Why Choose Divers Academy?

The Most Prestigious Commercial Diving School

The Most Prestigious Commercial Diving School

For over four decades, Divers Academy International® has served as one of the nation’s leading commercial diving schools, providing an excellent education in inland and offshore dive disciplines, including underwater welder training, non-destructive testing (NDT), ROVs, and more. We are accredited at the national level by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) as well as various industry technical and diving organizations.

Discover the DAI Difference!

As you chart the next phase of your career, choose the commercial diving and underwater welding school that will give you every advantage: Divers Academy International®.

We know how valuable your time is. As a DAI student, you will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to begin an exciting new career in commercial diving or underwater welding, all in just six short months. Our full-immersion training methodology and modern training facilities will provide you with an employer’s most sought-after qualification: on-the-job experience.

We’ll help you get a firm start in your commercial diving or underwater welding career with the personal attention of a career placement assistance specialist. We maintain relationships with over 100 companies worldwide who want to hire our graduates when they have open positions.


At Divers Academy International®, we provide students with everything they need from their first dive to their first career.

As a DAI student, the benefits you will receive include:

Prestigious Diving Academy

Divers Academy is a leading commercial diving school with over 40 years of proven excellence and established industry trade relationships. We teach both inland and offshore dive disciplines and prepare divers for jobs in the oil and gas industry and maritime bridge and construction industry.

Trade Industry Recognized Certifications

Get trade industry recognized commercial diving certifications with our leading-edge Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Dive Program and our Mixed Gas and Nitrox Diving Program — two new programs based on employer and industry demands. You will be fully prepared for any entry-level commercial diving or underwater welding job you wish to pursue upon graduation.

Advanced Underwater Dive Projects

We provide a unique training environment with advanced underwater projects to develop your skill set. Our Main campus quarry hosts a large underwater welding platform, salvage boat, underwater pipeline system, underwater flange assembly projects, penetration pipe, airlifting and jetting projects, barge spuds, and dive bell in a unique underwater training habitat.

Single Tuition Cost

Whereas other commercial diving and underwater welding schools charge separately for each course and then require additional fees for certifications, Divers Academy International® gives you everything you need in one package, at one affordable cost. Financial assistance programs are available to those who qualify.

Learn on an Accelerated Schedule

Time is a valued commodity. Our commercial diving and underwater welding program is designed to provide the highest quality training in the shortest amount of time. In just six months, you will graduate and have the opportunity to enter a commercial diving career.

One School, Two Unique Dive Quarries

Divers Academy offers the most advanced specialized training campus with two dive quarries to build, develop, and advance your diversified skill set. Our 60-foot-deep sand quarry and 280-foot-deep rock quarry provide students with exposure to real-world dive depths, excellent visibility for training, marine life, and clean environmental conditions.

Enjoy a Custom-Designed Facility

No broken-down piers here! You will learn in a modern facility that has been custom-designed as a commercial diver school. Everything is on-site: training, instruction, testing, diving, dive barges, dive bells, and hyperbaric chambers.

Dive in a Real-World Environment

Training tanks, shallow ponds, and murky swamps will never give you the visibility needed to gain and master your skill set. Our 32-acre, 60-foot-deep open water dive quarry provides students the necessary visibility to develop hands-on abilities and confidence in a safe, real-world environment.

Train With Modern Equipment

It’s pointless to learn using old or outdated equipment. At Divers Academy International®, we use only the latest commercial diving and underwater welding equipment, including ROVs and the Lincoln VRTEX 360. We also include the KMDSI course, the leading dive helmet and repair technician program, as part of our training.

Learn From Commercial Diving and Underwater Welding Experts

All instruction at our commercial diver school is done by professionals with proven experience, including military divers, commercial divers, and successful alumni.

Get a Head Start in Your Career

The Divers Academy program offers more in-depth training, extra experience and dive bottom times, and further certification to broaden your opportunities for both inshore and offshore careers. You will receive all industry recognized name brand certifications necessary to begin working in the field immediately.

Low-Cost Student Housing Program

Find off-campus, low-cost student housing through our referral program. If you require housing accommodations, our Student Services will assist you in arranging your housing situation prior to your class start date. Our popular student room for rent program is available within a 5-mile radius of the school. Also available are low-cost apartments, campgrounds, and motels.

Career Placement Assistance

From your first dive to your first job, we are here to support you throughout your career with industry trends, job leads, and assistance. We will assist students much further than just writing resumes. We will assist you with a plan you can execute and advance your career with.

Safety Comes First

Student safety is always a top priority, and our safety record shows it. We have well-trained instructors with great experience in helping new divers safely learn the ropes. Each day will start with safety brief meetings, not pushups!

Accreditations & Affiliations

Divers Academy International® is accredited by the nationally-recognized Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). National accreditation is the most authoritative and reliable index of a school’s integrity and of the quality of education that it provides. To receive national accreditation, the school must demonstrate longevity, professional educational compliance standards, and financial stability. Due to Divers Academy’s national accreditation, we are able to provide students with access to federal financial assistance programs, such as Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans if they qualify. Divers Academy is also accredited and affiliated with leading technical and diving organizations including:

  • Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE)
  • New Jersey Department Labor – Division of Workforce Development
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • The State Approval Agency for the training of Veterans (NJ)
  • Memberships and Affiliations
  • ANSI/ACDE 2015-01 Commercial Divers Training Standards
  • Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)
  • Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC)
  • Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC)
  • International Diving School Association (IDSA)
  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • American Society for Materials (ASM)
  • American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU)
  • Private Career Schools of New Jersey (PCSANJ)
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)

Diving Certifications

  • Divers Academy Professional Commercial Diver Technology 900 clock hour Diploma
  • DCBC CSA standard Z275.4 commercial diver – unrestricted (if qualified)
  • ANSI/ACDE 01-2015 Commercial Diver Certification
  • NDT-Mag Particle, Liquid Penetrant Level I Certification
  • KMDSI Hat Inspector Certification
  • HAZWOPER 40 hour Hazardous Site Worker Training
  • American Petroleum Institute RP2D Rigger Qualification
  • American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Cards
  • Oxygen Provider and Neurological Certificate
  • ACDI Commercial Dive Tender Card

*Students who complete all DCBC CSA standards may apply for DCBC CSA standard Z275.4 commercial diver – unrestricted.

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