As a commercial diver, nothing is more important than your gear. The right gear keeps you safe and ensures that you can do your job. The wrong equipment can slow you down, or worse. As one of the top commercial diving schools, Commercial Divers International trains you to use the right gear and supports you in choosing the best commercial diving equipment you will need as you go into the workforce.
Commercial diving companies may vary in the types of equipment they require. What we have listed here are the most common pieces of commercial diving gear used, approximate price range, and some of the considerations for each as well.
The type of gear you need will vary depending on the type of commercial diving you do. Bear in mind that you may also need hand tools, such as wrenches, sledgehammer, and torches. You may also need welding equipment. Oftentimes those tools are supplied by the employer, but you should always confirm that before starting a job. As a commercial diver, you may be required to take photographs, rig explosives, and conduct tests or experiments and you will need to either have that equipment or be experienced in using the gear supplied by your employer.
Your dive helmet will be your most important piece of equipment. It’s also likely to be your most significant investment. Good quality new helmets can often run between $5,000 to nearly $10,000, depending on brand and optional accessories. In addition to delivering your breathing gas, your helmet is your lifeline to the surface for communication, lights, and sometimes cameras so the surface crew can see how your work is progressing.
An exposure suit of some kind will be required on all commercial diving jobs. You will encounter different types depending on water temperature and other environmental factors. In addition to helping you deal with cold water temperatures, your exposure suit will protect you from scrapes and abrasions.
A wetsuit works by trapping a thin layer of water between your suit and your skin. Your body heat warms the water, so you lose less heat to the surrounding water. Wetsuits can run from $200 to $800 or more.
A drysuit works by sealing the water outside of the suit. You wear thick undergarments to provide the insulation to keep you warm. A good quality drysuit will cost from $1300 to $3500.
Hot Water Suit
A hot water suit is just what it sounds like, working to circulate hot water through your suit, expelling the hot water through a separate hose on your umbilical. You can expect to pay about $1700 for a hot water suit.
Your safety harness is what you are attached to through your umbilical. Costs for safety harnesses range from $150 to $300.
A weight belt is used to give you ballast to overcome your buoyancy in the water. A simple weight belt might cost as little as $9, while the most sophisticated weight harnesses can run as high as $900.
As a commercial diver, having quality gear could make all the difference in your level of safety on the job. If you have any questions about commercial diving equipment or our commercial diving programs, reach out to a member of our team today!