Avoiding The Bends When Welding Underwater

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The Bends, also known as Caisson Disease and decompression sickness, is one of the safety hazards when underwater welding. It is caused by dissolved gas, the majority of which is nitrogen, that comes out as bubbles during decompression. If you rise too quickly, these bubbles don’t have time to be reabsorbed into the body, and … Read more Avoiding The Bends When Welding Underwater

Underwater Welder Life Expectancy: A Complicated Picture

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Thinking of signing up for underwater welding? It’s not a “typical” job, but underwater welders aren’t your typical crowd. During my interaction with welder-divers around the world, there’s a few commonalities I’ve seen among them: Go-getters Mechanical mindset Troubleshooters Passion for construction projects Eager for bottom time (in the water) Welder-diver: Danger of Job Stereotyping One … Read more Underwater Welder Life Expectancy: A Complicated Picture

Biz Wave: A Significant Casualty

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Peter J. Pilkington, author of “A Significant Casualty“, takes us through the background and significance of his book. He began writing after his son, a former commercial diver, died in an offshore incident. How long after your son’s passing did you begin your book, “A Significant Casualty”? Did your ideas for the book change as you were writing it? … Read more Biz Wave: A Significant Casualty

Dive Medical Technician: Responsibilities, Salary & Certification

Ever watched a game of NFL football? When all eleven players move strategically toward the touchdown zone, it’s a beautiful sight. The quarterback passes and hands off the football with ease, and when the ball makes it to the goal line, the crowds go wild. Cameras focus on the player holding the ball – usually … Read more Dive Medical Technician: Responsibilities, Salary & Certification

Dive Fitness: Physical & Fitness Requirements for Underwater Welders

If you’re serious about underwater welding, then you’ll need to pass the dive training and earn your commercial diving certification. Before you can enter underwater welding school for training, however, you’ll need to show that you’ve passed a recent dive physical. A dive physical is different from a regular physical checkup, as commercial divers work … Read more Dive Fitness: Physical & Fitness Requirements for Underwater Welders

Diving Insurance for the Business Owner: Types & Consequences

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There’s a myth floating out in commercial diving land (or water, in this case) that diving insurance is too complex to understand. Proper understanding of your insurance can be the difference between your business sinking or remaining afloat. Though diving insurance has its share of complexity (like all insurance), I’ve tried to narrow this article down to … Read more Diving Insurance for the Business Owner: Types & Consequences

Practical Guide to Underwater Welding Equipment & Purpose

Underwater Welding Equipment

Finding the right tools for an underwater welding project can be daunting. There’s a lot to take into consideration: Purpose Function Quality Welder-divers need the right equipment to perform their jobs accurately, efficiently and safely. This guide can help you navigate the process of choosing underwater welding equipment. And by the way, if you haven’t dropped by … Read more Practical Guide to Underwater Welding Equipment & Purpose

Burn, Baby: The Beautiful World of Underwater Cutting

…a time to tear down and a time to build (Ecclesiastes 3:3) Most jobs have two sides to them – destruction and creation. If you’ve worked in the construction industry, you know this to be true. On any given day, materials must be cut, shaped, welded, soldered and scrapped. Bigger jobs require bigger tools, but the end … Read more Burn, Baby: The Beautiful World of Underwater Cutting

Tangled Hoses and Boat Propellers: Commercial Diving Accidents Plus Bonus Video

It’s no secret that welding underwater comes with many risks and dangers. Many welder-divers have come out of this field of work much different people than when they came in – some in wheelchairs, some with chronic headaches or aching limbs, and some haven’t made it at all – they’ve perished in a high risk … Read more Tangled Hoses and Boat Propellers: Commercial Diving Accidents Plus Bonus Video

6 Shocking Underwater Welding Dangers & Powerful Safety Solutions

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Safety first. And last. If you’ve ever worked under a diving adviser or taken a welding class, safety is the primary emphasis. Because underwater welding dangers are prevalent, safety is of equally high importance. A little common sense and understanding of diving operations make all the difference. Underwater welding is not the most dangerous job in the world. Not by … Read more 6 Shocking Underwater Welding Dangers & Powerful Safety Solutions