- How long is the course?
- What costs are associated with the Commercial Dive program?
- What certifications will I receive?
- Do I need welding experience to attend DIT?
- Do I need diving experience to attend DIT?
- Do you have on-campus housing?
- Will you help me get a job after graduating?
- Do you have financial aid?
- I’ve completed my FAFSA, may I speak with someone in Financial Aid?
- What year taxes do I use for my FAFSA?
- I’ve lived on my own since I was 18 years old. Why do I have to use my parents on my tax return?
- What kind of financial aid am I eligible to receive?
- Do you work with Veterans?
- Do I need a high school diploma to attend your school?
- How many students start each month?
- What’s your graduation rate?
- What’s your placement rate?
- Can I have my physical completed by my regular doctor?
- What is the homework load like?
- Why is your course seven months when other schools are only four or five months long?
- What makes you different from other schools?
1. How long is the course?
The Divers Institute of Technology offers an intensive, 7-month program for those interested in commercial diving. As a leading educational facility in the industry, DIT has been training world-class divers since 1968. You will earn certifications that will allow you to dive all over the world.
2. What costs are associated with the Commercial Dive program?
For costs including housing, travel, etc., please visit our Cost of Attendance page.
- Application Fee:
- Dive Physical:
- Required Gear:
- $1,100-$1,800 (approximately)
3. What certifications will I receive?
Upon completion of our 900-hour program, and meeting the requirements set forth by each certifying authority while in school, graduates may earn the following certifications:
- Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Unrestricted Surface Supplied Air Diver Certification, issued by the Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC)
- Association of Dive Contractors International (ADCI) Entry Level Tender/Diver Certification
- First Aid, CPR, Oxygen provider, A.E.D. and Blood Pathogens Certification
- Hazardous Waste Materials (HazMat) 80-hour OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and WAC 40-hour HAZWOPPER Certification
- National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
- NAUI Open Water SCUBA Certification
- Kirby Morgan Hat Operator Certification
- API Rigger; Chevron USA API 2D (RP2D) (REV-6) Certification
- Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Certificate
4. Do I need welding experience to attend DIT?
You are NOT required to have any welding experience prior to attending DIT.
5. Do I need diving experience to attend DIT?
While it’s always recommended that students experience a dive before attending DIT, it is NOT a requirement.
6. Do you have on-campus housing?
DIT does not offer on-campus housing. However, our campus is located near many colleges and universities, where housing is available. For more information, please visit our Housing page.
7. Will you help me get a job after graduating?
While we are unable to guarantee employment, DIT works hard to help you secure a job after graduation. DIT has solid relationships within the industry, and a leading job placement rate. Recruiters from inland and offshore dive companies visit DIT year-round, providing students with networking opportunities and a chance to have their questions answered. Closer to graduation, you will work with our Placement Coordinator to review job opportunities and work on getting your resume up to industry standards – all in an effort to get you successfully placed in the industry.
8. Do you have financial aid?
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in determining your eligibility is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.FAFSA.ed.gov (please use School Code #011481).
** DO NOT go to FAFSA.COM where they charge you $80 **
9. I’ve completed my FAFSA, may I speak with someone in Financial Aid?
Financial aid only works on files for students who have applied to DIT. If you would like to begin the application process, please follow the instructions outlined on our our How To Apply page.
10. What year taxes do I use for my FAFSA?
You use the previous year tax return. For example: 2012-13 FAFSA requires 2011 Tax Return.
NOTE: Starting 2012-13 you will need to use the new “IRS Data Retrieval Tool”, found on the FAFSA.ed.gov site, to import your taxes.
11. I’ve lived on my own since I was 18 years old. Why do I have to use my parents on my tax return?
Department of Education rules require that if you answer “no” to all questions in step three on your FAFSA application, then you must use parent’s income.
12. What kind of financial aid am I eligible to receive?
Your Financial Aid Administrator will determine your eligibility based on the information you provided on your FAFSA.
13. Do you work with Veterans?
DIT has been Veteran Owned and Veteran Operated since being founded in 1968. We can assist you with your transition to civilian life and help you navigate with your GI benefits. Please visit our Post 9/11 GI Bill page for more details.
14. Do I need a high school diploma to attend your school?
In order to apply to DIT, a high school diploma, transcript or GED is required. For more, please view our Admission Requirements.
15. How many students start each month?
We do not allow more than 30 students in a class.
16. What’s your graduation rate?
Our 2011 graduation rate was 96%.
17. What’s your placement rate?
Our 2011 placement rate was 90%.
18. Can I have my physical completed by my regular doctor?
All students are required to complete a dive physical, performed by an UHMS/ADCI certified physician. DIT recommends students contact the office of Dr. Edmond Kay, Bellevue HealthForce Partners Clinic at 425.468.6500, to schedule an appointment. For complete details on the dive physical process, please view our Admission Requirements.
19. What is the homework load like?
The majority of homework will be in the first four weeks, during the Dive Physics and Dive Medicine part of the curriculum. The remainder of the program will focus on hands-on projects.
20. Why is your course seven months when other schools are only four or five months long?
During your seven month, 900 hour course here at DIT, you will have completed all the requirements for the ADCI and DCBC certifications When you graduate, you will have completed all requirements for the certifications without requiring further schooling.
21. What makes you different from other schools?
DIT is one of only two schools in the nation that offers an International Certification in commercial diving, allowing you to work all over the world. We are the only dive school to take you to 165 feet in true open water, giving students real world experience that can’t be duplicated in pools, tanks or quarries. This water is some of the most low visibility water, thus making you prepared for any condition.