ITDA Group Occupational Diving


About Occupational Diving

Occupational Diving covers any diving activities where a person is considered at work or employed in diving activities.

Many divers with Sports Certifications are actually breaking the law in many Countries as they are not engaged in sports or recreational diving but deemed in some Countries to be “Commercial Diving”. This may seem confusing so we offer a clear definition below.

Any aspect of diving operations not directly associated with recreational diving, as Sports or Technical Diving activities and where divers are paid for services as income or in kind, is generally considered to be “AT WORK” Diving and therefore “Occupational”.

These types of diving activities generally offer a much greater degree of risk of death or serious injury then recreational diving and as such, sports and technical divers should seek “Specialist Training”, for working diving activities and projects. Also employers may be breaking the law by allowing NON Qualified and uncertified divers to operate.

Occupational Diving is defined as in-Land or In-Shore, diving for paid employment or personal gain. Commercial diving is also In-Land and In-Shore but also Offshore.

Both In-Land and In-Shore Divers are required to meet international standards for Commercial diving Operations even though diving tasks can often fall into both categories of Occupational and Commercial Diving. Technically ONLY “Commercial Diving” Refers to “OFF-SHORE DIVING”.


Types of At Work Diving.


Boat cleaning on Scuba – anti-fouling – collecting scallops and snails – ship maintainance (Below the waterline) and many, many more.

Training & Certification Levels

We offer training and certification for the following levels:

  • General Diver – Occupational Diver (OD Level 1) – Boat Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Silo Cleaning and Maintenance / Hazmat / Anti-Fouling / Collecting (Scallops) etc.
  • OD Level 2. – Working with Tools Underwater – Intro to Hardhat
  • OD Level 3. – Working with SSA and Comms / Full Face and Hardhat
  • Construction Diver Levels 1 to 3 – UW Welding & Cutting
  • UW Inspection and Diving Operations Supervisor
  • In-Land and In-Shore Occupational Certifications
  • Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
  • Dive Medic First Aid
  • Level 3. Off Shore Programs coming soon.

In addition to those levels above Occupational Diving also covers:

  • Public Safety Diving
  • Professional Rescue
  • Research & Scientific Diving

These are also ITDA Group International Certification Levels in their own right.

Standards Development


Our International Standards are based on those of both UK HSE and of ADAS and regional variations may apply as required by National Laws. Various training Organisation that we work with have national accreditation for our Training and Standards. ITDA Group International are a Training and Certification Agency we are NOT a Standards Awarding Body. Standards are focused on personal and project safety and covering the following guidelines, plus much more.

  • Risk Assessment & Safety
  • Dive Planning & Emergency Procedures
  • Accident Management and First Aid
  • Physics and Physiology Related to Diving
  • Specialist Equipment and Use
  • Hardhat – Full Face Mask and UW Communications
  • Video and ROV Surveillance and Inspection
  • Advanced Decompression
  • Use of Scuba to 30m/100ft and advanced to 50m/165ft.
  • SSA Surface Supplied Air (Umbilical) to 30m/100ft and Advanced Levels
  • Hyperbaric Operations
  • Operational Environmental Hazards

Course Programs are from two(2) Weeks to three (3) Months and may be divided into smaller certification modules, specialist certification programs based on your requirements to help you to budget or to obtain funding.

All course programs at this level are full time residential training Programs.


How can I become an Occupational Diver?


You will need to be at least equal to an ITDA Group Rescue or Advanced Diver, or PADI Dive Master or Master Diver, or equal level from any agency. You can then apply for training at one of our associate, approved training establishments available from: admin@diveitda.org


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