Last Updated on February 13, 2021 by Diver Dan
Looking for diving jobs?
If you are looking for a scuba diving job then there are many different avenues you can take when pursuing one. Would you like to work in the warm tropical waters or in cold freshwater canals? Are you interested in hanging with people who are relaxed on vacation or working in dark, murky waters for a search and rescue team?
If you are not a certified diver, then you can be in about six months time. On the average new dive instructors that work at resorts will make around $20k, while the median salary for commercial divers is about $50k+, and the top percentage of that group making upwards of $90k.
If you are just getting started you might want to be a dive instructor which you can do anywhere around the world while you gain experience before moving on to another dive career. Start by checking resorts in the cities or countries you would be interested in. Check dive shops, not only will they have jobs they will know about ones in their area as well. You can also look into working on large cruise ships or privately owned yachts.
If you would like to work for yourself and make your own schedule think about freelancing. This is where you subcontract your services for a commission or percentage. You can look for work at marinas or work with dive shops during their busy season to help with overflow. Freelancing allows you to work anywhere around the world, but with a changing schedule and sporadic work, this may not be for everyone.
Check this link for freelance information:
You can also be independent, which is different from freelancing because you run your own classes, set your own prices and schedule.
Commercial diving is predominantly offshore divers for the oil and gas industry but can also include some of these options:
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Marine Construction
- Marine Conservation
- Civil Engineering
- Nuclear Diving
- Water, Power & Communications
- Scientific Diving
Websites of scuba diving job listings: