Finding Suitable Work

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Working Duties Expected

Divers work underwater in rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs or the sea. A wide range of organisations employ divers, and the work can vary according to the employers' business.

A diver could work:

  • in commercial diving, doing construction work, or carrying out inspections and repairs underwater
  • as a marine scientist, collecting specimens and recording data
  • as a police underwater search diver, looking for missing persons and evidence
  • as a nautical archaeologist, collecting data and artefacts from wrecks and underwater sites
  • in the media, photographing and filming underwater
  • as a professional diving instructor, teaching others to dive
  • in the Royal Navy, doing underwater surveys, engineering work or disposing of underwater mines.

Hours and Environment:

The hours of work vary from job to job, but may include unsociable hours. The amount of time divers are allowed to spend underwater is strictly controlled.

Many diving jobs offer short-term contract work, so flexibility, and travel, may be required to gain employment.

Working underwater can be cold, dark and sometimes dirty.

Protective clothing and breathing apparatus are worn to survive underwater. The type of clothing worn depends on the type of work and the depth of the dive. It could be anything from scuba diving gear to more sophisticated suits and equipment.Divers working on some offshore jobs may have to live for up to 28 days in pressure chambers which simulate undersea pressure.

Diving can cause health problems, and divers must pass regular, thorough, medical examinations.

Skills and Interests:

To be a diver you should:

  • be an excellent swimmer
  • be physically fit with high levels of strength and stamina
  • be able to concentrate on a job under very demanding physical conditions
  • be able to follow safety procedures
  • be able to work both as part of a team, and alone.


There are no minimum qualifications for diver training. Experience in recreational diving can be a useful start, but is not essential. Many diving schools run aptitude tests which help candidates decide whether they would be suited to working underwater.

Many professional divers gain academic and/or technical qualifications relevant to their chosen industry before they train to dive. For example, a diver working in the offshore industry might have a degree in an engineering or science subject, a construction diver might have welding qualifications, and a nautical archaeologist would have a degree in archaeology. Divers in the police force are usually chosen from people who are already in the service. The Royal Navy prefers recruits to the Diving Sub-Branch to have previous commercial or sub-aqua experience.

Some university courses in subjects like marine biology, underwater science and marine archaeology include diver training. Cranfield University offers a Diving and Underwater Technology option as part of the Offshore and Ocean Technology MSc. It is aimed at science and engineering graduates who want careers in the offshore and ocean-related sectors.

Anyone wishing to dive professionally in Great Britain must hold a relevant qualification approved by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Qualifications vary according to the type of diving work, but you can get a full list from the HSE.


Before starting diver training, a thorough medical examination must be passed, carried out by an HSE-approved medical examiner.

Training is held at HSE-approved centres. The training varies according to the qualification, but includes theory, practical exercises and safety training.

Diver training and buying diving equipment is expensive.


Nearly all divers are self-employed. They are employed in the offshore oil and gas industries, civil engineering and construction, marine and archaeological research, and film, TV and photography. Many of these opportunities are on a short-term contract basis, so you must be flexible and be prepared to travel to look for work. Diving companies tend to be centred around coastal ports, harbours, etc.

There are also opportunities in the police and armed forces. You could qualify to be a diving instructor. Opportunities are available to work overseas.

As technology improves, more underwater tasks can be carried out by remote-control machines, so opportunities for divers are decreasing.

Annual Income:

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

An inland or inshore diver can earn around £15,500 a year. Divers working in the UK sector of the North Sea oil and gas industry earn about £28,800. Divers with 300 days offshore experience who have made 150 approved dives can earn up to £46,800.

Divers are paid by the day, and these figures are based on payment for 180 days each year. Actual earnings will depend on employment contracts.

Further information:

Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Unit 7, St Philips Central
Albert Road
St Philips
Tel: 0117 300 7234

Minerva House
Bruntland Road
AB12 4QL
Tel: 01224 787800

Health and Safety Executive
HSE Infoline
Caerphilly Business Park
CF83 3GG
Tel: 08701 545500

International Marine Contractors Association
Carlyle House
235 Vauxhall Bridge Road
Tel: 020 7931 8171

Other Useful Diver Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Diver job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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