There are many different types of commercial divers. Types of commercial divers include offshore divers, scientific divers, public safety divers including police and fire rescue divers, military divers, HAZMAT divers, nuclear divers, construction divers, salvage divers, seafood divers, hull scrubbers, and numerous others. These divers have various duties and skills associated with their respective lines of work. However, all types of commercial divers face similar dangers associated with the inherent dangers of their profession.
Offshore divers are the most common type of commercial diver and they often work in the oil and gas industry. Most commercial divers begin their careers as commercial divers in the oil and gas industry. These jobs allow divers to earn a good living, but the hours are long and the schedules are irregular with seasonal work and long periods of work time and off time. Offshore divers often live on oil platforms or vessels while they are working and they are often considered Jones Act Seaman.
Scientific divers conduct scientific studies underwater which include collecting data and conducting scientific testing underwater. They are often highly trained professionals who work both offshore and inland.
Public Safety Divers
Public safety divers include police divers, fire divers, and rescue divers. Police divers often assist in conducting investigations of evidence that may be underwater and in recovery of that evidence. Fire divers assist in diving accidents and water rescue. Rescue divers also assist in diving accidents and in water rescue.
Military divers, who are often part of the naval forces, conduct military missions under water. These missions often involve dangerous elements using military tactics. Military divers are also responsible for performing maintenance on military vessels underwater. Military divers often develop the skills they learned in the military into a career in other commercial diving professions.
HAZMAT divers often work under very dangerous conditions and they are considered highly skilled and experienced divers. They also dive in polluted areas where there are chemicals and other hazardous materials in the water. HAZMAT divers must take precautionary measures including wearing special equipment when they dive in order to prevent contamination.
Nuclear divers, like HAZMAT divers, are constantly working in dangerous conditions. They are most often diving in areas of water contaminated with nuclear waste and radiation. Nuclear divers have to take extra precautionary measures because of the hazardous areas where they dive.
Construction divers are responsible for many types of underwater work and they work in many different areas both offshore and inland. Construction divers frame and place concrete, erect steel, operate heavy equipment such as cranes, work with rigging, and much more. Their jobs are highly skilled and often dangerous.
Salvage divers dive all over the world to recover numerous things lost at sea including vessels or parts of vessels, cargo, aircrafts and other vehicles, and many other structures. Salvaged divers also conduct investigations of wrecks and other objects.