Diver Debt: How Underwater Welders Effectively Manage Income

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Underwater welding pays good money, but you won’t be making six figures straight out of underwater welding school. Even if you achieve this income, you’ll need a plan in place to handle your expenses. Your expenses can vary depending on if you work inland or offshore, so I’ll notate the categories that are location-specific. Underwater welders can rack up … Read more Diver Debt: How Underwater Welders Effectively Manage Income

The Best Way to Find a Commercial Diving Job: Networking

Face it, you’re in an industry as turbulent as the ocean in a storm. Work may come steady for four, five or six months and then completely drop off. Even with impressive certification, jobs aren’t always there as an underwater welder. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Ever heard this one? You may have ignored it … Read more The Best Way to Find a Commercial Diving Job: Networking

Training off the Coast of Africa for the Rest of the World

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I dive for two reasons: Support for my family and the insane, unbridled thrill I get underwater. Hailing from South Africa, I trained as a diver in Seadog commercial diving school in Saldahnha Bay, SA. Over seven nationalities went through the course with me, including those from Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Indian, Nigerian and, of course, other … Read more Training off the Coast of Africa for the Rest of the World

Before the Big Leagues: Life as a Tender

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No one enters the army as a general. And no one starts their first job as a full-fledged, high paid underwater welder. If you’re like the vast majority of divers, prepare for your first job title: Dive tender. Dive tenders “tend” to the needs (and wants) of commercial divers. They’re usually busy for most of the … Read more Before the Big Leagues: Life as a Tender

Family Man or Lone Wolf? Inland Versus Offshore Underwater Welding

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One of the biggest decisions faced by underwater welders is work location: Where’s the best place to find a job? A dock on the Boston harbor? Local water tower maintenance in Quebec? An oil rig a thousand miles off the Gulf of Mexico? Inland (onshore) and offshore divers face different sets of circumstances in their … Read more Family Man or Lone Wolf? Inland Versus Offshore Underwater Welding

6 Reasons You’re Not an Underwater Welder (Yet)

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“Matt, I want to become an underwater welder, but ____________.” I hear it all too often. Hundreds of people want to go into the underwater welding field, but for every person, there’s a reason why they can’t invest in it. Some reasons are extremely legit, but most have holes in them. I’ve compiled the top … Read more 6 Reasons You’re Not an Underwater Welder (Yet)

Practical Guide to Underwater Welding Equipment & Purpose

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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

9 Mind-blowing Commercial Diving Jobs: Epic Careers

How many ways can you make a living in diving? Quite a few, it turns out. The underwater industry isn’t just a bunch of SCUBA divers swimming in tropical waters. Nor is it all underwater welders lighting up metal on oil rigs. The commercial diving profession has many categories. Requirements: Commercial Diving Jobs Commercial diving jobs are loaded … Read more 9 Mind-blowing Commercial Diving Jobs: Epic Careers

German Trained Welder-diver: Uwe’s Journey into a Commercial Diving Career

When I finished school in Germany, I never dreamed of such a career. I am very fortunate to do what I do for a living. I can combine two of my greatest passions in my life, welding and diving. Being a welding engineer educated in Germany, I had to start my career with an apprenticeship … Read more German Trained Welder-diver: Uwe’s Journey into a Commercial Diving Career

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