Salvage divers’ environments can either be shallow or deep bodies of water. Aside from their primary assignments in salvaging, they are also involved in various underwater activities such as object recovery, treasure hunting, inspection, repair and maintenance of submerged infrastructures. Police searches will sometimes require salvage divers to recover evidences associated with accidents and crime investigations.
Wet welding and cutting tools are commonly used in salvage diving. Divers undergo training and certification to be able to perform these actions especially when a valuable and fragile item is to be recovered. Training programs equip salvage divers with cautious handling techniques in complex archaeological operations. They are also responsible for cataloging valuable recovered heritage.
Freelancing can also be observed in salvage industry where divers make their own efforts in finding lost ships for treasure hunting however, this require determination and hard work and the success rate is not very common because of the vastness of the ocean to survey.
In the army, they offer salvage training to soldiers that will help them in performing underwater assignments including ship inspection, repair and maintenance. They are also the ones responsible for explosives removal operations.
The challenge is the environment divers work in. It can either be clear or zero visibility. Limited space also poses danger because divers have to squeeze in to reach target objects. Rogue debris are also present in salvage sites that might injure divers therefore an extensive training and preparation must be taken into account for their own safety.