Diving Back to the Past: The Beginnings of Commercial Diving

History of Commercial Diving

The long and rich history of commercial diving is probably one of its most distinct features. It started sometime in the 16th Century when people dive not only to explore the deep blue sea, but to venture it commercially. They understood the importance of underwater construction services, maintaining and repairing structures, recovering a lost cargo, and salvaging wrecks.

The Necessity

This career is fascinating and scary at the same time. After all, who would consider diving 700 feet below an unfamiliar location that is pitch black? Divers lived on curiosity, relied on their equipment and themselves to execute jobs that need great focus and expertise. This means that they had to undergo rigorous training as mechanics and welders, especially since welding is critical to their job. Their difficult responsibilities will include welding bridges and ships, as well as, fixing pipes.

To understand its importance, think about the Golden Gate Bridge that is the most well-constructed and beautifully built bridges in the globe. Most people are unaware that the commercial divers constructed it and are still in charge of maintaining it. They are responsible for the oil rigs, pipelines, bridges, and dams that need particular skills to resolve complex and challenging tasks involved.

The Categories

People back then already categorized commercial diving into nuclear, scientific, inland, and offshore diving. The commonly used categories for businesses are inland and offshore diving. This is where they concentrate on underwater maintenance and welding. This the reason a majority of commercial divers operates on busy ports around the globe, like the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Without the curiosity, skill and bravery of humankind to build structures underwater, you would not have the convenience that you are experiencing now. Even today, this career is still extremely valued, well paid and highly sought that universities cater to this need by nurturing future commercial divers.