The Few, The Elite; How to Become a Commercial Diving Supervisor

Posted: December 07th, 2017
Commercial Dive Training Programs,Commercial Diving,International Diving Institute

If you’re looking for a way to take your diving career to the next level, you may wish to consider become a commercial diving supervisor. It is vital that you possess the traits that make for a good Commercial Diving Supervisor. These include:

Leadership Skills
As a commercial diving supervisor, you’ll be responsible for the safety of every member of your team. This is a serious responsibility and cannot be taken lightly. Good commercial diving supervisors must be able to lead a team and ensure that all safety regulations are adhered to properly.

Communication Skills
Commercial diving assignments always require teamwork. As the leader of this team, a commercial diving supervisor must be able to effectively communicate with every member of the team and to ensure that there is never a miscommunication between the members of the team: those who are diving and those who are top-side.

Commercial diving is not a career where you can rely on working Monday through Friday from 9 to 5. Commercial diving supervisors must be willing to work long hours and, at times, travel far from home for their work.

A Sense of Adventure
Commercial diving supervisors must be able to embrace adventure. You’ll certainly never be bored, and you must maintain alert and ready to react appropriately to the situations that each day as a commercial diving supervisor will bring you.

In addition to having a supervisor-ready mindset, you’ll need to follow the steps below in order to become a certified Commercial Diving Instructor.

Gather Commercial Diving Experience
You are required to have at least 3 years’ experience as a Commercial Diver and have completed a minimum of 100 surface supplied dives before you can begin to train as a supervisor.

Enroll In and Complete a Supervisor Training Course
You’ll need to complete a course of study and receive proper accreditation before you can begin work as a commercial diving supervisor.

Log Supervised Time via a Course Practical
Once you have completed your training course, you’ll need to log a minimum of 16 surface supply dives while acting as a diver supervisor under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor. You’ll also need to supervise a minimum of 3 mock or sham incidents involving decompression sickness, burst lung syndrome, and lost diver scenarios, all while under the direct supervision of a qualified supervisor.

If you think you have what it takes, a career as a Commercial Diving Supervisor may be right for you.  Your first step is to become a certified Commercial Diver and gather real-world experience.  After 3 years, you’ll be ready to enroll in a Diving Supervisor Training Course, such as the DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Supervisor Program here at the International Diving Institute. At IDI, we’ll get you the training you need and you can be confident that you’ll get the experience you need. Register today and start building your career!