Can scuba diving bring you enough income for a living?

Having a hobby is one thing. Turning a hobby into a well-paid job is another. Almost any hobby can become a real job. Just name it – writing, photographing, painting, fishing. Even scuba diving falls in that list but as the first place on the list.

Yes, scuba diving. Have you ever scuba-dived before? Is scuba diving your hobby? Are you the type of person that can’t imagine his life without exploring the vastness of the deep ocean waters? If your answer is yes, keep on reading this article because there are many ways on how to turn your scuba diving hobby into a professional career.

But before I proceed, I have to mention that there are certain kinds of risks regarding scuba diving. Those risks include decompression sickness, arterial air embolism, nitrogen narcosis, and worst of all drowning. Therefore, always ask for professional advice before taking any steps – because with proper training all of these risks can be prevented from happening, or at least their chance of occurring can be reduced to a minimum.

Treasure Hunting 

For this type of job, you don’t have to become certified through a renowned organization. You can start whenever you want and do it for as long as you want. All you need is one super magnet that would, hopefully, lead you to lost valuable objects and artifacts of great historical importance. But don’t rejoice ahead of time because more than 90% of everything you find will be nothing but metal junk. At any rate, some people even manage to earn a living only by collecting went-astray golf balls from the bottoms of rivers neighboring golf courses and fields. It may sound strange, but it’s a verifiable fact.

Military Divers

Now, I have to mention that this type of job, like many other scuba diving jobs, doesn’t include full board accommodation in the warm Caribbean waters. On the contrary, most often than not, you’ll have to dive in a dark, cold, and unrelenting water. But first of all, you’ll have to meet the requirements, which only a few from a three dozen do. Then you’ll have to pass the back-breaking training. And, only after that would you be allowed to start working. There are so many types of things that military divers do. From ship maintenance underwater to searching for missing bodies in turbid rivers.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor M. Smith/Released)

Water Parks and Aquariums 

This type of job doesn’t require any military training. It’s a peaceful and pleasant job. Here you can work as an entertainer surrounded with many kinds of marine fish, performing in a glass aquarium in front of an audience. Sometimes the water parks’ owners even ask the scuba divers to dress as mermaids; and thus, entertain the younger population.

Science and Research Divers 

Have you ever wished to go so deep into the ocean where hardly anyone dares to go? Have you ever wished to explore something as important as the sinking of the RMS Titanic? If you have, then this is the type of job you’re looking for. Research centers, including colleges, sponsored agencies, and universities do a variety of fieldworks in the ocean waters; from taking pictures to finding wrecks and exploring historical events.

Commercial Divers 

Commercial scuba diving is a very recognized thing nowadays. Besides, this type of scuba diving is encompassing many areas where a scuba diver could work. It’s true that commercial divers usually work offshore for oil and gas companies. But they can also work in construction,engineering, photography, exploration, and even welding.  Nevertheless, the annual salary of scuba divers ranges from $34.000 to $120.00 – depending on the experience the scuba diver has.

Can scuba diving bring you enough income for a living and be a real job for you ? Think about it. 

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