Commercial Dive Information
This page was created in response to the numerous requests that I receive
for information regarding schools, job conditions, wage rates, and the
Schools, and what to expect after you're done.
You Want to be a Commercial Diver? Compliments of & used with permission from the former N.A.O.C.D., this
page gave a list of schools, as well as a good idea of what to expect
while working in the field. Covers Offshore & inland diving. Though somewhat dated, it still provides VERY
Wet Page Gives an insider's views & opinions of schools &
the offshore industry.
Cunningham Has a unique informative page on commercial diving. Well
worth a look.
Memorial, a Louisiana State Technical College is the one that I recommend
as it is the one that gives the most bang for the buck. The ''Big
Five'' schools are excellent training facilities, but just can't compete
cost wise with a state run institution. Why pay $10,000 - $15,000 more
for extras that you'll get on the job training for, while getting paid
Be warned that some dive school salesmen are downright dishonest.
I've seen classes that have had a 100% attrition rate. After 1 year,
NONE of the students were working in the field.
Highway Institute gives bridge inspection courses at various locations
around the country. The cost is about $500. Check this link for a list
of courses for Safety
Inspection of In-Service Bridges
Where do I look for a job, and how much will I make?
Most schools have placement offices, and many students with multiple
skills will get offers before leaving the school if the industry is booming.
When working offshore, expect to make $5.50-$8.00/hour for the first 1-1/2
to 3 years. After you break out, the rate goes to about $10.00-$15.00/hour.
Depth & saturation pay is the only way to make decent money. They
won't let you do any sat or deep work when you get past 40 years old.
Diving inland will get you in the water in under a month, with higher
pay, depending on location. Look for a union (Carpenters/Piledrivers)
Some companies will NOT hire women.
Diving Pay Rates Current pay rates for divers and ROV operators. Updated
Post & View Employment Ads for the Commercial & Sport Diving Industry.
The Utility Page at my web site has a collection
of links for searching and posting work ads on the Internet.
The Association of
Diving Contractors has a members list that you can search.
Diving Directory has a list of U.S. and overseas companies.
Where can I find dive gear?
The Utility Page at my web site is a place
to look for Internet postings.
Vilas & Associates in Morgan City, Louisiana is handy if
you're going to Young Memorial.
TRITON MARINE , A high volume Viking Drysuit dealer, normally catering to government agencies. Ask for a suit quote, they WILL sell to individuals at "lots of ten" prices.
Supply , Inc. in New Orleans (tell Robbie I say ''HI''), and Aqua
Air Industries Inc. in Harvey, Louisiana (ask for Stacy Cruze)
are also places to look, being well established with friendly helpful
Diamond Radio & Repair Diver's communications,
repair & manufacture. Air radio & helium descrambler repair, new
manufacture of radios & basic video systems. Tell Ken he owes me another
If some of the above links don't work for you, try again later and drop me an email.
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