CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program
Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding

Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding

CDA Technical Institute provides International certification for today's "World Class Divers!"

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World Class Certification for a World Class Industry

World Class Certification for a World Class Industry

CDA Technical Institute trains to International Standards of the DCBC (Divers Certification Board of Canada) and is recognized by IMCA (International Marine Contractors Assosication)

There is a Difference - The CDA Advantage

There is a Difference - The CDA Advantage

The CDA Advantage go beyond the classroom and dive station - It's away of preparing our students for the real challanges of the industry

The Deep - Training Done Right

The Deep - Training Done Right

CDA Trains it students in depths upto 165 feet - Another CDA Advantage!

On Campus Housing

On Campus Housing

We have an on-campus dormatory with a full meal plan seven days a week!

Team Work / Problem Solving / Working Together

Team Work / Problem Solving / Working Together

CDA trains our divers to work together, solve the challenges that are a part of working in this environment to get the job done!  CDA Advantage? You can count on it!

Diving Done Right - Intstructors, Technology and our Instrutors

Diving Done Right - Intstructors, Technology and our Instrutors

CDA challenges our students every day with complex real world problem and lets the student solve them.  We not only provide training but go beyond to make sure our graduates have a complete understanding of diving operations.

Additional Training in Dive Medicine & Hyperbaric Chambers

Additional Training in Dive Medicine & Hyperbaric Chambers

CDA Provide elective programs in Emergency Medical Techician (EMT), Dive Medical Technician (DMT) and Certified Hyperbaric Technician (CHT)

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Think you got what it takes?

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The Career

Overview video for CDA's commercial diver program in Jacksonville, Florida

What do commercial divers do?

Commercial diving is industrial construction that takes place underwater. Commercial divers work all over the world, and are experts in underwater welding, underwater salvage and recovery, underwater inspection, and installation.

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Underwater Welding

After all the reseach I've done and instructors I've talked to, CDA is bar-none the premier dive school in all of America.

Cameron Duncan
Graduate, CDA

Inside CDA's comprehensive underwater welding program
Inside CDA

I want to be an Underwater Welder

CDA's internationally-recognized training includes an introduction to topside welding and underwater welding for commercial divers. Our Highly trained instructors provide guidance to our students and provide them the opportunity to be certified as an Underwater Wet Welding Specialist per the AWS standards and guidelines. A successful commercial diver needs to be highly trained and proficient in all facets of commercial diving.  This is where CDA graduates excel and the CDA Advantage comes through!

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Military & Veterans

Military and Veterans

Do you miss the teamwork and adventure of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces?  Would you like a career underwater instead of behind a desk? Most veterans tend to do very well in the commercial diving industry because of the structure that they had in the military.

Much like military personnel, a commercial diver needs to travel to where the work is.  Additionally, they are required to work safely and possess the endurance to work long hours under difficult conditions.  A diver often needs to act quickly and follow a strict set of standard operational procedures similar to those that were experienced during time in the service.

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List of requirements for becoming a commercial diver

Our program simulates the demands of a real commercial diver with daily physical training, 10-hour days, and safety meetings.

  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to swim
  • Good physical health

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Above and Beyond the Standard Training

CDA Technical Institute (CDA), formerly Commercial Diving Academy, is the ONLY fully-accredited diver training program with IMCA-recognized training, on-campus housing and a full meal plan. CDA’s training is complete, comprehensive and intensive to ensure our graduates are recruited by the industry’s leading dive companies.

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