This is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, yet almost no one’s heard of it.
Underwater welding is an essential job, and it’s also one of the best-paying careers for divers.
But not just anyone can do it because this gig isn’t for the faint of heart.
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There’s a long list of dangers attached to underwater welding.
Divers face the risk of drowning, hypothermia, and electrocution.
To avoid the worst from happening, these divers have to be highly skilled at what they do.
In fact, this job takes years to master.
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On top of the dangers, underwater welders are required to work grueling hours.
In fact, it’s common for divers to work 60 to 80 hours a week to get a job done as quickly as possible.
These welders are responsible for all manner of jobs under the water’s surface.
They’re needed to repair marine structures like offshore pipelines, oil rigs, and even ships.
In order to do this job properly, they also need to wear specialized protective equipment.
Not only do they require protective helmets, but they must also wear special coveralls.
The helmet protects their faces during a welding job and also works to recycle their exhaled air.
Meanwhile, the coveralls are required to prevent any molten metal bits from hitting them and burning their skin.
Footage taken from these underwater jobs is mesmerizing.
Just check out these underwater flames just inches away from this diver’s face.
In another clip shared by @weldiver, you can see him jumping mere centimeters away from a massive ship.
He’s so close that he needs to steady himself against the ship in order to avoid hitting it.
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