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Life under the Sea: Another New Frontier

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

There’s no doubt space holds many secrets yet to be discovered. But there is a another treasure mine that lies here within our own earth: the ocean.

A World of Oceans: The Known and The Unknown

You may have heard that oceans cover over 70% or 2/3 of our planet’s surface.

You may have even read about the Mariana Trench. At 36,200 feet below the surface, it’s the deepest part of the ocean and is found in the Pacific.

For those who don’t work in feet, that’s almost 8 miles straight down! Not a place to drop your wedding ring that’s for sure!

And in all this vast world of water, only 5% has been explored by scientists.

That means there is still a WHOLE lot of the seas that remains yet to be seen.

Findings in the Great Unknown

Oceanographer Gene Feldman recently pointed out  that “we have better maps of the surface of Mars and the moon than we do the bottom of the ocean. We know very, very little about most of the ocean.”

With so much yet to be uncovered, divers have the unique opportunity to experience places unseen by most of the world.

Man Made Discoveries

In recent years, underwater excavators discovered ancient ports that were built by Julius Caesar. These 2,000 year old ports are providing archeologists with more information than most sites on land because of how well the structures were preserved underwater.

Divers have also found vast prehistoric underwater graves in Madagascar and entire cities off the coast of Greece.

In August 2017, explorers found the USS Indianapolis, a sunken WWII ship whose location had been a mystery for 72 years.  Paul Allen’s company was able to use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to uncover the ship at over 18,000 feet underwater.

Natural Phenomenons

These amazing man made discoveries gave us access to the past.

But scientists are also uncovering many natural mysteries.

In 2017, a new species of fish was reported living in the deepest part of the ocean. The Mariana Trench was believed to be too deep to house any living thing. But nature defied and astounded scientists when they discovered the Mariana snailfish.

From new fish species to unexplored craters to entire continents underwater, the ocean is an enticing place for those with an adventurous spirit.

And much of these explorations and discoveries are being done by ROVs.

Unique Diving Opportunities

If you want to be a part of these great adventures, commercial diving training is the perfect place to start. One of the amazing things about becoming a commercial diver is that you may be the first to see parts of the ocean that no one else has yet seen.

You may be working on a new construction project, salvaging an Russian submarine, or out searching for next great find. It’s these men and women that are making, and finding, history.

Potential Careers

Once they dive into their careers, graduates get a real taste of the vast and diverse world that awaits them under the ocean.

Some of the potential careers for commercial diving graduates includes salvage diving, scientific diving, ROV pilot, and nuclear diving.

Salvage

Salvage diving is a big draw for many new graduates. Salvage divers help recover structures that have sunk or fallen in the water. Helping to salvage high profile wrecks such as the USS Indianapolis drive many divers into their profession .

ROV

Another job commercial divers might find themselves doing from land is piloting an ROV.  ROV pilots are in charge of operating unmanned vessels that explore, salvage, inspect, and do many of the same things divers do, but at much deeper depths than divers can go.

Saturation

Saturation diving may be the most dangerous kind of commercial diving, but it is also the most exciting and intriguing.  

Keys To Unlocking New Discoveries

In order to go to places that have never been explored before, scientist must uncover new ways to get divers there.

Helping Divers Go Deeper

Engineers around the globe are constantly striving for new ways to improve the life of commercial divers.

Sadly, they still have not managed to devise a way to help divers scratch a nose itch with their helmet on or to make food taste better while in a pressure chamber.

However, the technology used in saturation diving has come a long way and is now much less dangerous than it was in decades past. Compression chambers, diving bells, and other elaborate life support systems that make saturation diving possible.

Autonomous Vehicles at 35,000 Feet

ROVs are pulling from new technologies in autonomous vehicles to make them precise and efficient. From self-driving technology to improved visuals and control programs, the ROVs use has recently exploded and opened up sea exploration to a whole new depth.

Education is Everything

The path to exploring the ocean is no passive one. Wherever a diver might want to end up, training is everything. That’s why Divers Institute of Technology provides top quality education and training that divers can take with them everywhere.

 

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