Ice Ice Diving

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Commercial diving can be considered as an adventurous job due to the fact that divers get to be deployed in several places where oil rigs are located and view the majestic scenery of underwater marine life. However, adventures inevitably come with hazards and commercial diving is no exception.

Underwater construction is way more difficult than working on land and it gets more pronounced when it involves ice. The cold climate in the Arctic or Antarctic is one endeavor a commercial diver has to overcome. When he goes beneath the freezing water surface the visibility is rather limited often pitch black. There are instances when huge chunks of icebergs and other debris can cause harm to commercial divers.

The average time a diver stays submerged is 50 minutes but required to recuperate inside decompression tank which takes around 3 hours depending on how long the diver was underwater and the depth he was able to reach. Britt Coates, a commercial diver that has been assigned to Gulf of Mexico and Antarctica said, “It’s industry standard to be down as long as we are. That’s how business is done. After I exit the water, I have exactly five minutes to get into the decompression chamber; otherwise, I give those bubbles a chance to get into my blood.”

It is important for commercial divers to have insurance for this kind of work whether dealing with cold areas or warmer water. Threats are always present in these hostile environments and safety is a factor that must never be compromised. 

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