Professional Commercial Diving Tech

Program Overview

Program Overview

Develop your skill set and meet the advanced employer demands with our intensive 25-week, 900 clock hour program. The Professional Commercial Dive Tech program was developed to meet ever-evolving employer demands and commercial diving certification standards and offers specialty electives to meet those needs.

This program offers advanced surface supplied air diving techniques, nitrox diving, advanced underwater welding and burning, and an all exclusive curriculum that meets employers most sought-after certifications. Graduates will master surface air diving technology, acquire skill sets in underwater welding, hyperbaric chamber operation, salvage, video inspections, equipment maintenance, rigging, and more.

Once these skills have been mastered, students will have an opportunity to select a specialty skill to meet their employment specialty skill set. Students can choose from the inland diver nitrox gas specialty or international deep dive specialty.

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Program Details


Main Campus Location: Week 1-21,
Satellite Campus Location: Week 22-25
Satellite Campus transfer week/dates may vary between weeks 21 to 25.

Specialty Electives:

  • Nitrox Mixed-Gas and Advanced Welding
  • DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Diver

Elective Certificates:

  • Nitrox Mixed-Gas Diver Certificate
  • DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Diver Certificate

Specialty Electives

Based on the vast difference in employee demands between the inshore and offshore markets of the commercial diving industry in the united states, Divers Academy offers specialty electives to our students to help hone in on these skill sets.

Elective A: Nitrox Mixed-Gas and Advanced Underwater Welding:

Students pursuing our Nitrox certification will remain at our Main Campus for the final 3 weeks and focus on the use of Nitrox Mixed-Gas diving that allows divers to dive deeper and stay longer. This elective will also offer advanced underwater welding and burning.

Inland employers who are working on bridges, dams, nuclear plants, and water treatment plants use Nitrox diving on a fairly regular basis and are seeking divers with this skill set.

Elective B: DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Diver

This elective provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to qualify for the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC), Unrestricted Commercial Diver Certification in addition to the ANSI/ACDE certification. Students will have the opportunity to achieve extended deep diving depths and dive bottom times, as well as hands-on experience with class II wet bells and diving tools, surface decompression in hyperbaric chambers, and hyperbaric chamber operation.

Students pursuing our Deep Dive certification will transfer to our Satellite Campus in Allentown, PA. Here, students will continue their training in our deep dive quarry to meet the Canadian DCBC training requirements of 50 hours of dive bottom time in 60’ to 165 foot deep waters to fully meet the depth and bottom time dive requirements to qualify for the DCBC Dive Certification.

*Students who successfully complete this program and meet the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) certification requirements may apply for the certification through the Canadian Certification Board (CSA).

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