How much does a public safety diver make?

What qualifications do you need to be a police diver?

Police divers need to have been police officers for at least two years before applying to become a diver. Divers are only required by police forces with an underwater search unit. They must pass fitness, medical and swimming tests.

How much are professional divers paid?

Typically the base pay can range within $50-60k a year and then is supplemented by per dive completed plus over time. It is expected that most first year divers, should make about $80,000 a year working at either Tassal or Petuna, depending on the amount of diving and overtime worked.

How much do scientific divers make?

You may work as a volunteer or get paid a respectable wage. In general, a science diver can expect to make between $25,000 and $30,000 U.S. A good place to begin your search for science dive jobs is the American Academy of Underwater Sciences or colleges and universities with a strong program in your science of choice.

How do I become a recovery diver?


  1. 12 years old or older.
  2. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another agency.
  3. Logged open water dive within the last 3 months, OR.
  4. Completion of the PADI ReActivate/Scuba Review course within the last 8 weeks.

Do fire departments have divers?

For more than five decades, the Los Angeles Fire Department has been a national leader in public safety diving. The LAFD Dive Team started in 1960 as a way to fight fires beneath wharfs, training firefighters in how best to use scuba gear and navigate the murky waters in, around and beneath wharfs.

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How do I become a paid diver?

Commercial Diving Career Requirements. The basic requirements for becoming a commercial diver include a high school diploma or equivalency, applicants must be 18 years of age and proficient in English, reading and writing. Applicants are also required to pass a diving physical and obtain a TWIC card.

How do I get a job as a diver?

Contact your local PADI Dive Center or Resort and to learn more about becoming a PADI Professional. Some dive shops host special events where you can meet local dive professionals and learn about their career path. You can also read interviews with people in a variety of full-time scuba jobs on our website.