How to be a certified Diver- path to be a underwater welder

Underwater welders (mostly needed Offshore or let say welding underwater in the sea) are commercial divers who combine their commercial diving skills with their welding knowledge to complete a wide range of construction projects. They are trained well individuals having both commercial diving and welder qualifications to perform diving and welding tasks. This post explains how to get certified as an underwater welder, the salary of an underwater welder, and the chances of getting a job in underwater welding and other related roles.

Who is a Certified Diver

A Diving certification also known as C-card is a document (A credit card-sized plastic card) showing that an individual or organization authorized to do so, “certifies” that the holder of the card has completed a course of training as required by the card issuing authority. A certified diver is assumed to have the skills and level of knowledge required for underwater diving. All certified divers need to keep a record of qualification or C-Card that is required to show their qualification during an interview or booking for diving or filling diving cylinder or making a trip for diving, taking scuba equipment on rent as well as looking for a job.

Conditions for a Certified Diver

A basic requirement for further training to become an underwater welder according to DVS®-EWF guideline 1186 is to pass the professional diver exam .

Training to become a professional diver in Germany is professional training (not initial training). It concludes with an examination that is regulated in the “Ordinance on the examination for the recognized qualification of certified diver” (TauchPrV, published in Federal Law Gazette I No. 8 of March 8, 2000, page 165ff) and before an industrial and Chamber of Commerce is filed.

The training takes place in a diving training company (with a permanently employed master diver). It usually lasts 2 years and includes 320 hours of technical instruction and approx. 200 hours of diving.

Requirements for applying to the diving training company are usually (the training company will advise on details):

  • Minimum age 21 years
  • Completed training in a craft profession or comparable professional practice according to certain specifications
  • Medical certificate (so-called G31 examination, repeated annually) from a diving doctor
  • German lifeguard badge in bronze of the DLRG.

Structure of the training

The advanced training course includes, among other things, training courses (see Annexes 3 and 4 of the TauchPrV):

  • Basics (technology, handling, technical calculation / drawing, legal regulations)
  • Diving medicine
  • Legislation
  • Application knowledge
  • DVS® course E1 (MMA welding in atmosphere) and testing according to DVS® guideline 1111. You can contact GSI SLV Hanover for further information.

Who is Underwater Welder?

Underwater welders are responsible for installing and repairing pipelines and rigs, often relating to the oil and gas industry. Advanced skills in scuba diving are necessary for this position, and these welders should also be certified as commercial divers, which can be done by attending a specialized commercial diving school. Certification as a welder is also necessary, as well as knowledge of both dry and wet welding.

Underwater welders must have advanced knowledge of commercial diving equipment and wet and dry welding tools and techniques; other important skills include underwater photography, welding inspection, cutting, and fitting. Inspection skills are also important to assess jobs after they have been carried out. These welders may spend weeks or months away from home, as jobs are sometimes stationed on oil rigs, and inspection skills are also important prior to beginning jobs in order to assess damage and what must be fixed. In fact, much of the job is spent analyzing and preparing for the actual welding.

Steps to be a Underwater Welder

  1. First get your high school diploma or G.E.D. (12 years).
  2. Gain experience and certification in welding field with the welding process required for certification (2-5 years).
  3. Apply to a commercial dive school and pass their physical exam (1 month).
  4. Earn certifications to increase your welding and commercial diving skill set (5 – 18 months).
  5. Obtain a commercial diving position through experience and networking (1 – 12+ months).
  6. Perform underwater welding in a professional environment.

Training & certification cost for underwater welder program

To be a commercial diver, an individual needs to invest financially for the required certification. The costs are quite high for a diver certification but can be covered by the companies as well as from state grants. A summary of various cost associated with being certified divers certification are::

  • Tuition fees
  • Registration Fees
  • Accomodation and travel
  • Books / Equipment
  • Dive Physical

It is good to locate a nearby diving training center to get the best advice on real cost which can vary from country to country.

Job roles of an Underwater Welder

Underwater welders use special tools and procedures to fabricate, cut, weld and repair steel structures under the water. welding works on bridge, offshore structure and other applications requiring working with steels mainly. While job duties differ between employers and welding applications, most underwater welders are responsible for:

  • Fitment, cutting and tacking for fabrication
  • Performing Photography for underwater structures for assessment
  • Inspectionand testing of the underwater welding structures to check integrity and safe operation
  • Tack and full Welding to underwater structure, supports & repair activities
  • Support project & quality department on project progress.
  • Ensure and provide safe operation support for underwater applications.
  • Guide and train new welders, provided safety tour

Average salary and job prospects for a underwater welders

Submerged welding may be a specialty field that requires a part of mastery, so you may likely hold other related titles along the way as you secure mastery. Commercial jumpers gain an normal of $65,640 per year as per information accessible on For all of these career ways, your winning potential can alter between managers, and may shift based on your encounter and accreditations as well as the area and profundity of the plunge.

Underwater welding is a specialist area that needs a lot of expertise, so an underwater welder holds additional skills such as underwater diving, first-aid & electrical safety, etc. Commercial divers make an average of $65,640 per year as per data available on For all of these career paths, your salary potential can vary between companies and can change based on your experience and qualification certifications as well as the location and diving depth.

Apart from the above,

The salary of an underwater welder depends on many factors. Such as. 

  • Experience
  • The location & country of the dive
  • Diving depth
  • The employer
  • Fixed job or contract job.

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