CDA Technical Institute's Commercial Diver Program


Morning PT at CDA Technical InstituteAdmission Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Ability to swim
  • Good physical health
  • Ability to obtain a TWIC card*
  • Mechanical ability
  • Strong work ethic
  • Entrance interview

CDA strongly recommends a working email address.  In an effort to expedite communications and minimize our environmental impact, CDA relies heavily on electronic mail.

All of the classes at CDA are taught in English. International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency, which can be determined by the student achieving a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For information on the test, applicants may write to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Box 899, Princeton, New Jersey 08540-6200, U.S.A.; visit; or contact the U.S. Embassy in their home country. The minimum TOEFL scores are:  500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based), 61 (internet-based).

*Many diving companies and all port workers are now required to carry a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card. Find information about disqualifications that would prevent you from obtaining a TWIC card by clicking here

We also recommend that students obtain a passport, if they do not already have one. Click here for the instructions for first time applicants. 

We require a negative sickle cell blood test for any applicants who carry the trait, since sickle cell anemia is a disqualifying factor (please see Disqualifying Factors below).

Steps to Apply:

  1. Review the industry, career information and disqualifying conditions on the website and call the Admissions Office with questions and to confirm availability.
  2. Click on Apply Now (left) to fill out the Enrollment Agreement and Admissions Questionnaire online and enter your credit card information to pay the $100 non-refundable registration fee. You can also download the application forms from the “Download an Application” page and enclose a check or money order.
  3. Download the Medical History form and fill it out completely. The Physical Examination Form can be completed by our school’s physician on the first day of school for $499 and our physician is approved by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). You can also have the physical done by any physician approved by the DCBC. Please contact Admissions for more information.
  4. Submit the Medical History form, along with proof of your date of birth, a copy of your health insurance card (if you're currently covered), and a copy of your open-water certification (if you're already certified).  If you will be using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, please also request that your Military Transcripts be sent to CDA through the Joint Services Transcript website.  If you have used the Post 9/11 GI Bill® at a prior school, please also submit the VA Form 1995.
  5. Enclose a copy of your High School Diploma/GED or request a transcript be sent to the school.
  6. Send to:

CDA Technical Institute, Attn: Admissions
91 Trout River Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32208


Morning swim at CDA Technical InstituteInternational Applicants - All non-U.S. citizens must submit the following:

  1. A copy of current passport (the page with the name and the picture). The passport needs to be valid at least 6 months after the completion of the Academy.
  2. An official certificate of completion for secondary school. Academic records not in English must be accompanied by an official certified translation.
  3. Evidence of Medical Insurance. All international students on non-immigrant visas must maintain medical insurance coverage for themselves and any dependents.

Immigration form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), needed to obtain a student visa, is not    
issued until the applicant has (1) been officially accepted by the Academy, (2) paid the processing and registration fees, (3) submitted a financial statement indicating how expenses will be met while attending the Academy, and (4) submitted a photocopy of a passport.


Disqualifying Conditions per the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI):

  • History of seizure disorder other than early childhood febrile (high fever) conditions
  • Cystic or cavitary disease of the lungs, significant obstructive or restrictive lung disease, or recurrent pneumothorax
  • Chronic inability to equalize sinus and middle ear pressure
  • Significant central or peripheral nervous system disease or impairment
  • Chronic alcoholism drug abuse, or history of psychosis
  • Significant hemoglobinpathies
  • Significant malignancies
  • Grossly impaired hearing
  • Significant osteonecrosis
  • Chronic conditions requiring continuous control by medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

Disability Services:

An applicant or student with a disability who seeks accommodation should notify the Campus Director/Disability Coordinator by submitting documentation and a request for accommodation, as specified in this policy, so that the request can be evaluated and reasonable accommodation(s) provided.  Requests can be initiated by notifying your Admission Representative or by emailing

An example of acceptable documentation for learning disabilities include:

A diagnostic interview by a qualified evaluator that includes historical information of learning difficulties in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

A comprehensive diagnostic interview that addresses relevant background information supporting the impairment, including developmental history, academic history and psychosocial history.

A record of comprehensive testing that is current (within past two years and after age of 18)

A description of functional limitations in a major life activity.

Recommendations as to reasonable accommodations for the classroom.

After an applicant or student has compiled relevant documentation and submitted a request for accommodation to the Director, she will consider the information and documentation provided by the applicant or student, consult with appropriate instructors and/or school officials as needed, and determine what constitutes reasonable accommodation(s) for the applicant or student's disability. A list of approved accommodation(s) will be provided to the applicant or student and shared with any instructors and/or school officials who will be responsible for providing or making arrangements for such accommodation(s).

Diver's have a need for basic mathematical skills:  

Please feel free to take this Math Self-Evaluation to see where your ability lies and contact us for assistance and/or evaluation.