Hard hats used to be virtually unknown. Right now, they’re creating a lot of buzz in the diving community. Divers in this field must know, in the most literal sense, how to put pipes together, check on them and weld them underwater! They have done this routine a hundred times over so that it has become as natural as brushing their teeth, but of course with an added difficulty. Before, divers were given a life span of 40+ years because of all the risks that they have to take underwater. Today, thanks to highly-innovative diving gear, accessories and safety tactics, hard hat diving is not considered as dangerous as before.
Many commercial divers want to go hard hat because it pays twice or even thrice more than other diving professions. But most certainly it isn’t for everybody. But if you already finished a commercial diver’s course and wanted a challenging and fulfilling career in diving, then hard hat might be what you’re looking for.
Here are three considerations you have to think about, before entering this new chapter in your life.
- Find out if your body can face the pressure of underwater diving. If you have ear troubles, asthma, and other heart or lung diseases, hard hat may not be for you. Remember, diving creates tremendous pressure on your body to perform at a more intense level than when you are on land.
- Navy or the Marines. Being in the Navy or Marines may better prepare you to take up hard hat as a career. Add to that your proficiency in logic, analysis and of course your ability to restore constructions, tubes, wired and metal frameworks, and you’re all set to go! It also helps if you thrive on discipline and imbibe a certain work ethic.
- Brush up on your diving skills. Find a reliable diving school in your area or if there aren’t any, rent an apartment or dorm near the school of your choice. Anyway, the most reputable diving schools in the US include the Ocean Corporation in Houston Texas, Commercial Diving Academy in Jacksonville Florida and Louisiana Technical College in Morgan Louisiana. Make sure to judge against school fees, services, certifications and possible job placements. A number of schools give away a lifetime’s worth of placement service, not a sales pitch to help their graduates land on their dream job.
- Research possible off shore destinations. Do the pipelines have a decal bearing the name "Gulf of Mexico" on the surface? A lot of oil and gas drilling take place in this area, so there are a number of job placements available here. Ask yourself if you are really prepared to pack your bags, leave your loved ones behind and live there for a year or so. If yes, then move on to the next tip.
- Sharpen your welding and repair skills. There are short courses available to make sure you won’t have unnecessary difficulties underwater. Prepare yourself for long hours of pipeline assessment, submerged welding, vessel scrutiny and tons of repairs.
Hard hat diving used to be unknown to the rest of the world. Thanks to reputable schools around the globe, it has stirred the curiosity of people from diverse backgrounds. With the right training, skills and attitude, hard hat diving is now within your reach!