How much does a diver earn

Industrial divers: Workplace on the construction site - under water

Let's be honest: the job of an industrial diver is far from romantic. As a rule, they do not see their hands in front of their eyes when working in docks, flooded excavations or underwater construction sites. They often move in very cold water at temperatures that the diving suits cannot withstand. And it is not uncommon for them to risk their lives. Because not only the risk of an accident threatens under water, but also long-term health risks from the constant pressure load when diving.

The professional divers get around a lot, because their workplace is wherever there is construction and repair - just under water. However, the ability to dive alone is not enough. Industrial divers usually have to have trained as a bricklayer, welder, carpenter or similar and have several years of professional experience before they can take the advanced training as a professional diver.

The training usually lasts two years, takes place in a diving training company and comprises over 300 specialist lessons and around 200 diving hours. In addition to diving basics (e.g. diving medicine, handling diving equipment, working under water), professional divers must also have basic technical knowledge of working equipment and master the law. In addition, there are technical drawings and calculations. Professional divers also have to reckon with around 10,000 euros in training costs, which they usually have to bear themselves. In return, the future income prospects are above average. Salaries of around EUR 10,000 gross monthly and more are the rule.

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Because working underwater is backbreaking work, professional divers must be in good health. Specifically, this means that you need a medical certificate from diving medicine (the so-called G31 examination). The certificate is a basic requirement for practicing the profession and must be renewed every year. The German DLRG bronze lifeguard badge is also one of the requirements that professional divers must bring with them. Detailed information is provided by the Ordinance on the examination for the recognized qualification of certified diverwhich has existed in Germany since 2000.

And although advanced training to become a professional diver is possible from the age of 21, the majority of diving companies are happy to accept older applicants. They have a few years of work "in the country" under their belts before they go underwater. Very varied activities await there, because every place of work is different. In addition to docks, excavations or dams, professional divers are also used in dams and offshore on oil platforms and in wind farms on the high seas.

The industry has a lot of potential because there is a need for skilled workers. In addition to the good job prospects and excellent earning opportunities, which vary slightly depending on the employer and location, there is, however, a big downside: The job is one of the most dangerous and physically demanding in this country. In addition, industrial divers are often absent from home for long periods of time.

  • Salary: salaried professional divers start with at least 2,500 euros gross per month, often more. Those who work a lot and / or have special assignments and locations can earn up to 10,000 a month.
  • Working hours: The working hours for industrial divers depend on the employer and location. For example, anyone who is offshore on an oil rig works there for 14 days and then has 14 days off.
  • Training: For the two-year training as a professional diver you need a successfully completed professional training, several years of professional experience, must be at least 21 years old and have the necessary health requirements.