Call it a Day – Everyday Life of Commercial Divers


Oil is one of the most promising produce offered by Mother Nature. It has become a global necessity that allows us to perform thousands of tasks and operate a variety of machineries. It is the blood flowing through numerous industrial veins. Drilling this precious fluid takes a lot of effort and huge manpower from managing, engineering, diving, refining, transporting and other careers in the energy industry.

Commercial divers play a significant role in terms of maintaining oil rigs and operating devices used to extract oil from deep underwater reserves. Batch of divers are brought to offshore oilfields and usually engage in conducting a 12 hour duty for 2 consecutive weeks before they return to land. These men form a brotherhood bond during their stay and they rely on each other’s backs especially when they ascend to the abyss.

Oil rigs operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Once the divers have arrived from their ocean journey they are briefed regarding duties and responsibilities, safety measures, orientation, bunk designation and fire drill. A normal team consists of 4 divers, 4 tenders and a lead tender which is also a diver mainly in charge for mentoring newcomers and maintaining the rig equipment. A team relieves another after a 12 hour interval.

Offshore work begins with stretching, warming up, brunches and fooling around. Then the tasks commence. After a team’s shift, there will be a turn over and endorsement of important details. Some basic tasks include pipeline repair and rig inspection. The divers are given instructions and overseen on board by their superiors to ensure safety. Another diver is on standby should assistance become necessary. Typical dives are more or less 3 hours plus another 3 hours for decompression process depending on the depth of the dive.  



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