Company: Oceaneering
Skills: Diving
Education: High School/Secondary
Location: United Kingdom

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Position Summary

The Air Diving Supervisor is in charge of the planning and execution of the diving operation, including the responsibility for the safety and health of the dive team.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Apply HSE accountabilities and responsibilities
  • Manage operations and maintenance activities to minimise HSE risks and impacts
  • Manage functions in ways which maintain the safety and security of the dive team
  • Promote and ensure implementation of company safety management system
  • Manage emergency procedures
  • Lead and promote safety briefings
  • Lead the planning and preparation of risk assessments for all safety critical areas
  • Manage all activities to ensure safe continuity of work
  • Manage the operation of the hazard observation system
  • Manage:
  • HSE, project and vessel inductions including familiarisation training
  • HSE meetings
  • Provision for training (HSE)
  • Manage safe bell diving operations
  • Manage the safe operation of the dive control panel
  • Manage the safe deployment and recovery of Divers
  • Manage safe diving operations from DP vessels
  • Manage lost/trapped diver emergencies
  • Manage HES launch and evacuation
  • Manage diving and decompression operations in accordance with dive tables
  • Manage the implementation of dive plans
  • Maintain accurate logs of operations and incidents
  • Implement relevant IMCA and DMAC guidance
  • Accurately diagnose types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Follow relevant flowcharts to select initial treatment options/standard therapeutic treatment tables
  • Communicate with hyperbaric medical physician for essential specialist assistance
  • Supervise therapeutic treatments of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases in accordance with standard treatment tables
  • Supervise therapeutic treatments of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases in accordance with non-standard treatments as specified by hyperbaric medical physicians
  • Implement project emergency and contingency plans
  • Participate in all diving emergency drills and in-house familiarization
  • Manage a diving emergency
  • Supervise and operate emergency and back- up systems
  • Manage a diving emergency
  • Oversee operation of emergency and back-up systems
  • Respond appropriately to a diving emergency
  • Deliver dive system emergency familiarization training
  • Identify hazards to umbilical safety
  • Ensure safe management of divers' umbilical's
  • Manage dive operations safely within vessel- specific maneuvering/positioning restrictions
  • Manage safe diving operations from vessels
  • Deliver project performance requirements in accordance with the diving project plan
  • Ensure that all tools and subsea project equipment are maintained, stored and used in accordance with company requirements
  • Manage the safe operation of all tools and subsea project equipment
  • Support individual and team functions in ways which promote team working, trust and co- operation with colleagues and supervisors
  • Manage information, resources and personnel safely and effectively
  • Promote and implement company safety and quality management systems
  • Complete appropriate company documentation
  • Assign clear objectives and tasks to personnel in ways which ensure understanding
  • Facilitate and control daily meetings, project and safety meetings
  • Deliver effective handovers
  • Implement company management of change procedures
  • Provide opportunities for learning and practice
  • Develop personnel, and encourage peer mentoring to promote good practice and safe working for individuals and the team
  • Provide ongoing competence assessment of personnel under supervision
  • Promote a culture supportive of HSE matters, demonstrating visible and active HSE leadership
  • Communicate effectively with dive team, marine personnel and deck crew
  • Encourage personnel to raise issues or concerns calmly and to deal with matters promptly and appropriately
  • Support individual and team functions in ways which promote team working, trust and co- operation with colleagues and supervisors

Additional Duties
  • Maintaining the Company quality assurance and control philosophy on all operation and diving activities in accordance with the relevant standards and specifications, as required by the Client's representative(s) and procedural documentation;
  • Ensuring all operational/diving activities undertaken comply with the relevant legislative directives and are in accordance with the Company diving/operational manuals and safety memoranda;
  • Ensuring that the implementation, maintenance and documentation of a routine preventative maintenance/certification program regarding the diving system and support equipment is performed in accordance with safe working practice and relevant legislation;
  • Ensuring that system audits are reviewed on a regular basis.


Ensure that the Safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to so far as is reasonably practicable in order to ensure a safe working environment.


Carry out work in accordance with the Company Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Systems.

Perform the assigned tasks with due diligence regarding the Integrated Management Systems on the Company.

Eliminate waste of whatever form, to suggest the use of more environmentally friendly substances and practices and contribute to the continuous improvement of the environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position has direct supervisory responsibilities.

Reporting Relationship


  • Completed diver training to IMCA-recognised Surface diving qualification
  • Demonstrated competence as an offshore Air Surface diver (in accordance with IMCA C 003).
  • Completed and passed air diving supervisor training course
  • Acted as 'trainee' air diving supervisor on 10 offshore commercial air dives
  • Passed IMCA Air(surface) diving supervisor examination
  • Passed offshore medical suitable for geographical area of work
  • Passed offshore survival course suitable for geographical area of work
  • Has received training in aspects of leadership
  • Completed employer company familiarisation

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics
  • Personal safe working practices and safety procedures on-board the vessel and/or installation
  • All relevant legislation and guidance
  • Company safety management systems including incident reporting and investigation procedures
  • Factors which affect the safety and security of the dive team
  • Dive system and operation
  • Relevant emergency procedures
  • Risk assessment principles and procedures
  • Safety planning related to the preparation of diving project plans and project emergency response plans
  • HSE inductions, meetings and training procedures
  • Permit to work procedures
  • Management of change procedures
  • Company hazard observation system
  • Overall dive system configuration
  • Company procedures
  • Project/operational procedures and plans
  • Operation of the dive control panel
  • Dive plans
  • Dive tables
  • Gas analysis system including analyser calibration procedures
  • Gas resources and mixtures
  • Planned maintenance system (PMS)
  • IMCA guidelines including DESIGN
  • Workplace and environment conditions
  • Diving operations from dynamic positioning (DP) vessels
  • Relevant DMAC guidance
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Causes, signs and symptoms of decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Flowcharts used to select initial treatment options/standard therapeutic treatment tables for decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Standard therapeutic treatment tables used to treat decompression sickness and other types of dysbaric diving diseases
  • Operation and hazards of life support and gas reclaim systems
  • Project emergency and contingency plans
  • Fire and emergency drills relating to vessel- installation/systems/chambers
  • Procedures for:
  • emergency chamber abort
  • loss of communications/bell power/ hot water supply
  • loss of bell wire/umbilical/guide wire
  • lost/trapped bell
  • fire hazards/incidents
  • loss of air/gas
  • system failures, e.g. winch/ compressor
  • trapped/incapacitated diver procedures
  • loss of dive platform position
  • Principles of safe umbilical management including active tending
  • Identification of hazards
  • Maximum diver umbilical lengths
  • Excursion umbilical safety and excursion limits
  • DP systems and diving from DP vessels, including:
  • surface orientated diving from DP vessels (ref. IMCA D 010 - Diving operations from vessels operating in dynamically positioned mode)
  • pre-dive briefing
  • umbilical safety
  • diving in anchor patterns as outlined in IMCA D 010
  • DP operations with reference to shallow water diving
  • Conventional mooring systems and diving from conventionally moored vessels, including:
  • isolation of thrusters and other dangerous parts of ships
  • station keeping and moored systems
  • Marine safety principles
  • Permit to work
  • Minimum operating clearances
  • Position references
  • Mooring line adjustments and identification
  • Dive project plan and work procedures
  • Dive plans
  • Project equipment operating procedures
  • Safe operation of the following tools:
  • lifting equipment (cranes, slings, shackles, tirfors and chain hoists)
  • oxy-arc/thermal cutting equipment
  • HP water jetting equipment
  • grit blasting equipment
  • bolt tensioning equipment
  • hydraulic impact guns
  • hydraulic grinders
  • air lift bags
  • air lift/dredging equipment
  • mattress handling equipment
  • metrology equipment
  • Lift planning/rigging/slinging
  • People management principles, approaches and techniques
  • Company HR policies and procedures affecting personnel being supervised
  • Operational and project management principles, approaches and tasks
  • Company competence management system
  • Company safety and quality management systems
  • Company management of change procedures
  • Impact of training, supervision, support and coaching on the safety performance of personnel
  • Principles and techniques of competence assessment
  • Safety leadership behaviors and impacts on individual and team performance
  • Effective communication for individual and team safety covering dive, bridge, ROV and life support teams
  • Principles relating to engagement in company safety culture
  • Principles underpinning team working and interdepartmental co-operation
  • Importance of personnel identifying and speaking out about safety concerns
  • Principles of an open reporting culture
  • Ensures that regular consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility

Working Conditions

This position is considered OFFSHORE WORK which is characterized as follows.
  • Requires working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions.
  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Includes exposure to contaminants.
  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures.
  • Requires working in cramped work spaces and getting into awkward positions.
  • Requires working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions.

Physical Activity/Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position is considered HEAVY work.



  • Lift 50-100 pounds
  • Walk in confined work spaces, kneel, jump, run, work while lying on stomach/back, crawl and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands
  • Differentiate between colors
  • Wear PPE for skin protection
  • Eye protection
  • Steel/safety toed shoes/boots
  • Lift 25-50 pounds
  • Wear PPE for head, hands
  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach and lift/carry objects
  • Twist, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated
  • Work with arms extended below the waist, unsupported, elbows flexed, wrist supported and unsupported
  • Lift 10-20 pounds
  • Standing and walking
  • Wear PPE for body, vision and hearing protection

Closing Statement

We offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to advance in an international company. To apply, click 'Apply Now'.