I don’t have any experience in the diving industry, although I am attending Divers Institute of Technology (DIT) to get the experience and certifications. As far as the construction industry goes, I have one full year of welding, and one year of electrical experience.
I consider myself both a risk-taker and an explorer.
But I assess every situation, and I only take risks as long I’m not putting others or myself in physical danger. Safety first.
I know someone who is a commercial diver. It was good talking to him about his experience in the field, but like I said this has been a dream for me. I’m very fortunate to have the ability to do this.
I’m sure the money is very nice, but it isn’t always about the money. To me it’s about doing something you’ve always had a passion for and enjoy doing.
Training at Divers Institute of Technology
When I read up on DIT, I felt like it was a good school for me, so I checked it out. What really attracted me was the underwater welding aspect.
After beginning my training, several courses caught my attention:
- Physics: Classwork focused on theory and laws surrounding diving variables. Includes practice formulating dive tables, high and low pressures and diving methods.
- Medicine: Study of physical effects in sicknesses and injuries of divers. Focus on symptoms and treatments available.
- Chamber & CPR: Application of physics and techniques learned in physics and medicine. Two day course inside hyperbaric chambers.
Physics is a big part of this with decompression and what not also is great to know CPR and to be certified to possibly save a life.
Practice inside the decompression chamber has helped me understand the importance of knowing it and what it does and how it works. Getting to run it and be inside of it helps you know what is expected so you don’t accidentally go to extremes it when decompressing someone.
Bradley Peterson has been a great instructor. Peterson taught Physics, Medicine, and Decompression. The guy really knows his stuff and is on top of things. I also trust what he has to say about whatever it may be to do with being a commercial diver.
Inland or Offshore: Putting in my Time
It would be really nice to be able to find something around the Seattle area if at all possible. But I will go to wherever the work is in my commercial diving career.
I would love to be around welding. I’m not afraid to put in some hard labor. Welding is what I have grown up with. I would be fine with an inland or offshore job.
If at all possible, I’d like to work 10 – 15 years in this line of work and then start looking to invest in a business.
Hunter Prock currently lives in Seattle and is attending Divers Institute of Technology, training to become a commercial diver. He’s 20-years-old at the time of this article publication.