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5 of the Most Important Things to Focus on During Dive Training
If you know you want to get into the commercial diving industry, one of your first stops will be to receive proper dive training and education at an accredited institution like CDA Technical Institute. The requirements to be admitted are simple:
• 18 years of age
• High School Diploma or GED
• Ability to swim
• Good physical health
• Ability to obtain a TWIC card
• Mechanical ability
• Strong work ethic
• Entrance interview
But once you get into school, what are some important things to focus on? Dive training tuition is an investment and you want to make the most of it.
1. Stay physically fit
Your body is going to be put to the test at CDA Technical Institute and you’ll need every ounce of strength to participate. A hangover from the night before or a bad diet that leaves you hungry before lunch is going to mean wasted lessons and missed information.
Muster is at six o’clock and then there’s a late breakfast and physical training, and then another muster a few minutes before eight. That’s a lot of activity before you even get into the water. And then you’re on your feet until colors promptly at 1700.
Go to sleep early when you can, make sure you’re eating three square meals a day, and keep the partying to a minimum when you have training the next morning. Stay hydrated.
Side note: physical fitness doesn’t just stop in dive training school. Potential employers also give preference to the healthiest applicants. Medical tests and physical exams can involve general physical fitness exams, hearing tests, vision tests, urine drug screen, and more.
2. Pay attention to safety procedures
Safety is often priority number one when it comes to hiring managers and it will definitely be the number one priority of your instructors. Make sure you’re familiar with OSHA and don’t shy away from volunteering for safety drills during your training.
3. Become familiar with your uniform
There are a lot of tools and equipment that the average underwater welder uses on a given day. You’ve got a diving helmet, a diving suit, umbilical cords, stingers, accessories, power supplies, and more. The functions of your suit will need to become second nature to you as you traverse dangerous situations in training and out in the field. Quick, confident decision-making is necessary for any diver.
4. Learn how to communicate
Effective communication is incredibly important on a dive. Learn the lingo quickly and practice communicating with someone who can only hear you and not see you. Do you tend to be a bit wordier than you need to be? Practice saying something as concisely as you can. Are you frequently saying “uh” or “well” or other words that just fill the space of what you’re trying to say? Try slowing down your speech and practice not saying those fillers. You’ll soon break the habit.
You’ll be surprised just how different communicating without the aid of seeing the other person (and them not being able to see you) really is. But if a problem arises on the job, the only way a solution is going to happen is if you’re an effective verbal communicator.
5. Connect with your instructors
Your instructors often have decades of experience out in the field and they’re invaluable in helping you land a job after school. They’ll give you tips on how to reach out to hiring managers, introduce you to companies with open positions, teach you how to talk during the job interview, and more. Take all the advice they’re willing to give.
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