Chris Brooks

July 09, 2018 2 min read

Chris Brooks

Since graduating I have mainly been working in the South Island of New Zealand. Some of the places I have worked and tasks I have undertaken include the Tekapo Ohau Canal, installing a flow meter for Meridian Energy at Pukaki Ohau Canal, Lake Wakatipu, installing a depth guage for ski field operations at Lake Alta, installing a stilling pond at Lake Aviemore (Aviemore Dam), swam into the turbine chamber and opened stuck drain valve and removed and replaced the Ddm intake screens at Lake Waitaki (Waitaki Dam) and assisted with a NIWA survey at Ravensdown Wharf in Dunedin harbor. I have also inspected ships and assisted with the removal of rig pilot vessel by crane at Port Chalmers, worked on the waste water pipelines that run off St Kilda and Waldronville and undertaken ship inspections, salvaged a gold dredge at the Earnscleugh gold mine and hull cleaning and searched for lost equipment and machinery at Timaru Port.

The Dive Master training at Dive Otago has helped me a great deal with my commercial diving career. It has provided me a lot more confidence in many different situations, especially working in tight places underwater and in zero visibility. It taught me to trust my gear and provided me with the skills to look after it properly so that it looks after you.

The team building side of my Dive Master training has been invaluable in the commercial diving industry. A huge amount of trust is necessary in this industry and completing a dive job requires every team member to work together. You need to trust your whole team from your colleagues on the surface who look after your breathing gas and the power for the underwater tools, to the person driving the crane that gets you in and out of the water and even the person that gets you a warm drink after a long dive.The communication skills that I learnt during my time at Dive Otago have also been extremely important. Even in good underwater conditions, it can be really hard to provide updates to the team on the surface. I learnt from my Dive Master training to stay calm and talk slow and clearly because miscommunication with the surface can mean an injury to myself or my work mates. My job has taken me all around the South Island region which has been great.



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