CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program

Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver

Air Mixed Gas Commercial Diving training at CDA Technical Institute


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Exceptional Facilities, Exceptional Results

CDA Technical Institute (CDA), formerly Commercial Diving Academy, offers the most comprehensive and rigorous commercial diving program that covers all the needed skill sets to succeed as a commercial diver.

Preparing to enter the dive tanks at CDA Technical Institute

Our campus is located on four acres with over 500 feet of waterfront, a dive store, dormitory, cafeteria, library, and multiple classrooms.

CDA trains new divers in a 20' orientation tank and clearwater pool, where the instructors can watch the student through a viewing port.

After four weeks of orientation in the training tanks, students move to open water training on the Trout River, a low-visibility, swift-moving tidal waterway to continue their training.

Deep Water Training

After the training is completed in Jacksonville, students will travel to our Deep Water Training Center (DWTC) in Ocala, Florida*. Students will train at the DWTC, where they will dive to depths of over 50 meters (165 feet).

Surface-supplied diving at the DWTC will utilize advanced equipment including a Type I Dive Bell, Hot Water Machine, and Advanced Video Displays to fulfill the training requirements for the Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC).

Students must reside at the DWTC during this training period. For those students who have chosen to live off-campus during the training in Jacksonville, they will also be required to reside at the DWTC and will be billed for this period of dorms and the meal plan.

*Students are responsable for there own transportion from Jacksonsonville to Ocala. However should the student need assistance they may contact the school in writting and transportation will be provided.

Course Outline

I.  Diving Physics
II.  Diving Physiology, Decompression, & Emergency Management Procedures
III.  Diving Equipment, Systems, & Procedures
IV.  Practical Use of Diving Equipment
V.  Diving Hazards & Legislation
VI.  Diver Communication Systems
VII.  Rigging
VIII.  Underwater Inspections Training & Searches
IX.  Hand & Power Tools
X.  Water Jetting, Airlifts, Venturi Dredges, & Lift Bags
XI.  Cutting & Welding Equipment
XII.  Underwater Explosives
XIII.  Underwater Construction Techniques
XIV.  Hyperbaric Chamber Operations

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The program of study at CDA Technical Institute (CDA), formerly Commercial Diving Academy, requires a minimum of 20 weeks. The maximum number of weeks a student may participate in training is 30 weeks.In the dive tank at CDA Technical Institute

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CDA's Unique Offering:

This is the only commercial diving program in the United States to qualify students to receive certifications from ALL of the following:

  • Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Certification from Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) recognized by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) -- Allowing our graduates to work worldwide
  • Entry Level Tender/Diver Certification from Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) -- An additional diving certification, widely recognized throughout the United States as the certification for employment as a commercial diver
  • Qualify  for a Diving Certification from Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE) -- An additional diving certification, recognized as suitable basic training by IMCA.  As the is a redundent certification to the DCBC Certification an additional charge is required for this card
  • Certificate of successful completion of Topside Welding for Commercial Divers from CDA, in accordance with American Welding Society (AWS) standards -- This training provides the foundation necessary to seek a career as a commercial diver
  • Certificate of successful completion of Underwater Welding from CDA -- An additional qualification provides the skills necessary to weld underwater*
  • Certification from PEC Safety in Basic Safety / SafeLand & SafeGulf**
  • First Aid, CPR, AED & O2 Provider Training (includes Oxygen First Aid, AED use, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life, CPR First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens) -- Required for all employees in the industry
  • HazMat/Hazwoper from Occupational Health and Safety Administration OSHA -- Required for all employees in the industry
  • Certificate of successful completion of Offshore Survival from CDA**
  • Certificate of successful completion of NDT from CDA, meeting the standards set forth by American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) for Levels I & II Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle and Ultrasonic Thickness for underwater use**
  • Certification from National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) for Basic Rigging and certification for Rigging Levels I & II and for Core Curriculum, including Hand and Power Tools, Safety, Blueprint reading**

*The following certification requires successful completion of the practical portion of the Underwater Welding course to receive the Underwater Welding Qualification for Class C fillet weld to AWS D3.6M 2010. For more information on underwater welding, please feel free to call Admissions for details.

** These skills are a part of the CDA Advantage and go beyond the standard diver training.