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Becoming a Commercial Diver | Commercial Diving Careers

A career as a commercial diver can be an exciting endeavor full of new experiences and challenges. Commercial Diving is a very large and diverse field and offers a wide range of opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in this industry, but before you decide to jump in to the world of commercial diving, it is important to understand all that commercial diving entails. Commercial diving has a very broad job description.  Commercial divers perform many different jobs including underwater construction, underwater inspection & repair, marine salvage, search and recovery, potable diving, diver dredging, and much more.  While some commercial divers and diving companies are qualified to perform many of these different duties, others choose to specialize in a particular facet of commercial diving such as offshore diving, inland diving, potable diving, or haz-mat diving.

Once you have a better idea of the duties that a commercial may perform on the job and have possibly narrowed down a specific type of commercial diving that you would like to pursue, you will need to choose an appropriate path to help you achieve your goal. The basic requirement to become eligible for employment as a commercial diver is obtaining the appropriate certification. The most basic level of certification is the Entry Level Tender/Diver certification which follows standards set by The Association of Diving Contractors International. This certification can be obtained in a fairly short amount of time but will likely require many hours of on the job training to achieve additional certification.

If you are interested in a more developed commercial diving education, an ACDE/ANSI accredited diving program may be more suited to helping you become a well-qualified commercial diver. The Association of Commercial Diving Educators and the American National Standards Institute have developed a curriculum standard known as the ANSI-1988 that must be met in order for a particular program to receive ACDE-accreditation. This accreditation surpasses the requirements established by the ADCI for the Entry Level Tender/Diver and the assigned curriculum is expanded to cover additional advanced diving principles such as diving first aid, decompression tables and procedures, mixed-gas diving, and more.

The path to becoming a commercial diver requires hard work, determination, and specialized training, but the reward can be plentiful for someone looking for an exciting, challenging career in life.  At Midco Diving & Marine, we are always looking for skilled, certified divers to join our team. If you are interested in learning more about a career as a commercial diver with us, visit our Employment page online at or give us a call at 1-800-479-1558.