CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program
Thank You!

Thank You!

CDA would like to thank everyone who has helped us recover from Hurricane Irma. We are fully operational and classes are in session. Thanks also to all the first responders and emergency crews that helped our community through the recovery.

On Campus Housing

On Campus Housing

We offer on-campus housing (dormitories) and full meal plans 7 days a week!

Now enrolling for Summer and Fall Sessions

Now enrolling for Summer and Fall Sessions

There is no time like TODAY to Start Your New Career

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 Association)

There is a Difference - The CDA Advantage

There is a Difference - The CDA Advantage

The CDA Advantage goes beyond the classroom and dive station - it's a way of preparing our students for the real challenges of the industry.

The Deep - Training Done Right

The Deep - Training Done Right

CDA Trains its students in depths of up to 165 feet - Another CDA Advantage!

Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding

Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding

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

Team Work / Problem Solving / Working Together

Team Work / Problem Solving / Working Together

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

Diving Done Right - Experienced Instructors, Advanced Technology

Diving Done Right - Experienced Instructors, Advanced Technology

CDA challenges our students every day with complex, real-world problems and lets the student solve them.  We provide training and 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 Tech provides elective programs in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Dive Medical Technician (DMT) and Certified Hyperbaric Technician (CHT)

Think you got what it takes?

Think you got what it takes?

Learn about the challenges that will face you.  Not only in our training but in the career.

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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.


Video testimonial from a recent CDA graduate Another testimonial video from CDA's commercial diving school Female Divers at CDA

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Underwater Welding

After all the research 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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