Category: Diver Exploits

Diver Exploits: In Midlife, Eric Makes a Career Switch

At 47 years old, I was after a complete change of career. I worked for over 20 years in the motor trade as a mechanic and business owner. I decided to take the plunge and train as a commercial diver. I looked into training at both The Underwater Center in Fort William and Professional Diving Academy (PDA) in […]

Diver Exploits: After Panama, Gabriel Dives Around the World

Diver Exploits Gabriel Diver Feature

Since 1991, I’ve dived professionally. First, I worked only through scuba (in Panama), but after 2003, I began my commercial diving career with surface supplied diving equipment. I grew up in Panama Republic of Panama. At the young age of six, I took an interest in sea life from snorkeling around the islands. Three years later, […]

Diver Exploits: Joel Takes Underwater Experience to Premium Levels

Joel Training Underwater Centre Feature

I grew up on central London. When I say “central,” I mean between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. I can see the London Eye and The Shard from my bedroom window, it’s ace and it’s still home today! In September 2012, I traveled to study at Keele University which is somewhere between Manchester and Birmingham. I’m […]

Diver Exploits: Back in Offshore

Offshore Francis Feature

In 1980 most of the big civil engineering diving work sites were diminishing a bit in Belgium, and I decided therefore to return offshore where the activity was at its highest. I placed a phone call to Marseille and two days later was in a plane for Nigeria. Up to now, I had only worked offshore […]

Interview with Veteran, DIT graduate & Instructor Matt Jones

DIT Matt Jones Feature

Divers’ Institute has a proud history of being veteran owned and operated since 1968, and is a military friendly and VA approved school. Over half our instruction staff have served in the armed forces and in every class we welcome veterans alongside non-veterans, offering guidance, education and support in their transition to civilian life and […]

Diver Exploits: Justin’s Motivation for Underwater Welding at DAI


Years of welding experience. No diving experience. Here I go… I’ve applied and began my studies at Divers Academy International for this next phase of my life. In high school, I attended a technical school for three years to learn welding. I also attended welding classes at night at my local community college. My last […]

Diver Exploits: Billy’s Ocean of Opportunity at NU Polytech


Keep progressing in what you love, and find excitement in the challenges. Growing up in San Diego, California, I was pretty much born loving the ocean. I spent my early years wasting my summers at the beaches. A buddy and I would even ditch school in the winter and take ice-cold swims. I love the […]