Commercial Diving 101

June 29, 2015

Defining commercial diving is difficult, because the term encompasses so many different activities. My best definition of commercial diving is this: Commercial diving is work, inconveniently located underwater, where the financial benefit justifies the expense of sending a diver. How Much Does a Commercial Diver Get Paid? The greater the financial risk, the higher the… Continue Reading »


Offshore to Office: Transitioning from a Rig to Office in Oil, Gas

March 30, 2015

Working offshore is a highly desired occupation for many. Whether it’s the appeal of a fixed schedule with several days off at a time, the potential for a handsome pay with opportunities for overtime or the chance to travel all over the world, oil and gas is a highly sought-after industry.     Currently 61 mobile… Continue Reading »


Guide to Underwater Welding

March 10, 2015

Summary: The two main categories of underwater welding techniques are: Wet underwater welding Dry underwater welding (also called Hyperbaric welding) In wet underwater welding, shielded metal arc welding is commonly used, employing a waterproof electrode.  Other processes that are used include flux cored arc welding and friction welding. In each of these cases, the welding… Continue Reading »



February 2, 2015

Getting Your First Dive Job After Graduation So, you’re about to wrap up your diving training. You’ve aced, slogged or scraped your way through physics and emergency medicine, dived over and over at different depths and in different waters, learned how to stay alive in high levels of pollution during your hazmat course, grinded through… Continue Reading »


DOF Subsea Clinches Asia Pacific Contracts

January 14, 2015

In the Asia Pacific region DOF Subsea, a subsidiary of DOF ASA, has been awarded several new and extended existing contracts by key clients. The contract awards will improve the utilization of the vessels Skandi Hercules and Skandi Hawk during 1st half of 2015 with an additional approx. 4 months. The scope of work includes… Continue Reading »



December 28, 2014

Approximately 10,000 American commercial and government divers face a relatively high risk of serious injury or death while on the job. Some say that the existing diving safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) do not adequately reflect the advances in diving system technology and equipment. Professional commercial divers face major… Continue Reading »


A real life ‘Diver Dan’

December 8, 2014

Although born in Geelong, Queenscliff was a second home for Craig Elstone and together with three mates spent much of his time on, or in the water around the town. At the time the four mates purchased a couta boat. “We used to go out and dive off Queenscliff and spent time with Harry Mouchemore,… Continue Reading »


Are you considering a career in diving?

December 5, 2014

Diving is a high hazard activity and there are specific regulations on diving at work to control the risks. These are The Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR). The regulations The DWR cover all dives when one or more divers are AT WORK in the diving industry whether employed or self-employed. The regulations apply to… Continue Reading »


SBCC takes Marine Diving students offshore

November 25, 2014

It’s just after six on a dark November morning.  The City College student divers are wrapping up a mandatory safety briefing in the Marine Diving Technology Building. They head down to the Santa Barbara Harbor and spend the next 20 minutes loading up the dive boat, Conception. They are embarking on a nine-hour journey that few community college students dare to… Continue Reading »


Taking the Plunge A Guide to Starting an Underwater Welding Career

November 23, 2014

A Special Report from the American Welding Society CryoGas International examines the many ways the industrial gas industry works with water. The demand for highly sophisticated underwater procedures and technologies is increasing, driven by deep sea oil and gas development and by marine infrastructure development and repair around the world. In this article the American… Continue Reading »

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