Seriously considering becoming a RN diver

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  1. I have had numerous times in my life where I have thought about joining the Navy, but I have finally had enough of civvy life - I need a better challenge, more adventure, and a career I am proud of.

    I appreciate I need excellent fitness, which I am working on!

    My main question is rating or officer? I have over 180 UCAS points, so Officer is an option, but I read the diving isn't as frequent. Officer pay is obviously higher, and should the AIB feel I am capable, will set me up for a nice retirement.

    What ranking could I expect to attain as a rating if I was chosen as a diver?


  2. Forgot to mention I have taught Scuba Diving, hold certifications down to 45m with decompression, and I am buying my own rebreather soon.
  3. Well, you could start by using the search function and finding the 22 page thread dedicated to this very topic.....
  4. I did look through several threads on MCDO, PEDA, AIB etc, but saw no mention of the ranking to aim for if I go down the ratings route.
  5. Warrant Officer 1 - but there's about half a dozen of them in the entire branch, which is not a lot.
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Unless I'm mistaken, even the bubbleheads had Leading Hands, Petty Officers, Chief Petty Officers and Warrant Officers last time I checked.

    What rank can be achieved within 18 years service is down to the individual's recognised ability, dashing good looks and all-round good eggedness.
  7. So we aren't talking peanuts if one puts in the effort and has the ability.
  8. If you want to be a diver and get in the water...join as a rating work hard, play hard, have fun, the pay is pretty good.

    If you want to talk about diving and rarely get in the water, and have a host of other shitty little jobs..join as an officer.
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  9. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    A flat rate for Warrant Officer of up to £46,049 per annum at todays rates, plus up to £32.72 per day extra when qualified to Category 5 standards.
  10. Yes, I want to dive. Rating it is! Just trying to book some time of work to go to the local AFCO. I wish they would open on a Saturday!
  11. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    If we opened Saturdays I'd have to book time off during the week, too.
  12. Fair point Ninja!
  13. So not exactly a "deepdiver" then are you?

  14. 11 WO's in the branch
  15. It's deeper than recreational depths, and I will be extending this over winter ;-)
  16. If you get any trouble- stand up!
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  17. And I guess it will take at least 18 months for me to get joined, so plenty of time to get 200 hours on a rebreather for 100m trimix diving...
  18. Here comes another bent up/ dead rebreather "expert"..................
  19. That's a bit harsh, considering you don't know my diving ability. Where did I say I was going to skip training and experience, and dive a home build rebreather? We're you born a pro diver?
  20. Yep! .
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