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.
VINKO KOTESKI, SAFETY OFFICER
Mr. Koteski started diving in 1987 as a Diver in the Yugoslavian Navy. He left the Navy in 1989 and worked as a commercial diver for Irix, a Commercial Diving and Construction company. Vinko fabricated concrete forms for docks and pilings, worked in electrical power plants and installed underwater pipelines for municipal water delivery systems. He also worked for the Macedonian Government excavating a 4000 year old underwater archaeological site. Mr. Koteski has performed underwater salvage operations and opened Kaneo Diving in 1998, a recreational scuba instructional school. Mr. Koteski has worked as a Commercial Diver in Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and the United States. He speaks English, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, and Macedonian. Vinko is a DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Supervisor, a NASE Master Instructor, SDI Instructor Trainer, NAUI Instructor and an SSI 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.
MIKE MERCHANT, INSTRUCTOR
Mr. Merchant is a CDA Alumni graduating in January 2004 as the class Valedictorian. His career has taken him both in-land with Sea-Tech completing Bridge Inspections, Pile Jackets, Salvage, and Ship Husbandry as well as off-shore with Chet Morrison as a Diver 3. Merchant’s off-shore career included work with “Jet-Sleds,’ setting riser clamps, Sub-Sea Tie-ins, and jetting miles of pipeline.
He began teaching at CDA in 2009 and in 2015 return to active diving and now he’s back on the CDA Team.
“I am really excited to be back, I know 1st hand how important being well trained is. Having worked in both in-land and off-shore having the experiences that CDA offers “The CDA Advantage” can really make the difference in the diver’s success.” M. Merchant
CHAD HITT, INSTRUCTOR
JUSTIN MORIN, INSTRUCTOR
ERIC BLITZ, INSTRUCTOR
MICHEAL POWERS, INSTRUCTOR
WALTER JOSLYN, HYPERBARIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR (retired)
Mr. Joslyn retired from the USN in 1990 after 23 years of service as a First Class Diver and Diving Officer. During his Navy diving career, his jobs included heavy underwater salvage, diving instructor at both Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center and Naval School of Diving and Salvage. Mr. Joslyn also qualified as a Master Training Specialist, Life Support Systems Certifications Officer, QA Officer for Diver Life Support Systems and HEO2 diving supervisor. Walt is a DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Supervisor, a Dive Medic Technician (DMT) Instructor and Hyperbaric Technology Instructor with the National Board of Diving Medicine and Hyperbaric Technology (NBDHMT). Mr. Joslyn is currently the chairman of Hyperbaric Diving Operations for the council on Hyperbarics for the DCBC. After retiring from the Navy, he has worked as a Hyperbaric Chamber Operator, commercial rigger, crane inspector, and repair technician. He has returned to what he loves, which is teaching.