Different types of scuba diving jobs
are determined by the level of certification achieved by a
diver, what kind of work environment they enjoy, and whether
they want a full-time or seasonal career. Those certified
as professional divers can lead recreational diving excursions,
own a scuba equipment store, assist science researchers in
collecting data, help in rescue efforts, or teach others how
to scuba dive. The most popular locations for year-round scuba
diving jobs are tropical vacation destinations such as the
Caribbean, Australia, or Mexico.
Most scuba divers start with a certificate from the
Professional Association of Diving Instruction (PADI),
an internationally recognized agency. Then they can step through
increasingly difficult certification programs, from an open-water
private diver to rescue diver, dive master, assistant instructor,
instructor, and master instructor. Each level opens up more
opportunities for scuba diving jobs. Some divers might specialize
in one area, such as deep-sea diving or underwater photography,
or combine diving with other skills, such as sailing a ship
or owning a small business.
One of many scuba diving jobs is owning or working at a dive
shop. This is a full-time career, in a coastal location, that
combines knowledge about equipment with enthusiastic customer
service and dedication to helping people of all skill levels.
Often, dive shops provide limited scuba diving instruction
on the weekends. Aside from getting benefits and a steady
salary, employees get to test out new equipment and organize
their own small excursions.
Popular scuba diving jobs are as scuba diving instructors.
These people direct and conduct courses for the general public,
or professional scuba divers, to teach them how to use their
equipment, proper underwater safety, and how best to enjoy
their trips. Often, instructors teach a quick course at the
beginning of a vacation, on a cruise ship or at a resort,
and then accompany a small group on a recreational dive. Dive
masters know how to navigate, check water conditions, and
assist divers with faulty equipment.
Researchers in oceanography and marine biology create scuba
diving jobs to assist them in collecting data. This type of
diver might have additional schooling that allows him or her
to identify and collect species, make detailed habitat observations,
measure current and temperature, etc. In marine science, field
workers might study endangered tortoises or coral populations.
In environmental science, they can work to protect ocean ecology
or better understand global warming.