Capt. Ray Black - Founder/CEO/Director

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.


Ray Black Jr.- COO - Chief Operations Officer

Ray Jr. has been directly involved in the operations of CDA for the last 5 years. He maintains a busy schedule by splitting his time between a full time NASCAR CWTS / Xfinity racing schedule and CDA. He is an active certified commercial diver and has participated in numerous projects. He is certified as a DCBC Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver, Unrestricted Surface Supplied Supervisor and is a NASE Scuba Instructor. Diving and Driving have been his passions since he was very young. He brings that passion to CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies by sharing his knowledge with students and staff alike. His experience leading a racing team has taught him the importance of teamwork and how each person plays an integral role in the the operation. His positive attitude and easy demeanor allow him to direct the staff in the best way with the best possible outcome.