Beau Hogans Review

I finished the ADAS part three course about two months ago and it was honestly the best thing I could of done. I am on the big bucks and living an awesome life now and owe a lot to CDA. By big bucks, I mean the first day after the course ended. I was working and earning $800 a day. I have no contacts in the industry and here I am, making more in two days than I would In a week.

Before the course, I was already a diesel mechanic, driving cranes for many years. I was on an ok hourly wage and kept asking myself why take the risk of doing a three month course, when I might not even get a good job, or heck, any job. What if I have to go back to being a mechanic and just wasted three months of my life. I almost enrolled a year or so ago, but just couldn’t pull the trigger. And being a commercial diver stayed a pipedream.

The reason I did the course, was the team in the office, talked to me for an hour about diving and how they will help find me a job. He told me that every single person able to work in Australia who trained with them last year found employment, not only did they find employment , but they found jobs working where they wanted, if they wanted to work on a fish farm, boom on a fish farm, if they wanted a job in construction work, boom civil was where they found a job. I thought this seemed to good to be true, but hey life is short. So I said screw it, lets do the course. I booked on the first course of the year, part one, two and three, nervous but excited at the same time.

On my last week of ADAS part three, I still hadn’t found a job. The others on part three had, the few guys who left on part two, yes they were on less than the other guys on part three would be, but they all had jobs. And I hadn’t, this was literally my fear, wasting three months to do a course, and not having a job. I had no prospects, no one I called was looking for divers. I was damn nervous and spoke with the owner, tutors and office team.

The next day, I had an email. I was offered a job earning $800 a day working onshore in Melbourne. I couldn’t stop smiling. I am not kidding, one phone call from CDA, and I went from $33 an hour to $800 a day. One phone call and a three month course doubled what I could earn before.

I can not stress this enough, CDA is awesome. They will find you a job. They will work with you and teach you to a higher standard than any other school in Australia. They use all offshore equipment. There is no one else you should do your course with and no reason not to do part three. I am just a guy who went from a good wage, to making the big bucks.

Thanks you to everyone in the CDA team, you are all awesome.

Beau Hogan

Melbourne based diver

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Hi , I’m 34 am I to old to do it ? Right now I only have an advanced open water PADI. I used to work in construction from 15 -21 years old. The last 13 years I’ve been teaching English in Asia but I’d love to do something more physical again and I love diving but no money in PADI I want to make big bucks. I only have a UK passport.. would it be possible for you to help me find work in Oz or Asia after ?

    1. Hey that is a great question. for starters the average age of our graduates is about 30 years in age, so you are certainly not to late at all to join the industry. in fact with your past experience in construction and general life skills it is likely you will do really well.

      we will help all our graduates find work where they legally can, so if you have a visa to work in Australia we will aid in Australia. In Asia we have many contacts and can help you there as well.

      kind regards,
      the team at CDA (The Commercial Dive Academy Tasmania)

  2. hi i am a 38 year old ship captain living in Australia. I am looking for a bit of change in my career as i have been sailing for the past 20 years. Firstly am I too old to start off and secondly would you provide a guarantee of landing me a job if I do the course. thanks.

    1. Hey Sudhir,

      for starters the average age of a CDA graduate is 31 years old. which means we get a large range of student ages. We get younger students straight out of school (you have to be 18 to join any ADAS or IMCA course that we run) on our dive courses but we also get much older. The average age of an offshore diver is in the 40’s i’ll have to check the most up to date statistics to give you an accurate number, but i believe from memory it was mid 40’s.

      we can never guarantee that you will find work after completing the course, as there are so many factors that are behind finding employment that we can not control. that said, we will work with any and all of graduates to aid in them finding work.
      During the course, we will help with CV’s and passing on contacts that are looking for divers. in the last week, we will make calls on your behalf where needed and suitable and just as importantly, any past graduates who are ready to move on from there existing jobs, we will always keep up to date on good companies looking for divers at the next level.

      We are proud to boast a 100 % employment rate for all graduates who are eligible to work in Australia, and we will strive to maintain this statistic as long as possible. in 2018 roughly 50 percent of our part three graduates had work lined up offshore following the end of the course.

      Whilst none of this is a guarantee that you will find work, the statistics speak for themselves, if you want a job in Aquauculture, Construction, offshore or more, we are as good of a bet as you can ask for.

      kind regards,
      The team at CDA (The Commercial Dive Academy Tasmania)

  3. Hi, Sudhir,

    I couldn’t help but reply to your statement where your age is a concern.
    I completed my course in 2019. Since you have 20 years at sea, this shouldn’t be too much of a task. It’s only a matter of learning a new skill, which is taught by the best instructors with prior experience in the industry. You will miss the instructions once you’re out, trust me. 😀
    Everything taught and approached keeping real-life situations in mind.
    Since you are based in Australia, it shouldn’t be a problem to find work, at all! And everyone at CDA has told you that, and they will make sure you get one. I would suggest going all the way, i.e. Part 3 SSBA 50m in diving. Hope you have already enrolled as this comment is a couple of months too late! If not, I suggest you get on it. Don’t mean to pressure you, haha! By the way, I was 38 when I enrolled so… All the best!

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