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As a Mine Clearance Diver, you’ll be part of a close-knit team of five or six, based either on shore or on board one of our highly sophisticated mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels. Your main job is to identify mines and other explosives, whether in shallow water or attached to the hull of a ship, and get rid of them, which might mean blowing them up. As well as modern technology, you could be called on to dispose of old mines from the Second World War dragged up in a trawler’s nets. You’ll also be trained to use hydraulic and pneumatic tools and shoot video, while working at your maximum depth of 60 metres. This will allow you to carry out major engineering jobs on your ship’s propeller or hull if needed. It’s a highly skilled, physically tough job that demands a lot of you, but gives a huge amount back in return. In return for the demanding nature of the job once qualified, you are rewarded with extra pay starting at £4.24 per day. This could increase to £32.72 per day plus other financial supplements as you progress throughout your career.
If you join the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer, you can choose to sub-specialise as a Minewarfare and Clearance Diving Officer once you have completed your Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate and have been recommended by your Commanding Officer. This is a physically demanding, elite and incredibly satisfying career, offering you the chance to gain responsibility at a very young age and progress to Command quickly. You could be second in command of a Mine Counter Measures Vessel by the age of 24 as well as acting as the Diving Supervisor in charge of your team of Mine Clearance Divers. You will undergo three phases of training: Diving, Explosives Ordnance Disposal and finally Minewarfare lasting 46 weeks altogether. Although the course is long and challenging, you could earn up to £1000 per month specialist pay on top of your basic salary if you successsfully complete the training. Handsome reward for a great career opportunity.