Diver Exploits: Training in South Africa, Brian Sets His Sights Internationally

In 2011 when I was in grade 10, I was doing my technical subject in the workshops at school. I was in the mechanical class doing some saw cutting and welding on metal pipes.

My teacher and I were discussing about my future life, so he began briefing me about a field called underwater welding and I liked it. The very same day I went home and did some research online about the underwater welding process is and what’s done there.

Brian Commercial Diver

Well in all honesty, I come from a technical high school and most of the time I applied myself to more practical work with my hands.

I did sports at school like rugby, swimming and soccer. I also thought of commercial diving as a sport and fun adventure; I also liked to introduce new things and different people in my life.

I don’t mind taking risk’s in my life if it’s worth it

I also learned from my mom about leaving and working overseas, as she worked in Riyadh. I also wished to be an expatriate but unfortunately my mom came back lead to family issues and problems.

Underwater Welding School

I went to Jack Dive Chest School in Cape Town. The reason why I went there, because they are the best diving school in South Africa and they professional. Even guys from outside the country come to Jack Dive Chest to do their commercial diving course.

I wish I could have done some more training on Oxy-Arc cutting which Broco is cutting at the training because we didn’t have much time to learn it.

The Big Rig: Major Diving Challenges

Diver Exploits Brian
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Lift of vessel, rigging and flanges assembly.

It was just the two of us.

We had to assembly a flange from scratch under 10 minutes time and also lift up vessels with air bags by inserting your Nemo.

Communication and safety are key to underwater welding, so when I had to work with a team I communicated a lot and planned along during work training.

I made sure I don’t work while I’m panicking because it would lead me or us to false issues at a dive site.

While working in sea I saw sea life animals and creatures.

At the first time it took long about 30 – 40 minutes, but the second time it would be easier. But I wouldn’t rush it because I made sure I do what is expected from the supervisors.

By repeating work required and I would also say practice makes perfect and also by being professional; dedicate yourself to the fullest and love what you do.

My Career: Offshore Life for Me

My long term goal is to work on oil rigs, saturation diving or chamber dive and being in the management position, especially outside my country.

Believe in what you do, never lose hope. Stay fit and strong – don’t affect your health because you a diver now and always apply yourself to the best, dedication and hard working must be your strongest things be professional and have pride in what you do.


Brian is a class 3 commercial diver currently located in Durban, South Africa. He wants to travel and work in the offshore industry.