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Mine Clearance Diver Hours?

BlueFin

Newbie
Hi, I've been looking into applying as a MCD. I am just trying to get as much information on the job as I can before I go through with the application. This forum has given a lot of useful information for me but I can't find anything (maybe in the wrong section) about the working hours? How long are the days? Will i be based away from home for days/weeks? What are the ratio of days on/days off? I know these all might vary in some way but it would be great to know from people in the job and what it is like, be it long days and working away from family?

Any information would be great thanks!


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SWS Fag

Lantern Swinger
It's not like Civvy diving mate. You could get a sea deployment lasting months at a time, or you could get a shore draft were you can only go home at the weekends. If you don't live near a navy base with a diving unit you won't be going home every night


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BlueFin

Newbie
It's not like Civvy diving mate. You could get a sea deployment lasting months at a time, or you could get a shore draft were you can only go home at the weekends. If you don't live near a navy base with a diving unit you won't be going home every night


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Thanks for the quick reply, that helps fill in the blanks! I'm in my early 20s so being away from home isn't the end of the world I suppose!


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wannabejack

Lantern Swinger
Divers work 9-3 every day Monday to Thursday and till 12 on a Friday. Apart from when we are at war - they have to work till half five then. Get paid time and a half for the extra hours in wartime and double time for weekend work.
 

BlueFin

Newbie
Divers work 9-3 every day Monday to Thursday and till 12 on a Friday. Apart from when we are at war - they have to work till half five then. Get paid time and a half for the extra hours in wartime and double time for weekend work.

Thanks Jack, sounds like really fair working hours!


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SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Bluefin, there are some naughty people playing in here. No doubt a real CD will be along in a minute, but in the RN you are employed 24 hours a day and operate to the exingencies of the Service.

Think about it - you are on a bomb call - a big bomb. Do you think that you'll just stop when your 'working day' is over?

Having said that, there will be times when you are 'working' a 'normal' day -though there will be plenty when you are not!
 

soleil

War Hero
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BlueFin

Newbie
Bluefin, there are some naughty people playing in here. No doubt a real CD will be along in a minute, but in the RN you are employed 24 hours a day and operate to the exingencies of the Service.

Think about it - you are on a bomb call - a big bomb. Do you think that you'll just stop when your 'working day' is over?

Having said that, there will be times when you are 'working' a 'normal' day -though there will be plenty when you are not!

And here I was being all naive haha, thanks


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BlueFin

Newbie
BlueFin

Mine Clearance Diver

http://c69011.r11.cf3.rackcdn.com/316599dbb5a64c7280d3e8c33812ad50-0x0.pdf

Pay careful attention to the special physical demands of this job and particularly what will be required of you at your Pre-Joining Fitness Test and the PDA.

http://c69011.r11.cf3.rackcdn.com/906b92a68679428391173e092ecd1f59-0x0.pdf

About possible bases and hours:

Fleet Diving Group | Royal Navy

Northern Diving Group

Southern Diving Group

Cheers that's very helpful


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old_fart

Lantern Swinger
Last time I looked, a day was 24 hours long for CDs. As it is now a long time since I paid CDs, I don't know about their working hours except that in those days they spent less time diving than diving.
 

dapperdunn

War Hero
Book Reviewer
Last time I looked, a day was 24 hours long for CDs. As it is now a long time since I paid CDs, I don't know about their working hours except that in those days they spent less time diving than diving.

I don't understand that at all. Is it just me?
 

Spidiver

War Hero
Last time I looked, a day was 24 hours long for CDs. As it is now a long time since I paid CDs, I don't know about their working hours except that in those days they spent less time diving than diving.

It's obvious you lot have got the wrong crypto in....it reads

"I wish I was a diver, they are divs and work hard without complaint..they are excellent !!!!"
 
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