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South Central Louisiana Technical College

The Commercial Diving Program provides classroom instruction and practical experience to prepare individuals for entry level employment in the commercial diving industry. The program provides individuals with the knowledge necessary to understand the physics and physiology of hyperbaric environments as well as hands-on experience in areas such as equipment maintenance and equipment operations.

Students perform actual underwater work similar to that done routinely by divers in oilfield operations. The program emphasizes safe and efficient work practices, basic occupational skills, and employability skills. The content is organized into competency-based courses that specify occupational competencies which the student must successfully complete.   Open the complete Commercial Diving Curriculum.

Diving students can earn the following certifications upon completion of the program:

  • Certificate of Technical Studies - Commercial Diving
  • ADCI (Association of Diving Contractors International)
  • ACDE (Association of Commercial Diving Educators)
  • Safegulf Card
  • API Rigging
  • CPR / First Aid
  • Water Survival with METS

Commercial Divers work below the surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. They may use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment.

In 2011, the average annual income in Louisiana for a Commercial Diver was $55,570 or $26.72 per hour.* For more information about jobs related to this program, please visit

*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Young Memorial Campus:
     Phillip Morton / 985.380.2957 x 335 /
     Diving Instructor

     Jerry Shepherd / 985.380.2957 x 334 /
     Diving Instructor

New classes begin on August 21, 2017

Young Memorial, Morgan City

(7 month course)
Classes:  Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
View the complete Commercial Diving program curriculum >>

Prospective Commercial Diving students are asked to download the Commercial Dive School Prospective Student Package. This package includes important information regarding entry into the program, cost information, applications, and guidelines.
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