"Underwater welders are divers first and welders second," says Cecil Thompson. He is a project supervisor with an underwater repair and construction company.
Thompson says welding is just one skill a commercial diver needs to find and keep work. "In all honesty, you'll want to have more in your back pocket than underwater welding," he warns.
If you can weld and perform a number of other underwater construction and survey duties, those in the field say this is a good time to be a commercial diver