International Diving Institute Opens a World of Possibilities with Commercial Diving


International Diving Institute(IDI) of North Charleston plans to revolutionize the way commercial diving is viewed. With world class instruction and hands-on experience, IDI provides training for a variety of commercial diving career paths.

IDI is one of the pioneers in the commercial diving industry. Graduates go on to work on dams, bridges, waterways, and more. While underwater welding is a common career choice, these divers also work for environmental companies, oil companies, city governments – the list goes on. Daily, commercial divers put themselves into a situation most never dream of.

“This line of work is not for the fainthearted,” said Sergio Smith, President and CEO of IDI. “It’s a very unique training and a very unique experience.”

The institute is one of only 12 schools worldwide teaching commercial diving. Students come from all walks of life and go through an intense process of elimination until only the elite are enrolled. IDI ensures high quality instruction by limiting their classes to a maximum of 12 as well as providing hands on training.

Students spend half their time in the classroom and the other half in the water during their 16 weeks of education. This allows for more one on one teaching and results in highly prepared, certified divers.

IDI is certified in underwater wet welding through Lloyds Register Welder Performance Qualification. Lloyds is recognized and accepted globally as the official stamp of approval for any welding instruction.

Once a student has passed the basic course, they can go on to take an advanced underwater welding certification course. This class provides 80 hours of additional instruction in welding at ambient pressure with the diver in the water. Graduates emerge with certifications from both IDI and Lloyds Register.  Advanced courses are also available for underwater burning and hazmat.

After completing training and certification, commercial divers are eligible for careers all around the world. Divers follow one of two paths: inland or offshore diving. Inland divers work around waterway, rivers and lakes. They find themselves on bridge inspections, work for hydroelectric plants, or get involved at a water treatment facility.

Offshore divers primarily work on oil rigs, both floating and stationary, and salvage. Opportunities are also becoming available in offshore wind farms. Whichever path they take, commercial divers are a vital part of many industries.

“Commercial divers today are the pioneers of the future. Our oceans haven’t even begun to be explored yet,” said Smith.

International Diving Institute is located in North Charleston, SC. You can find them online or on Facebook at

Media Contact: Chelsea Nodine, Brandefined, 9712385255, [email protected]





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