A Day in the Life of a Military Diver
Commercial Diving looks like lots of fun. Getting to spend hours seeing the underwater world that we only can see for a few moments while holding our breath has to be exhilarating work!
Exhilarating, dangerous, terrifying, exhausting, damaging work. Many military or commercial divers are veterans from various service. It is place where those with leadership skills and the ability to work in a "spartan-like" environment really come into play. Dive Instructor Matt Jones looks at diving through a unique lens that not all of us can relate to when choosing careers: "Hey, at least no one is shooting at me" (Water Welders 2014).
For those who wish not to be shot at, look no further then a career in diving. The work is a lifestyle choice, you are a rogue warrior of the sea. There are few people more interesting to speak to then divers, they have a work ethic like no other. A look into their lifestyle is regular 10 hour days with two to three weeks on a job at a time. It is rare to find a job in your hometown, unless your hometown is an oil rig in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico (Rossier 2015). The work is hard on your body, significant nerve and tissue damage can be caused from a simple slip up in protocol, whether it be not enough time in a hyperbaric chamber or attempting to surface too quickly (Bear 2013). EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) requires you to detect and remove mines on top of risking yourself just getting underwater.
You are wondering how to get involved in this industry, right? The process to becoming a Navy diver is simple:
Physical Screening Test
Great Lakes Basic Military Boot Camp Training
Pre-Training for Dive School
The Training Cycle (Explosive Ordnance Disposal has different branches you work through to become qualified)
Also, make sure that you under the age 31, have 20/20 vision, pass ASVAB testing and SWCC testing and in US Navy Seals case, you must be a US citizen and have one full year with non-judicial judgements (Smith 2015).
For those of you who want to join a brotherhood lifestyle and push yourself to the limits without anyone shooting at you, this is the path for you. Divers deserve the utmost respect!
Share with us in the comment section below another job underwater that is as tough as these guys. Deep Trekker's aim is to help keep divers in the safest possible situations and make their lives easier!