Underwater divers

Duties and tasks

  • Taking safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths, and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin
  • Checking and maintaining diving equipment such as helmets, masks, air tanks, diving suits, harnesses and gauges
  • Descending into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits
  • Working under water to lay and repair bridges, piers and harbour-wall foundations
  • Inspecting for suspected damage and making minor repairs to ships' hulls and underwater installations
  • Reporting on the condition of wrecked ships
  • Removing underwater obstructions
  • Drilling holes for underwater blasting
  • Performing various underwater tasks connected with salvage work or recovering dead bodies
  • Gathering shellfish, sponges and other aquatic life forms
  • Communicating with workers on the surface while under water, using signal lines or telephones
  • Obtaining information about diving tasks and environmental conditions

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