The Commercial Diver Network
To be perfectly blunt, you're over the hill. Welcome to the club!
I'd be hugely suspect of any dive school willing to take someone's $$ once they've passed 35, they'd be knowingly taking your $$ with the full knowledge you're going to be for the most part probably be unemployable.
The Army Corps of Engineers retires their divers at 38.
Just about he only places that put a diver in the water that's over 40 is going to be inland, and unless you've got an appropriate skill set strong in construction & metal working, most dive ops won't be interested.
As Ace is hinting at in the prior post, your mileage may vary if you're highly skilled in whatever trade/s a particular company might be in need of, like having an engineering cert.
If you really want to go to dive school, hit Young Memorial down in Louisiana and save yourself $10,000 - $15,000.
Being in Florida could be seen as a liability; everybody & their uncle down there is a diver of some sort or another.
The worker's comp rate often exceeds the diver's wage, which adds a little more to the story.
No. You're too old. It's a young's man game. Those of us over 40 are supervising now. I still get wet when the puppies can't get it done, but it takes a bit longer to snap back. If you still want to go through with it all, then get a full blown diving physical. You can down load a copy from the ADCI website. It's gonna cost you several hundred dollars, but if you have a underlying condition you may not pass the pre-employment physical.
IF! you get a job offshore in the GOM. You will be taking orders from a 21 year old punk LT. Can you handle that!? I could go on and on but it's time to hit the rack.
Cheers from Bombay! Can't wait to get back to Texas for a real steak!
i was going to make fun of you b/c i figured you were a hoax, like seriously "kissimee"??
but then i looked it up and found out to top it off its just south west of a place called "yeehaw".
hahahahaha f***** hilarious
You may as well get it out of your system & get your commercial dive training for just $4600 at: http://www.scl.edu/diving (Young Memorial).
It's only $3600 for state (Louisiana) residents, and their residency requirements consist of either a state drivers license OR a vehicle registration, pretty easy items to fill.
Take the rest of your $15,000 & start that business as Mike suggested; also get certified for structural & state pipe welding, it'll help when it comes to getting those bridge inspection jobs (hint hint).