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10 reasons why Jacksonville, Florida is the best place to start a commercial diving career

If you’ve never visited Jacksonville, Florida, you’d be forgiven for not knowing the advantages of training to be a commercial diver here. With a temperate climate, affordable cost of living, and plenty to do for those with an active lifestyle, moving to Jacksonville for school could transform into making Northeast Florida your home for years to come.

Why is Jacksonville the best place to start a commercial diving career?

1. Low cost of living

According to, a survey of local housing, grocery, and health costs found that not only was Jacksonville one of the most affordable places to live in Florida, but one of the most affordable places to live in the entire country. It’s on average about 8% less expensive to live in Jacksonville than it is nationally on average.

2. Caters to an active lifestyle

Jacksonville is the largest city in the contiguous United States in terms of land size, but with that comes the nation's largest urban park system, including more than 337 locales on more than 840 square miles of land. Commercial diving takes a high level of physical fitness and if you want to spend your off-time hiking trails or biking outdoors, this is the place for you.

3. Military-friendly town

With two major U.S. Navy bases (Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport) and tens of thousands of veterans and enlisted men and women populating the city, Northeast Florida is a hub of appreciation for the military. With many commercial divers coming in with a background in the armed forces, you’ll feel right at home.

4. Year-round sports

From the Jacksonville Jaguars and NFL football in the fall to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and minor league baseball in the spring, and even the Jacksonville Armada, our pro soccer team) there are plenty of low-cost options if you want to spend an off-day with some fellow divers watching a game. Concessions, ticket prices, and parking are generally low.

5. It’s not a beach town, but it has great beaches

Jacksonville boasts nearly year-round beach weather. If you need a weekend of relaxation to get your mind away from school, there are beaches within 30 minutes of CDA Technical Institute.

6. A vibrant downtown that isn’t too vibrant

There’s plenty to do downtown when it comes to bars, restaurants, and concerts, but not enough to drain your bank account or keep you out too late so that your training starts to suffer. The newly constructed Daily’s Place amphitheater has hosted The Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more since opening in May of 2017.

7. The weather is unmatched

According to, average overnight temperatures only get as low as 41.9°F and they’re under 50.0°F only four months out of the year. Average high temperatures get above 90.0°F only one month out of the year. For six months out of the year, your average temperatures are between 59.7°F and 90.8°F.

8. Outdoors music festivals abound

Whether it’s the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival that’s been hosted here since 1979 or the Great Atlantic Music and Seafood Festival which allows you to buy fish tacos and watch live music on multiple stages, Jacksonville doesn’t lack for live outdoor music.

9. Rental opportunities are plentiful

Jacksonville is a booming real estate market with rising property values. As a result, management companies are flocking to Northeast Florida to build apartment complexes and get in on the action. There are a lot of options if you’re not yet looking to settle down. And because there are a lot of options, it means you’ll easily find something affordable, but also up to an excellent standard.

10. Housing prices make it a great place to live long-term

If you’re looking to make a new home for you or your family in the city where you train to become a commercial diver, the Jacksonville housing market makes it an easy choice. Jacksonville home values have gone up 10.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.6% within the next year.

posted 10/05/2017 in Careers, Commercial Diving, Helpful Tips, Underwater Welding

Tags: commercial diving academy, jacksonville, florida


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