Ever dream about ditching your 9 to 5 routine and spending your days doing what you want to do as often as possible which, naturally, is scuba diving? Well, believe it or not, it’s very possible to dive not just for fun, but also for a paycheck.
So if you’re not cut out for the cubicle life and want to spend your time in the water as often as possible, why not do a little research and training to see if a scuba diving career is in your not-so-distant future?
Helpful Skills: Affable and good with people and patient with new divers!
Must Have: A Scuba Instructor course
What the job entails: The cool thing about being a scuba instructor is that you can live just about anywhere. You can pick up an instruction gig at your hometown’s scuba center or travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world to work at posh diving resorts. Also, scuba divers can be employed by cruise ships, retail shops and non-profit organizations. The world is your oyster!
Helpful Skills: Law Enforcement or Military background
Must Have: Dive rescue class, in addition to any other organizational training
What the job entails: This job is very dependent on the organization you are working with whether it’s a rescue operation, police force, fire department or other public or private institute. But essentially, no matter where you land, you’re essentially an underwater hero. While the job may be grisly at times, and may deal with recovery of crime scene evidence, drugs or other illegal materials, you may also help with offshore or inshore rescue operations, and save lives for a living.
Helpful Skills: A background in construction, expertise in diving in less than optimal conditions
What the job entails: A commercial diver is essentially the all-knowing handyman, but with an underwater job site. Enlisted by private, non-profit and government organizations, the role of a commercial diver is ever-changing, and spans a wealth of possibilities. Commercial divers may inspect bridge pilings to make sure a structure is safe, may perform repairs underwater and may even do some heavy construction tasks like building new underwater machinery or even welding below the surface. The only drawback? You’ll need a wealth of skills, and should be prepared to go to sites that are not exactly on the tourism map (like nuclear power plants or water treatment facilities.)
While the aforementioned three careers are broad ideas, keep in mind that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Professional scuba divers include research scientists, archeologists, therapists, architects, artists and even instructor instructors. Nope, that’s not a typo those are the people who train other divers to be teachers.
So if this short list has your imagination churning on how your best skills and assets can translate to a professional scuba diving career, sign up for some training, do a little research on the types of scuba jobs available and start plotting your move to a full-time career of doing exactly what you love.
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