The Best Underwater Welding Schools

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The Best Underwater Welding Schools
Finding an underwater welding school is the first step in starting a career in this exciting field. (Underwater image by Laur from

If you would like your "office" to be in the water, there are many career options from which to choose. One you may want to consider is a career as an underwater welder. Obviously, formal training to become an underwater welder is a must. Enrolling in an underwater welding school is the first step toward obtaining that necessary training and ultimately achieving this career goal.

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Divers Academy International

Divers Academy International offers a five-month program for individuals interesting in training for a career in underwater welding. It is one part of the academy's commercial deep sea diving program. Divers Academy International requires applicants to meet several criteria: a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and proficiency in written and oral English skills and mechanical skills. They need to have strong swimming skills and be in good physical shape. A solid work ethic is also important. A scuba background can be valuable, but it is not a requirement.

All applicants must possess a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED). Candidates must be proficient in written and oral English skills as well as mechanical skills. Applicants must be competent swimmers and have a positive and productive work ethic. Students must be drug free, physically fit and have no medical restrictions during their training program. Previous scuba experience is helpful but not required.

Commercial Diving Academy

Commercial Diving Academy offers a 20-week program and it is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). Among its affiliations is one from the American Welding Society (AWS). The academy's underwater welding specialist training is conducted in association with Speciality Welds Limited in the U.K. By the end of the program, students will possess "high quality Manual Metal Arc (MMA) welding skills both above and below water," according to the academy's website.

According to the Commercial Driving Academy's website, the underwater welding course work consists of these components: safe underwater welding procedures; MMA welding plant and equipment; underwater welding techniques; preparing to weld; electrodes and weld terminology; basic weldability and common weld defects; monitor and control welding operations; quality assurance and quality control; and join steel plates using the three standard techniques.

Divers Institute of Technology

Divers Institute of Technology offers a seven-month program in commercial diving. The program consists of 21 courses, including welding and underwater welding. Students can earn a variety of certifications upon completing the course work, including the Association of Dive Contractors International (ADCI) Entry Level Tender/Diver Certification.

Students need to possess proper diving gear by the fifth week of courses. According to the institute's website, as of 2010, students should expect to spend about £1,170 to £1,300 on gear. The gear includes a dry suit with inflation whip, five finger diving gloves and hood, as well as a mask, snorkel and fins.

There are three main requirements for admission into the program. Prospective students must be 18 years of age or older and possess a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). They also need to complete an ADCI dive physical before classes begin. Divers Institute of Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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