Scuba Diving – From Amateur to Professional


There is more to scuba diving than meets the eye. There are different types of scuba diving. First, there are two major classifications – recreational diving and professional diving. Each classification has other classifications within it as well. Recreational diving, for instance, may include cave diving, free diving, drift diving, altitude dives, deep diving, ice diving, night diving, underwater photography or videography, or even simple snorkeling. Different types of dives require different types of training as well. Just because you have been trained and certified in regular scuba diving does not mean that you are qualified for ice diving or other types of diving. Some people start diving for recreational purposes and discover such a love for the sport that they begin doing it professionally. They may become instructors, or enter into one of the many professional or commercial diving fields. Professional diving includes marine biology diving, maritime archaeology, underwater search and recovery, underwater ship repair, and wreck diving. Professional divers are often called tech divers, and they may also participate in deep diving, ice diving, night diving, and cave diving during the course of their professional diving activities. Military diving includes combat divers as well as work divers for the armed forces. The Navy has an elite team of divers known as Frogmen. Public Safety Diving refers to police and rescue personnel who dive for the purpose of rescuing other human beings. They may also dive to recover human bodies, or to recover evidence. Commercial diving encompasses professional divers, but also includes other breeds of divers as well. Offshore divers are used in the oil and gas industries, and they dive for the purpose of constructing, repairing, or maintaining offshore rigs and pipelines. Inland or Inshore divers often work in ship harbors to repair ports underwater, or to make repairs to ships underwater. Some professional diving is quite dangerous. There are nuclear industry divers who literally dive in waters that are in radioactive conditions, or HAZMAT divers who dive when hazardous materials are present, such as when oil spills occur. The equipment used for different types of divers varies as well. Typically, professional divers use full face diving masks and the diving mask and the diving regulator are combined in one unit. These masks often include communication devices that make it possible for the divers to communicate with each other, or with people on the surface. Depending on the length and depth of a dive, professional divers may have a long hose that supplies air from the surface, as opposed to a personal air tank. This hose is called an umbilical. The umbilical may also supply air for pneumatic tools. Some unbilicals provide electrical power for communication equipment or lighting equipment. Again, the equipment that the diver uses depends a great deal on the type of diving they are doing. For instance, underwater photographers obviously need underwater cameras. Construction divers need tools that can be operated underwater. Usually these power tools are actually powered by high pressured air that is supplied by a hose from the surface. Professional dive equipment is often very expensive, and not something that the average recreational diver would want or need to invest in. At the same time, the equipment used by a recreational diver isn’t suitable for those who are working underwater either. However, professional divers usually have a self contained air tank with them as an emergency back up – in case their air supply from the surface gets cut off for any reason. Remember that most professional divers started diving for recreational purposes. There is a possibility that you like scuba diving so much that you seek further information about possible diving careers.

 


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