Diver Exploits: Justin’s Motivation for Underwater Welding at DAI

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Years of welding experience. No diving experience. Here I go… I’ve applied and began my studies at Divers Academy International for this next phase of my life. In high school, I attended a technical school for three years to learn welding. I also attended welding classes at night at my local community college. My last … Read more Diver Exploits: Justin’s Motivation for Underwater Welding at DAI

Biz Wave: Speciality Welds

Speciality Welds manufactures many of its own products. What are some of the your most popular items? We manufacture a wide range of underwater welding products and welding consumables, including Barracuda Gold and Hammerhead electrodes, Piranha safety isolation switches, welding stingers, Swordfish arc cutting and Scorpion blue exothermic cutting lances, flip-up housings and auto-darkening filters. They … Read more Biz Wave: Speciality Welds

Biz Wave: Dryden Diving Company, Inc.

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Dryden Diving provides many services in the maritime industry. How many full-time divers and other employees does it have to provide these services? Dryden Diving utilizes the Wharf and Dock Builders Union to supplement labor, after divers graduate from dive schools, they’re offered an apprenticeship to learn the trade skills. For example, they’ll learn common skills … Read more Biz Wave: Dryden Diving Company, Inc.

Six Myths of Topside Welding Certification: #3 is on the Money

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As a general rule, certification is to welders as tax laws are to accountants: Extremely beneficial to understand, but complicated enough to scare many away. For every welding technique, it seems we have five certification tests to match it. Since welding coded certification comes in thousands of varieties, I cannot do justice to the process in a single blog post. … Read more Six Myths of Topside Welding Certification: #3 is on the Money

Diver Exploits: Logan’s Journey to Underwater Welding Certification

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I just turned 23 years old on September fifth – the same day that I passed my welding certification test – that was probably the best birthday present that I could ask for. Achievements & Experience in Topside Welding The person that sparked my interest to go into commercial diving was my welding teacher from … Read more Diver Exploits: Logan’s Journey to Underwater Welding Certification

Teacher of 1: Benefits and Limitations of Self-taught Welding

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  You can teach yourself to change your car’s brakes, modify a computer program and even peel a banana the right way. All of us live in the Information Age, and no matter what interests we have, we’re confronted with the same message With enough information, you can teach yourself how to do weld. Aspiring underwater … Read more Teacher of 1: Benefits and Limitations of Self-taught Welding

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

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)

5 Ways to Boost Mechanical Skills: #2 is CRUCIAL for Welders

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When I was in high school, we had a term for people who could ace tests, but then walk out the door and not understand a single way to apply their “book” knowledge. We called them “Four – Oh’s.” That referred to their incredible GPA (4.0) and lack of street smarts. Don’t be one of those … Read more 5 Ways to Boost Mechanical Skills: #2 is CRUCIAL for Welders

Fresh Start: After Almost 2 Decades Topside, Shawn Welds Underwater

I started welding in  1997 and full-time as a career for 16 years, fitting and fabricating heavy equipment. I’ve done everything, including concrete mixers, roofing tar kettles, rodeo equipment, live stock equipment, food processing machinery, CNC Router Machines, Asphalt Pavers, and huge track crawler excavators. In between my main job, I’ve worked on small and … Read more Fresh Start: After Almost 2 Decades Topside, Shawn Welds Underwater