Brendan Walsh loves his job, but we can’t imagine how in the world that’s possible. Why? Because he makes a living diving into human crap.
Even if he does get to do it while listening to AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” it still doesn’t seem like the kind of career one could happily pursue.
Walsh runs a company called East West Dive and Salvage in Melbourne, Australia, that specializes in diving below every kind of no-air environment you can imagine, including raw sewage.
In Australia, sewage isn’t processed with chemicals. Instead, bacteria breaks down the waste in huge motor-driven stirring machines, which often malfunction.
The motors are all in the ponds, and there’s no other way to access them without getting in. And it’s completely black down there, so we have to do everything by feel. Sewage farms take thousands of photos of their site, before they fill up the ponds, so we look carefully at the photos before we get in. The diver then makes the repairs in the dark by talking to the guys above the surface. The dive suits are all connected via radio, so we can provide directions in real time. I love my job and always have. I’m a passionate diver from way back, and I’m a mechanic.
According to this doo-doo diver, his part of the job isn’t even the worst aspect of the position. It’s actually the dudes who have to clean him off who suffer.
“I’ve never worked a day in my life because I combine my passions. We all do. You can’t do a job well unless you love it,” he says.
So, the next time you think your job totally stinks, you might remember this guy.