Occupational Diving

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About Occupational Diving (At Work Diving)

Occupational Diving (Professional-Diving) covers any diving activities where a person is considered to be "at work" or employed in diving activities. We will demonstrate here what is "Occupational Diving" how it works

and how is it is used to support diving industry services.

What is Occupational Diving?

Diving At Work - Diving for Work

From Cleaning Boats and anti-fouling, Blanking and sealing, Sea Chest Inspections, NDT, to diving for Scallops or using a hard hat, bandmask and surface air or mixed gas. Public Safety Diving, ROV- UW-Welding, Cutting, Artificial Reef Building. Pre-paring wrecks for sinking and Thruster replacement on support vessels and rigs etc...

Note: Scuba training is NOT normally associated with "Occupational" Diving activities...

Many divers with Sports Certifications are actually breaking the law in many Countries as they are not engaged in sports scuba or recreational diving but in activities like boat hull cleaning. anti-fouling or UW parts replacement / repair or jobs that seem simple!

These are often deemed in some Countries to be "Commercial Diving"... This may seem confusing so we offer a clear definition below.

Any aspect of diving operations not directly associated with recreational diving, as Sports or Technical Diving activities and where divers are paid for services as income or in kind, is generally considered to be "AT WORK" Diving and therefore "Occupational".

These types of diving activities generally offer a much greater degree of risk of death or serious injury then recreational diving and as such, sports and technical divers should seek "Specialist Training", for working diving activities and projects.  Also employers may be breaking the law by allowing NON Qualified and uncertified divers to operate...

Occupational Diving is defined as in-Land or In-Shore, diving for paid employment or personal gain. Commercial diving is also In-Land and In-Shore but also Offshore...

Working with ITDA to develop Occupational Diving

We have created a unique and new idea the ERPD (European Registry of Professional Divers) find professional divers and diving service businesses or register your business and divers to help promote your business.

Occupational Training Partners

Malaysia - Asia

Training Partner is TSTC Terengannu Safety Training Centre

More information coming soon....  

Web Link see: www.mytstc.com

Occupational at Work Diving

Training & Certification Levels

General Diver - Occupational Diver

(OD Level 1) - Boat Cleaning & Maintenance, Silo Cleaning and Maintenance / Hazmat / Anti-Fouling / Collecting (Scallops) etc.

OD Level 2. - Working with Power Tools Underwater - Introduction to Hardhat (Scuba to Hardhat)

OD Level 3. - Working with Surface Supplied Air and Comms / Full Face and Hardhat

Construction Diver Levels 1 to 3

Tools Specialist & UW Cleaning Power Tools

UW Welding & Cutting

ROV Operations

UW Inspection and Diving Operations Supervisor

Project Management

In-Land and In-Shore Occupational Certifications

Hyperbaric Chamber Operations (DDRC - HBOT)

Working in Diving

ITDA Occupational Programs and At Work / Public Safety Diving Programs

Available from our Occupational Training Services. All Occupational Diving requires a working and current knowledge of: Diving Physics and Physiology - Specialist Emergency Procedures based on Equipment used and

Diver Recovery and Chamber placement

ITDA Occupational Diving

It is generally agreed in the industry that scuba diving training is completely inadequate for Occupational diver training.

Therefore entry level from ITDA to Occupational diving should be from an Advanced Diver level with a minimum of 30+ Open Water Dives. With the clear exception of Dry Specialist work - ROV Operator - Hyperbaric Tender etc. General Diver will be trained in: Full Mask / Band Mask with Comms, Scuba to Hard Hat and use of general underwater tools. (Plus Emergency Procedures).

UW welding
SAA full face mask

Scuba to Band Mask (Full Face)

The use of a full face or Band Mask is not common in Scuba Diving but Technical Divers often use this equipment for additional safety when mixed gas diving.

Full face masks may also be used for Underwater Communications in both Scuba and Technical Diving, ITDA offers training and certification in this equipment. Note: Different manufactures may have different standards.

Scuba to SSA

Surface Supplied Air (30m/100ft)

After Scuba to Full Face / Band Mask or Hard Hat the next level is to master SSA (Surface Supplied Air). Where a diver or team of divers uses a compressor or high volume cylinders situated at the surface or boat platform / support vessel. This requires an experience surface dive supervisor or project manager who is also trained in Emergency Recovery and Hyperbaric Operations.

Surface Supplied Air
ROV video and comms

ROV Video in Recovery (PSD)

ROV's (Remote Operated Vehicles) have greatly changed previous hazardous jobs like inspections and recovery of bodies and vehicles (Cars - Equipment) etc.

We have ITDA trainers and specialist educators in Malaysia and Singapore in all aspects of Occupational Diving, Training and Certification and Hyperbaric Training. TSTC in Malaysia

We also have European Partner in Gran Canaria, Spain Subservices S.L.


If you are a diver looking for a career in professional diving we can help you find a program

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