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Divers carry out a range of tasks underwater, either inshore (such as rivers or lochs) or offshore (sea and ocean), depending on the type of diving and what industry they work in. This could include engineering, marine science, recreational or armed services.

In Scotland, most professional divers work offshore, primarily in the oil and gas industry.

The Work

There are four types of commercial diving:

As a diver in the offshore oil and gas industry, you could be:

Divers work in various other fields as well as in the oil and gas industry. Their duties vary, in some cases, diving is only a small part of the job, in others, it is a major part.


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries vary considerably, depending on:

Divers salaries vary greatly depending on the type of work you do. Some divers are paid a daily rate.

Inshore divers carrying out unskilled work can earn around £100 to £120 a day. On average, they work around 180-200 days a year. However divers working regularly on offshore wind projects can earn up to £100,000 a year.

Offshore divers in Scotland can earn around £600 a day. On average, they work around 120-150 days a year.

Experienced saturation divers working offshore can earn £1,500 a day or more.

Police and Armed Forces divers salaries are in line with salaries for these organisations. See their websites for further details.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be:


Getting On

More Information

You can find out more information about diving at the Scottish Sub-Aqua Club website.


Courtesy of Police Scotland


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Energy Institute
Tel: 020 7467 7100
Twitter: @EnergyInstitute

Tel: 01224 787800
Twitter: @OPITOGlobal

OPITO provides services to the oil and gas industry relating to health and safety, education and skills training.

Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
Tel: 0203 405 9035
Twitter: @SUT_news

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