To work as a commercial diver, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete a formal training program; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Many divers learn their skills through formal training programs. A few professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer commercial diving programs. In these programs you learn to dive, drive boats, and make marine repairs. You also learn about welding, drafting, and marine biology. Training is also available at special diving schools.
Some companies train divers on the job. Training can last up to a year. Companies usually hire people who already know how to dive.
Some branches of the military train people to be divers. Training lasts five to 13 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.
The military also trains a select group of people to be in the special forces. Training for this group lasts about two years.