underwater ordnance question

by Jose
(San Antonio,TX)

Do you need to be able to scuba qualified to do the underwater ordnance?

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SCUBA certification for underwater UXO
by: Steve Cassidy

As someone that actively works on underwater UXO, I hear this question coming up more frequently.

The US Army Corps of Engineers oversees most underwater UXO jobs. With that, the contracting officer follows USACE guidelines in stating that the divers must be graduates of a Navy EOD Dive program and a graduate of the EOD School, NAVSCOLEOD.

With that, I have seen some openings for those that have certain qualifications for positions other than the primary diver.

There are some non-USACE contracts out there and the number of Navy EOD for underwater UXO jobs is very limited as most Navy EOD head toward the IED side of the house.

As the owner of SGC Group and a Navy EOD Diver, I would look at people with qualifications in this order:

Navy EOD


Navy Diver, SEAL, SF Diver with a UXO certification.


An Army, AF or Marine EOD Tech with a commercial dive certification.


A UXO Tech with a commercial dive school certification.



Why lead with a military dive graduate? There is a very specific way that military divers work on the side. If you haven't graduated a military dive program then it's just difficult to become cohesive with the team quickly.

Knowing that your dive buddy has been through that special time in the water with your favorite instructors is reassuring when you're underwater.

My suggestion is to join the Navy and go through the EOD pipeline or 2nd Class Dive School. Great time in the panhandle of Florida!

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