Commercial Diving

Commercial Diving


. THE MAINTENANCE THAT TAKES PLACE WHERE YOU CAN’T SEE IT. WE CAUGHT UP WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GO WHERE FEW PEOPLE DORKS UNDER THE WATER TO COMMERCIAL DIVER. EVERY MORNING ON THE BANKS OF THE COOPER RIVER, YOU WILL FIND STUDENTS GEARING UP AND JUMPING IN. TO A BRAND-NEW CAREER IN COMMERCIAL DIVING. ALL THROUGH CLASSES AT THE INTERNATIONAL DIVING INSTITUTE. 16 WEEKS TO GET CERTIFIED AND YOU’RE OUT WORKING. Reporter: JEREMY TANNER RECRUITS AT THE SCHOOL. HE SAW THE BENEFITS OF JOBS LIKE THIS ONE A LONG TIME AGO. AND THESE THINGS MAKE OUR COUNTRY HAVE THE VALUE IT HAS. Reporter: NO DEGREE IS REQUIRED. YOU JUST HAVE TO BE 18, HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY AND ANOTHER THING. IT’S LABOR-INTENSIVE. SO SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE A HARD WORKER. Reporter: THE TRAINING IS DESIGNED FOR UNDER CAN WATER CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR. THEY TEACH WELDING FOR BEGINNERS. ENTRY LEVEL JOBS CAN START AT $23 AN HOUR. IN A FEW YEARS, THAT CAN JUMP TO $35 AN HOUR AND FOR A JOB THAT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE INFRASTRUCTURE ITSELF, THERE IS ALMOST ALWAYS DEMANDED. WE NEED OUR BRIDGES INSPECTED, HARBORS MAINTAINED AND SHIPS CLEANED. WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE DO IT? A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW IT EXISTS. HOW MANY COMMERCIAL DIVERS HAVE YOU SEEN. THEY’RE OUT THERE EVERY DAY MAINTAINING THE STRUCTURE. AT THE SAME TIME, NO ONE KNOWS THEY’RE THERE. AND THAT IS COOL. YEAH, AND GO ONE STEP FURTHER, THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED SATURATION DIVING. SO DEEP, YOU HAVE TO GET INTO A HYPER BEARIC CHAMBER TO DEPRESSURIZE BEFORE GOING INTO THE WATER. WOW. IT’S NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART BUT YOU CAN MAKE BETWEEN 121500 A DAY. THEY GO FIVE WEEKS ON AND A MONTH OFF. AND THEY ARE WELDING UNDER THERE. UH-HUH. AND TO TAKE THE CLASSES, YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE AT ALL. SHOW UP, THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO WELD AND DIVE AND THE EQUIPMENT. BASICALLY, EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TON ABOUT IT, THEY DO THE THE CLASS. EYE-OPENING STUFF. UH. AND WHEN WE GO TALK TO SCHOOLS ALL OF THE TIME, THERE ARE KIDS WHO SAID I TALKED TO THREE THIS PAST WEEKEND. I’M NOT GOING TO COLLEGE. WHAT ELSE CAN DIE? YOU — CAN DIE? YOU NEED A GED AND 18 YEARS OLD. ANYONE SITTING AT HOME INTERESTED IN THIS, GO TO OUR

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