travel the world. get paid. do what you love.

The Adventure of a Lifetime Awaits in Commercial Diving!

WHAT DO COMMERCIAL DIVERS DO?

“I enrolled at IDI a couple years after high school and it changed my life. I’m now in my mid-20’s, making over 80k a year, and traveling all over the world!”

—Brett, Class of 2013

Over 90%

of graduates are working

immediately upon graduating.

Career Benefits for Commercial Divers

  • Hiring rates stay steady, even during economic downturns
  • Rewarding opportunities across many industries
  • Minimal entry requirements to get started
  • Make between 30k – 100k annually

Career Options for Commercial Divers

Offshore Diving Careers Oil and Gas

Offshore Diving Careers
Oil and Gas

Spend long days and even weeks at a time in the open ocean, maintaining oil platforms and building underwater structures. If you love welding, this is the career for you.

Locations: Gulf of Mexico, North Sea in UK, Coast of Brazil

Inland/Onshore Diving Careers
Land-based Civil Engineering

Inland/Onshore Diving Careers
Land-based Civil Engineering

Put your hours in and typically come home each night. On the job, you’ll spend most of your time inspecting, repairing, and supporting construction projects.

Locations: Harbors, Lakes, Hydroelectric Dams, Rivers, Mostly Freshwater

HAZMAT Diving Careers
Oil, Nuclear, Government

HAZMAT Diving Careers
Oil, Nuclear, Government

Not for the weak-hearted, you’ll be handling raw sewage and toxic waste. Perform essential maintenance, repair operations, pollution control, and handle everything from emergencies to routine inspections.

Locations: Nuclear power plants, Oil rigs, and Contaminated waters

Military Diving Careers
Special Forces, US Army, US Navy

Military Diving Careers
Special Forces, US Army, US Navy

You’re the best of the best, completing elite tasks like underwater demolition, defusing mines, and searching for explosives.

Locations: All over the globe

Naval Diving Careers
US Navy

Naval Diving Careers
US Navy

Different than a military diving career, Naval Divers support maintenance and repair operations on ships and are responsible for inspection, cleaning, ship wreck demolition, hardware salvage, and mine clearance.

Locations: US Naval Bases, Royal Naval Bases

Police Diving Careers
Law Enforcement

Police Diving Careers
Law Enforcement

Carried out by sworn police officers, Police Divers search for contraband, recover evidence, and sometimes retrieve bodies from rivers, canals, and other bodies of water.

Locations: US Coastal Cities

Scientific Diving Careers
Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry, Underwater Archeology/Geology

Scientific Diving Careers
Marine Biology, Marine Chemistry, Underwater Archeology/Geology

If you have a scientific background, learn to dive and unleash a new world of opportunities performing underwater experiments and taking samples.

Locations: Mainly the US, Australia, and South Africa

Media Diving Careers
Television, Hollywood, Photography

Media Diving Careers
Television, Hollywood, Photography

Usually a trained camera operator first, although many start as recreational divers, then purse underwater photography where unique filming, lighting, and sound techniques are acquired.

Locations: All over the globe

Aquarium Diving Careers
Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks

Aquarium Diving Careers
Zoos, Aquariums, Theme Parks

It takes more than the ordinary swimmer to perform tank maintenance, feeding of animals, cleaning, and even public shows and entertainment.

Locations: All over the globe

Diving Instructor Careers
Recreational, Commercial, and Military Diving

Diving Instructor Careers
Recreational, Commercial, and Military Diving

Teach a wide variety of skills from entry level training, to diver rescue, to technical diving.

Locations: Coastal sites, Shallow Water, and Swimming Pools all over the globe

Ready to Dive In?

Become certified in less than a year, travel the world, and begin your journey towards a challenging, rewarding career.

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“IDI not only helped me apply for Federal Student Aid, but they provided me with a dedicated financial counselor, who was able to answer all my questions and lay out a financing plan that kept me on track.”

—Ryan, Class of 2011

100%

committed

to helping students

receive financing

What Makes IDI the Best Choice!

We offer the best instruction, the best facilities, the best location, and promise to help you become one of the world’s best commercial divers. Getting started is easy.

  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must have GED or high school diploma
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must pass a dive physical

The Founders of Tru-Environment™ Training

There’s no better place in the world to train than the Old Navy Base in Charleston, SC. At IDI, we’ve set the standard for providing students with real-world experience and Tru-Environment™ training.

World-Class Instruction

Our elite faculty practices a hands-on training approach and are uniquely equipped to train and instruct, with backgrounds in the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, the Royal Navy, and the Danish Navy.

Highly-Valued Certifications

We’re the only dive school in the world that certifies in Underwater Welding through AWS and LLOYDS Register. We also offer coveted, international certifications like DCBC Unrestricted Diver.

92% of Our Graduates Go to Work Immediately

By the time our students graduate, they’ve been trained with real projects and professional equipment in open waters divers having been working in for decades. It’s why over 90% are placed instantly.

Veteran-Owned and Operated

Our faculty understands exactly what it’s like to leave the military and enter the civilian world. As a VA-approved institution, we also accept Post 9-11, VOC/REHAB, and Montgomery GI benefits.

A Thriving Student Community

Our students find purpose and camaraderie as they live, work, and train among like-minded peers in the lively coastal city of Charleston.

“I’ve never been so satisfied in my career. I owe all my success to IDI and the amazing staff who trained me, not only on how to dive and weld, but on how to live a life I won’t regret.”

—Jason, Underwater Welder & Former Navy Seal

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