n the summer 2013 I had come up with a rather ambitious plan. Create a documentary about one of the most strangest and mysterious professions that ever existed, the commercial diver. I knew little about making a documentary so I soon began doing my research. I poured over everything there was about making this happen.
Slowly and meticulously in an undramatic fashion, the commercial diver gets ready to enter the watery realm.
When the economy took a dump in 2008 many people were desperate to find jobs or change career paths. That being said, another resession is on its way. Some of those people were enticed by the ‘big pay’ of commerical diving. That search for the perfect job consisting of big pay with a challenging environment often led them to explore the option of becoming a commercial deep sea diver. This in and of itself is very understandable in that the diving industry can possibly provide these things and more.
“What the hell is that?” I remember him saying as I turned around to see a diver in a bluish wetsuit covered in tool dip.
How climate change will impact the commercial diving industry. How do you get BILLIONS of people to stop eating meat? How do you get them to stop driving cars or buying things made of plastic?
Commercial divers are also underwater burners.
While on a dive job at a nuclear plant in the Chicago-land area years ago the lead diver told me that this profession is anything but glamorous. He went on to say that the dive schools will lure you in with stories of travel, hordes of money and the benefits of not working a 9 to 5 job. There were also the divers who romanticized the industry with tales of all the aforementioned attributes while conveniently leaving out the mostly…
Do you remember the flood myth from the epic Gilgamesh? Or how about the Great Dayton Flood of 1913? The memories of most people are short indeed.
Being a commercial diver is hard enough on the ole’ pocket book as it is, so one must ask; Are you ready for the next recession? As a matter of fact, top economists that were surveyed are expecting one at the end of 2019 or in the first quarter of 2020. Make no mistake, the next recession is coming. The degree of which however is uncertain but whether it is mild or severe everyone should be prepared in order to…
The dive industry is cutthroat at best. There is no other way to describe it other than competitive and that would be an understatement. It seems much of the blame can be given to the dive companies and perhaps the dive schools that continue to pump out hundreds, maybe thousands, of newly certified divers per year. Unfortunately there is no easy solution for keeping the employment rate high and wages competitive for the working diver without creating a whole new…