About Charleston, SC

Coastal Climates, Sand Beaches, Fine Dining & More!

When you enroll at IDI, not only do you get a chance to work with credentialed and experienced instructors at a naval base rich in diving history, but you get to live in an area plentiful in history, attractions and great weather.

Rich in History

Founded over 100 years before the American Revolution in 1670, parts of Charleston are still defined by cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum houses. This history is most abundant in the French Quarter, just 6 miles south of IDI.

Culturally Diverse

The unique culture of the Charleston area blends English, French, West African and traditional Southern U.S. components. This diversity has helped the downtown Peninsula gain a stellar reputation for art, music, architecture, cuisine and fashion. In addition, Charleston is home to several professional and amateur sports teams.


Aside from its popularity as a tourist destination, the people of Charleston have received high praise over the years including, “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2011, 2013 and 2014, “the most polite and hospitable city in America” by Southern Living magazine, and most recently, “World’s Best City” in 2016 by Travel + Leisure.

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About Charleston:

Total City Land Area (including water): approx 131 sq miles

Total City Population (2010): 120,083

City Median Household Income (2010): $49,448

Source: http://www.charleston-sc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10359


Please note

  • The International Diving Institute is permanently closed.   The final class completed August 26, 2021
  • Please note for transcript and/or education verification inquiries please contact the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education at 803-737-2260 or visit www.che.sc.gov