CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program

Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver

Air Mixed Gas Commercial Diving training at CDA Technical Institute



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.






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

Length of  Diver Training Course:

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:

Upon successful completion of the training, students receive the following certifications from ALL of the following:

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be awarded a CDA Technical Institute diploma for Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver, and credentials including:

  • ACDE Tender/diver
  • CDA Tech Certificate of completion for Underwater Visual Testing level 1
  • Underwater Ultrasonic Testing Thickness levels 1 & 2
  • Underwater Magnetic Particle Inspection Level 1 & 2
  • CDA Tech entry level underwater welding
  • CDA Tech entry level underwater burning
  • CDA Tech Hazwoper certification as outlined in 29CFR 1910.120 of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations
  • NCCER credentials for Core Curriculum
  • NCCER credentials for Basic Rigger
  • NASE WORLDWIDE Certification in accordance with ASHI for CPR/First Aid, AED & 02 provider
  • PEC safety-SafeGulf/SafeLand
  • NASE WORLDWIDE Open Water Diver certification (if not already certified).
  • CDA Tech Certification of Completion for a 24-hour, commercial Diving ops and a night dive.

*The Air Mixed Gas Commercial Diver Program does not qualify a student to become an underwater welding specialist. Additional training is required for certification. Contact our Admission Team for details - 888 974-2232.