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Yeah she was a German Sat diver. Hallin welcomed her with open arms and she was treated like a rockstar. I was on the DSV Ullswater with her. Personally, I found that she moaned a little too much about not getting enough sat time and the other divers said that she didn't pull her weight, but I am not sure if that was true or sour grapes.
Like a lot of the opinions here, I would have to agree; if they can do the job, then all power to them. I'm sure it's not an easy road though.
Know a few,and there getting it done...I rather be in the chamber with a chick then some smelly buffallloooo any day...
Only caught my eye because I was checking out my cDiver email and it was noted as one of the most popular discussions.
For starters, the OP is very general. There are all kinds of commercial diving besides Offshore. That means there are all kinds of jobs out there for a commercial diver.
When it comes to ANY job, diving, office, etc. you hope that the person will do a self a****sment. Why would a very intelligent individual want to work as a bag boy at a grocery store? Why would a dyslexic want to be cab driver? You find what your strengths are and take advantage of them. That? Is not a gender issue. Because each and every one of you has, I am sure, known 10 whiny weak boys for every 1 female that couldn’t cut her teeth at diving.
Having said that, I took a self a****sment, this may not apply to some tough girls out there. I knew I loved diving. I knew I loved working underwater. My first ever SCUBA instructor was a retired North Sea SAT diver. I knew from that moment that I would not be doing that kind of diving, even if I dreamed of it.
I cut my teeth as a diving instructor (as someone mentions in an earlier reply to this thread, as a possible career choice for a woman diver) for ten years in Asia and the Caribbean; over 500 dives a year on average and no one got hurt on my watch. That led to Cave diving. I noticed the more technical the job the more I liked it.
Being what I consider a relatively smart individual, but of small build (5'4" 118) I first tried the scientific route, but that was going to be a time and $$ drain and the end result ($$) was not going to be worth the effort.
So I walked into a Commercial Diving school and immediately singled out Nuclear diving.
Now, many of you tough, hardened sea dogs will think it’s silly work, but it still IS commercial diving. It’s work that would drive some of you nuts, but it is work that I loved. So my point, there is work for all kinds, all sizes, all intelligence levels (ok, not ALL levels). Find your niche, and be the best and gender should not matter.
I have peed in a bucket when working out on lake Michigan. When the company got a newer, better boat with a head, I missed MY bucket! I had no issues with using a bucket in a boat with no doors. Respect garners you some privacy in the end. I found ways to rig things so I could move a 300# dive rig without asking for help (that's brains, not brawn), and I was used for the inspection jobs that required an attention to detail some of the guys found boring or would miss the small stuff on. And to this day, the PM says no one has handled a scrubber like I did. So, I missed out on some tougher jobs, the other divers got that glory, but there was still plenty of work for me and I was not the weak link.
And now, I supervise diving and own the diving program of a nuclear power plant to a 6 figure salary. Use your brain and find you place, male or female. Most of all, love your job. I know I do.
The company now has another female diver, and she has more than carried her own weight for 6 years now. I have also seen quite a few come and go, the same way I have seen countless guys come and go.