Virtual Tour- Divers Institute of Technology


Hi, I’m Jeff Stiefel, an instructor here at DIT. I’m going to take you a virtual tour. DIT has a beautiful campus, located on Lake Union, in the heart of Seattle. Let’s go check out the classroom. So, in the first month, you learn the necessary medical and safety practices to get you in the water. This is our physics and medicine classroom. This is month one. This is where you’re going to learn how your body goes through changes in the water. Student: “The diversity of all the instructors and the backgrounds that everyone has here is helping me to decide where I want to go in this industry.” Now we’re heading toward the barges where you’re going to spend most of your time as a student here. Before we enter the barge, we like to have all the proper PPE on. Make sure our hard hat’s on, our PFD’s on. So this is barge six, where you’re going to do your introductory dive, you’re going to do your underwater rigging dives, as well as your underwater burning dives. Underwater burning is one of my favorites in the fact that you get to play with a Broco rod that’s 10,000 degrees at the tip, virtually cutting through anything in front of you. That’s why safety here is a priority. First and foremost, before we do anything, we want to make sure that everything is done, in steps, according to the standards. Safe safe safe. We always have two-way communications to our divers so basically the whole time in the water, our divers hear us, we hear them. Instructor: “Very good, thank you sir. You can go back to work.” Top-side always has control of air to the divers. In case there’s an emergency situation, we can fix it. This is one of our back-up bottles right here. We dive in real-world conditions. This is Lake Union, here in Seattle. You’re going to experience cold, limited or zero-visiblity. Everything trained here, is what you’re going to expect out there. So now we’re going to go visit barge seven. This is where our hydraulics and our salvage are. We’re going to take a look at some of the equipment they have over there. Follow me. So as you can see here, as we’re walking up, you can see the pontoons that we use to actually lift the salvage boats. Salvage is basically, we’re going to bring stuff that’s on the bottom up to the surface. So here at DIT, you’re going to experience putting lift bags to the actual boat, to the pontoons, and we’re going to bring ’em up to the surface. So now we’re on barge seven. This is where you’re going to learn about underwater hydraulics, such as underwater chainsaws. Underwater impact wrenches, and underwater jackhammers. They love this thing. Because it sounds like a machine gun underwater. So this is barge eight. This is where we teach HAZMAT and offshore. You’re going to work with zero-viz. It’s pretty much like closing your eyes in a dark room and still being required to work. “Blackout” means you can’t seeanything. We start off with taking some fully little blinders, We black out their masks That way they can’t see what they’re doing I like that this school is on open water. You’re not diving in a tank, where you’re going to be in clear. You’re actually doing real-life work, where it’s going to be black-out, a lot of times. So here, we have our hat room, where Mike is very excited to see you guys and show you the hats. Let’s go take a look. Welcome to the hat room! My name is Mike, director of life support here at DIT. I’m going to show you some hats. We’ve got almost every make and model of hat out there in the industry, so our students get a good experience at trying all the different makes and models, seeing what works for them. Here at DIT, you get a Kirby Morgan user-operator certification It pretty much allows you to do the pre- and post-dive setup So getting the hat ready, online – safely, And then getting it broke down, cleaned, and ready for stowage at the end of the day. So now we’re going to go take a look at our deep dives boat, the Response. It’s been out on the dive site for a couple days. So, our students dive to 165 feet, which requires surface decompression in a hyperbaric chamber. So we’ll go ahead and take a look at it. They are required to actually have surface decompression in the chamber. So now we’re going to head over to our welding shop, where you’re going to learn about underwater welding and topside welding. So I’m Josh Oxley. I’m the underwater welding instructor. And underwater burning instructor. We’re in our topside welding station. We’re practicing topside, to get them ready for the industry. So outside the main shop, we have our underwater welding tanks. We have two tanks, that are 5500 gallons each. The communication box allows me to come over here and talk the divers about their welding. Most people come here trying to underwater weld. They soon learn that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I was looking to get into something a little more my style, a little more hands-on, working with a good bunch of guys and doing something a little different. That’s what I chose to do, and that’s what they offer here. I’ve never left here with a question unanswered. I went from doing airborne in the military to the opposite, diving in the water. I’m loving every second of it.

12 thoughts on “Virtual Tour- Divers Institute of Technology”

  1. fantastic.
    I'm a firm believer in having multiple trades. or degrees
    this is most definitely cutting edge.
    before or after going to college.
    I personally think College is a waste of time but.
    I took photography my passion but it doesn't pay worth it.
    if I was younger man I be signing up
    maybe I should have combined diving with photography.
    I'm also an amateur welder.
    watching welding being done under water is very cool.

  2. Is there an age cut off for burning and welding? I keep hearing I'm too old at 40 to start a career doing this.

  3. Yea this is like a dream school for me.But I’m still in high school right now.But next school year will be my senior year pls help me out..😔

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