CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program
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)

Now enrolling for all 2022 Classes

Now enrolling for all 2022 Classes

There is no time like TODAY to Start Your New Career

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.

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.

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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 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.  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!

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 - 877-407-4883.

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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 a 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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