Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to attend?

Good physical health, good mechanical ability, the ability to swim, a strong desire to work hard, high school diploma or equivalent and proof of proficiency in English. We will train you in everything else.

How will my age affect my employment?

Although there is no defined age limit to become a commercial diver, the industry is looking for younger men and women (18-38) for employment, especially in the offshore arena. There are opportunities in the inland market for divers who are in good physical health well into their 40s, but you are going to have to prove that you are capable.

Do you offer job placement?

We offer career assistance, and we have personnel from both the offshore and inland dive companies visit CDA to recruit our graduates. 

What income should I expect to earn as a diver?

The range for an entry level Offshore tender/diver is approximately $45,000 to $60,000.
Offshore divers with 3-5 years of experience can expect to earn approximately
$75,000 to $150,000, depending on their diving history and skill level.
The range for an entry level Inland/Coastal diver is approximately $40,000 to $50,000.
Inland/Coastal divers with 3-5 years of experience can expect to earn approximately $70,000 to $80,000, depending on their diving history and skill level.

How do I become an underwater welder?

CDAWI prepares its graduates with the skills, knowledge and understanding of welding expected for commercial divers. CDAWI provides its students with the opportunity to receive an underwater welding certification, under AWS standards for underwater welding. This qualification demands concentration and dedication to this discipline and is not achieved by all students. CDAWI’s Surface Supplied Diver Program fully prepares you to become a successful commercial diver for any company and all tasks you may encounter.