Capt. Ray Black began his diving career 28 years ago serving in the USMC/USN. After an Honorable discharge, he continued his career working in all aspects of commercial diving. Capt. Black founded Commercial Diving Academy in 1995 and his goal then was to produce certified world class divers. This commitment remains the same today, as CDA Technical Institute prepares students with the necessary skills needed and sought after by the diving industry. Capt. Black holds qualifications as ADCI Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisor, Peruvian Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisor, DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Supervisor, DCBC Assessor, USCG 100 Ton Unrestricted Operator License, SDI/TDI Technical Diving Supervisor, Speciality Welds UK Underwater Welding Specialist, ERDI Public Safety Diving Instructor, NAUI Course Director, NASE College Director and PDIC Instructor.
BRANDON MOUNTS, LEAD DIVE INSTRUCTOR
Brandon Mounts is originally from Kingsland, GA. He fell in love with diving at the
age of 13 when he received his junior open water scuba certification. He graduated
from CDA in 2006 and went straight to the oilfield where he specialized in pipeline
installation, maintenance, repair, and removal. While working the oil field, he
acquired his crane operator certification, rigging specialist certification,
H.A.Z.W.O.P.E.R, and many more. After 9 years of experience in the gulf, Brandon
came back to CDA technical institute where he is now an NCCER certified instructor.
MICK PARKINSON, INSTRUCTOR/NASE INSTRUCTOR TRAINER
Mr. Parkinson came to CDA Technical Institute (CDA), formerly Commercial Diving Academy, after having served in the Royal Navy for 25 years as an R.N. An avid recreational diver, he has been diving since 1985. He currently holds Instructor status with the following agencies: British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC Advanced Instructor), SSI DiveCon Instructor, NASE Master Instructor, NAUI Instructor, SDI Instructor Trainer, Handicapped Scuba Diving Instructor and a PADI Dive Master. Mr. Parkinson’s passion is diving safety and to this end he holds the following Instructor Certifications with DAN, AED, O2 for Divers, O2 for Aquatic Injuries, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries. Recently, he became a DAN Diving Emergency Specialist and is also a BSAC Advanced Lifesaver, Diver Rescue Specialist and a Practical Rescue Management Instructor. He is a DCBC Restricted Surface Supplied Diving Supervisor. Mr. Parkinson recently completed his Pharmacy Technicians diploma, Veterinary Technicians diploma, and has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Abnormal Psychology.
CHAD HITT, INSTRUCTOR
ERIC BLITZ, INSTRUCTOR
WARREN SMITH, ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR