The Role of Commercial Divers: When is Deep “Deep”?

Commercial DiversOften mistaken as having the same abilities as a scuba diver, commercial offshore divers know more than the basics of diving. They’re not your average diver.

For instance, an entry-level commercial diver requires additional training before they can assist underwater construction services. Uccdive.com added that they have to use different types of diving gears, several types of materials, and plenty of skills to carry out certain duties.

The Dynamic Role

Commercial divers inspect and repair services in offshore oil. For both offshore and inshore services, they are necessary for the fitting of power plant outfall and intake pipes, in harbor construction, and in pipe pulls. These divers need thorough experience and training to ensure that underwater facilities are on stream even if it is through underwater welding, security of a platform, or recovery of a vessel.

Like anyone who spends a long time underwater, the U.S. Department of Labor says commercial divers are at risk of hypothermia, respiratory and circulatory problems, and drowning.

The Deepest “Deep”

Marianas Trench has the depth of 11,033 meters below sea level and is the deepest place among all oceans. It lies north of Guam in the Pacific Ocean running for 2,550 km below the waters lying between Japan and Australia. The only known person who has ever reached the depths was the explorer and movie director James Cameron using a manned craft.

Cameron constructed a 24-foot submersible vehicle for the dive, calling it the Deepsea Challenger. He describes it as a long, green torpedo that vertically maneuvers through the water. Equipped with nine and a half inches thick window, he was able to watch his descent and view the remarkable species on the ocean floor.

The new technology and vehicles today enable mankind to investigate more on the mysteries that lie in the deepest ocean floors. Someday soon, this capacity will be able to benefit commercial divers in their work.