Onshore construction diving is a broad sector involving a variety of tasks and work locations. The term ‘onshore/inshore’ refers to diving work that is undertaken close to the shore or inland in freshwater dams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and tanks, in depths of up to 50m.
The main thing that separates it form ‘offshore diving’ is that the latter is generally more sophisticated, conducted in direct support of the offshore oil and gas industry, undertaken in offshore waters and generally entails working under a different legislative regime that is more stringent and demanding.
Onshore construction diving does not include aquaculture, science diving, inspection diving or search and recovery diving. It does include any diving that is undertaken to assemble, construct, demolish, dismantle, install, clean, inspect, maintain, remove, repair, salvage, sample, search for, photograph, film, video or make a sound recording in relation to:
The ADAS Part 2 (SSBA to 30m) certification is the minimum required for onshore construction work, however, the ADAS Part 3 (SSBA to 50m) is an advantage.
The onshore construction diver may be required to perform a diverse range of tasks depending on the job. These may include:
As with other kinds of diving, the overall responsibilities of onshore construction diving are:
Difficulties that come with onshore construction diving may be working in adverse weather, cold water, contaminated water, low visibility, currents or water flow, and the frustration of working in these kinds of conditions.
The rewards in this field are the enjoyment of working as a team, the satisfaction of achieving a goal and being engaged in diverse, interesting and challenging work. The work is hands-on and requires only minimal paperwork. Each day is different with scope to develop and use a very wide range of skills and involving travel to different locations. Earning capacity is quite high for minimal training. While the remuneration for onshore construction work is generally less than offshore construction work, the chance to go home at the end of the work day is a big advantage for many divers.
The minimum prerequisites to enrol onto an ADAS Part 2 training course include:
All industry standard diving equipment is used as is a range of hydraulic and pneumatic power tools, welding, cutting equipment and lift bags. Training will include a range of environments, including in low visibility and the training environment will reflect a working diving contractor as much as possible.
The duration of Part 2 training course is four weeks. Divers starting out in the industry can do a combined Part 1, Part 2 course which runs for eight weeks.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the ATEs for enrollment details, training schedules and course fees.
The offshore construction diving section of this site provides more information about Part 3 (SSBA to 50m) training.
After gaining an ADAS Part 2 (SSBA to 30m), a diver may choose to move into a number of different fields such as:
Thanks to Des Walters of Pressureworx for contributing to this web page.