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The International Diving Institute: Preparing You For Underwater Welding

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Earlier this month The Post and Courier, a Charleston, SC newspaper, published an article about the increasing amount of Americans looking for better job opportunities in dangerous fields – namely underwater welding. The article focused on a new diver welder, Quinton Ford, and his journey through the International Diving Institute.

The International Diving Institute offers a full-time, 4 month program that transform students into professional underwater welders. What are the requirements for enrolling? 

Application Requirements

  • You must be 18 or over
  • Know how to swim (you don’t need to know how to dive or weld)
  • Complete and send the application/enrollment agreement along with an application fee of $100 (the fee in non-refundable)
  • Present your official high school transcript or GED, driver’s license, original birth certificate, and social security card
  • Pass a physical exam

Some conditions that will disqualify you from consideration for the program include:

  • History of seizure disorder other than early childhood febrile (high fever) conditions.
  • Chronic alcoholism drug abuse, or history of psychosis
  • Grossly impaired hearing
  • Chronic conditions requiring continuous control by medication
  • Pregnancy

Tuition and Fees

  • Application Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
  • Tuition $11,000.00
  • Commercial Diving Equipment (approximately) (non-refundable) $1900.00+
  • Books (approximately) (non-refundable) $192.00
  • Physical (if performed by IDI’s physician) (non-refundable) $345.00
  • Mandatory random drug tests (minimum of 2 performed thru IDI) $100.00 (non-refundable)

Have you considered taking on underwater welding? Why or why not?



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