There are so many dive job to choose from that is hard to not find a job that is perfect for you. If oil jobs, salvage diving, dive instructing, and cruise ship jobs don’t interest you.
Don’t cross diving off your list of new careers.
Here are few other diving jobs that may interest you:
Live Aboard – Working on a live aboard is another way to work as a recreational diver. Live Aboards are popular in locations with many islands in a small location, like the Galapagos. You have the opportunity to dive at tons of cool locations and awesome dive sites. The guests on your boat get to dive whenever they want, which can mean an unhealthy number of dives a day for you if you’re not careful.
Customs Diver – Working as a customs agent is a job full of thrills. As a customs diver, your job is to examine the bottom of every boat that goes through customs, ensuring that no contraband is attached to its hull. Most times you won’t find anything, but when you do you’ll be proud that you are responsible for keeping contraband off the streets of your country. Think about all the ports with customs around the globe, there are plenty of job opportunities. For an average salary of $35,000 U.S. you may want to check it out.
Saturation Diver – These divers go deeper for longer. They are some of the most qualified divers around. Staying underwater for days at a time in diving bells or work chambers isn’t uncommon. Both scientific divers and commercial divers sometimes need these skills to complete their job.
Demolition Diver – Does blowing stuff up get you excited? How about blowing stuff up under water? The Navy has specialties in becoming an underwater demolition expert.
Now that is a job that would keep your adrenaline pumping.
Media Diver – Do you have a passion for photography or videography? Have you thought about doing it underwater? This is a great way to express your creative talents. Dive shops will hire you to video and photograph their clients. People love pictures of themselves underwater. You can also work freelance and sell your photos to magazines or in art galleries. Or with plenty of experience you could land an amazing job with a dive magazine or National Geographic or shooting a new Hollywood movie or a Discovery Channel special. Being a media diver is an incredible career, but jobs are few and far between and pay varies greatly. As a PADI advanced open water diver, with little experience, you can make about $1,500 U.S. a month in the Caymans. Be sure to learn about how light changes underwater and take good care of your equipment – you don’t want to flood the housing of your expensive camera!
As you can tell, there are lots of options for work as a diver. You just need to find your niche. Good Luck!