Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Diver

  CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies, Inc. offers the most   comprehensive and rigorous commercial diving program that covers all the needed skill sets to  succeed as a commercial diver. 

  CDAWI trains new divers in a shallow depth orientation lagoon which allows the new diver  to develop comfort with the equipment prior to moving out into sea.  The training is progressive, starting out shallow (5 meters) and ending with deep dives  (50 meters). This type of training not only builds confidence, it also  builds  competency.

  The deep diving portion of the training is done from the ship M/V Pipeline  Surveyor. The ship is outfitted with multiple dive stations and a wet bell with a  L.A.R.S.  system and hyperbaric chamber (DDC 54"). Students train on the M/V Pipeline Surveyor, where they dive to depths of over 50m (165/ft).  Surface-supplied  diving on the M/V Pipeline Surveyor utilizes advanced equipment including a Type I Dive Bell, Hot Water Machine and Advanced Video  Displays to fulfill the  training requirements for the Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). Upon successful completion, divers will earn the IMCA  recognized Diver Certification  Board of Canada DCBC - Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver certification.

This is the only commercial diving program in the Caribbean to qualify students to receive certifications from ALL of the following:

  • Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diving Certification from Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) recognized by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) -- Allowing our graduates to work worldwide
  • Certificate of successful completion of Topside Welding for Commercial Divers from CDAWI, in accordance with American Welding Society (AWS) standards -- This training provides the foundation necessary to seek a career as a commercial diver
  • Certificate of successful completion of Underwater Welding from CDAWI -- An additional qualification provides the skills necessary to weld underwater*
  • First Aid, CPR, AED & O2 Provider Training (includes Oxygen First Aid, AED use, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life, CPR First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens) -- Required for all employees in the industry
  • HazMat/Hazwoper from Occupational Health and Safety Administration OSHA -- Required for all employees in the industry
  • Certificate of successful completion of Offshore Survival from CDAWI
  • Certificate of successful completion of NDT from CDAWI, recognized by API & meeting the standards set forth by American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) for Levels I & II Visual Inspection, Magnetic Particle and Ultrasonic Thickness for underwater use
  • Certification from National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) for Basic Rigging and certification for Core Curriculum, including Hand and Power Tools, Safety, Blueprint reading -- These skills are a part of the CDAWI Advantage and go beyond the standard diver training

*The following certification requires successful completion of the practical portion of the Underwater Welding course to receive the Underwater Welding Qualification for Class C fillet weld to AWS D3.6M 2010. For more information on underwater welding, please see Page 21 of AWS D3.6M 2010 or feel free to call Admissions at 869.466.1990 for details.

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I.     Diving Physics
II.    Diving Physiology, Decompression, & Emergency  
       Management Procedures
III.   Diving Equipment, Systems, & Procedures
IV.   Practical Use of Diving Equipment
V.    Diving Hazards & Legislation
VI.   Diver Communication Systems
VII.  Rigging
VIII. Underwater Inspections & Searches
IX.   Hand & Power Tools
X.    Water Jetting, Airlifts, Venturi Dredges, & Lift Bags
XI.   Cutting & Welding Equipment
XII.  Underwater Explosives
XIII. Underwater Construction Techniques
XIV. Hyperbaric Chamber Operations

Program Costs

Tuition - $31,800.00

Registration Fee - $100.00

Personal Diving Equipment - $3,000.00 (estimated)

Personal Protective Equipment - $300.00 (estimated) Student must provide

Open Water Certification - $350.00 (if not already certified)

Diver Physical - $499.00 - DCBC Approved

Additional Costs

Housing - $500.00 - 1,200.00 per month (estimated)

Food - $500.00 - 1,000.00 per month (estimated)

Car Rentals - $50.00 - 120.00 per day 

Length of Course

The program of study at CDA Technical Institute of the West Indies (CDAWI) requires a minimum of 16 weeks. The maximum number of weeks a student may participate in training is 22 weeks.

Practical Experience Hours - 600
Academic Hours - 360

Total Hours - 960

Number of Weeks - 16

5 Days per week / 12 Hours per day