Underwater welder says there’s always risk when training new divers – What We Know!

In response to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Workplace, a person in his 40s who was a scholar at business diving faculty CDA Technical Institute drowned Thursday within the Trout River whereas doing low visibility underwater welding coaching.

Alex Pierce, who’s an underwater welder, says this job may be tough and considerably harmful.

“So you would have, you recognize, 60-70 kilos on you, if you’re on the floor,” he mentioned. “You don’t actually really feel it as a lot if you’re underwater, however it might probably positively get difficult, particularly when you’re vulnerable to being like claustrophobic or like conditions you could instantly take your self out of.”

In response to the incident report, the coed diver advised instructors by his radio that his dive helmet was filling with water.

He was advised to attempt to vent the water by his masks, however then stopped speaking, and was discovered unresponsive. CPR efforts had been unsuccessful.


Pierce mentioned there’s sometimes one thing divers can do when water fills up their masks.

“So you might have a valve,” he mentioned. “And it additionally this will depend on which form of helmet you’re utilizing. However a lot of the guys, the US has some kind of a valve the place you may enhance the circulate of air into your helmet. So if there’s water filling up in your helmet, you may flip the valve on, press the air, presses the water out. And it additionally recirculate the air simply to get contemporary air like when you’re hyperventilating or one thing like that.”

Pierce says underwater welding is used on loads of buildings.

“I’ve performed every thing from hydroelectric dams,” he mentioned. “, inspecting just like the gates and changing the gates even that enable the water to enter hydroelectric dams to spin the massive generators. I’ve labored on the amusement parks in Orlando Common Studios and a few at Disney doing inspections on like their pumps that pump water up into their water rides.”


The institute says on its web site that it’s a absolutely accredited diving program with on-campus housing with programs for business diving coaching lasting 4 months.

The course that the person was in is superior, which means he would have had some earlier diver coaching.

The reason for the drowning was not instantly identified. No foul play is suspected.

Pierce says there’s a lot that may go unsuitable if you’re underwater welding.

“So by and enormous, I’d say it’s fairly secure,” he mentioned. “However you recognize, you’re working with gases, with tubes (and hoses). There’s all the time the danger. And also you’re coping with loads of strain. So you may’t, if one thing’s unsuitable, like I used to be saying earlier, you may’t simply instantly shoot to the floor.”

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