Diver Kairukuruku

Commercial divers develop and maintain underwater structures and do research for scientists. Recreational divers teach scuba diving and may carry out marine searches and rescues.

Divers may do some or all of the following:

  • inspect, build and repair structures using underwater tools and equipment
  • search underwater areas for objects, structures or criminal evidence
  • manage emergency situations, including rescuing divers in distress 
  • clean and inspect boats or marine farm structures
  • guide certified divers on underwater tours
  • inspect, clean and wash diving equipment
  • instruct dive students
  • keep a log book to record details of diving experiences.

Physical Requirements

Divers need to have excellent fitness and health and a good level of stamina because diving can be physically demanding. They also need to be free of inner-ear problems.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for divers includes:

  • recreational diving
  • dive industry retail work
  • building industry work
  • engineering, fitting and welding work
  • scientific work such as marine biology or oceanography
  • work on boats or in the boating industry
  • teaching.

Personal Qualities

Divers need to be:

  • able to remain calm in emergencies and work well under pressure
  • confident and adaptable
  • alert and safety conscious
  • methodical and careful
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for divers includes:

  • recreational diving
  • dive industry retail work
  • building industry work
  • engineering, fitting and welding work
  • scientific work such as marine biology or oceanography
  • work on boats or in the boating industry
  • teaching.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary educational requirements to become a diver. However, physical education, maths, physics and workshop technology are useful.

Divers can earn around $39K-$43K per year per year.

Divers may progress to set up their own diving business.

Divers may specialise in a number of roles including:

Commercial Diver
Commercial divers may work onshore or offshore and usually work for construction, engineering or science companies.
Recreational Diver or Diving Instructor
Recreation divers usually teach various recreational scuba diving skills.
Hazmat Diver
Hazmat divers are a specific kind of commercial diver and usually work in hazardous underwater conditions.
Naval, Police or Military Diver
Naval, police or military divers perform a variety of underwater tasks for the institutions they work for.
Aquaculture Diver
Aquaculture divers work for aquaculture farms which reproduce and harvest species such as mussels, oysters and salmon.
Media, Film or Photographic Diver
Media divers usually work for production companies and specialise in capturing underwater images.
Search and Rescue Diver
Rescue divers are commercial or recreational divers qualified to help save people from dangerous underwater situations.
Diver

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