The Ocean Corporation
Timeline and Milestones
Recognizing the growth of Oil and gas production offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ocean Corporation incorporated as a commercial diver training facility in Houston, Texas, in order to facilitate the demand for qualified commercial divers.
Became the first U.S. commercial diving school to offer internationally recognized commercial diver certifications allowing Ocean Corp graduates to work worldwide. Currently, The Ocean Corporation issues three international commercial diving certifications—more than any other commercial.
Entered into a joint venture agreement with Oceaneering International—one of the world’s top commercial diving companies and a NASA space sciences contractor.
Bought Oceaneering’s interest in the ventures and became an independent commercial diver training organization.
Drawing on the real-world experience of its diving personnel, The Ocean Corporation organized a Diving Operations Division (DOD) and began providing specialized inland and nuclear power plant diving services.
The Ocean Corporation was the first commercial diving school in the U.S. to include Bell Diving training in its core curriculum. As Oil and gas exploration began moving into deeper waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Corp recognized the need for divers trained to at these increased depths and pressures.
Divers from The Ocean Corporation’s Diving Operations Division conducted the first operational commercial dives inside a nuclear power plant in the U.S.
Moved to newer, the larger facility at 5709 Glenmont in Southwest Houston.
Became the first commercial diving school in the U.S. to include underwater welding and cutting in its core curriculum.
Began the first underwater NDT/Inspection Diver training program in the U.S.
Graduated 1000 students since 1969!
Founded the National Association of Diver Medical Technicians (NADMT).
Moved to a new 1.9-acre location at 10840 Rockley Road in Houston; set up one of the largest commercial diver training facilities in the world.
Became the first commercial diving school to include Nuclear & Contaminated Diving procedures into its core curriculum.
Purchased an additional 2.3 acres of land adjoining the campus making a total of 4.2 acres.
Became the first and only commercial diving educator in the U.S. to become a Full Member of the world renowned International Diving Schools Association (IDSA).
First commercial diving school in the U.S. to become a corporate member of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).
Graduated 5000 students since 1969!
First commercial diving school in the U.S. to become a corporate member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT).
Became the first commercial diving educator in the U.S. to incorporate remotely operated vehicles (ROV) into the training program.
Ocean Corporation graduate Marni Zabarsky became the first female saturation diver in the Gulf of Mexico.
Recognizing the growing demand for NDT inspectors trained to inspect the nation’s nuclear power plants, refineries, and other infrastructure, Nondestructive Testing (NDT) was added as a separate and distinct academic program.
Became the first commercial diving educator in the U.S. to become a member of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).
Chosen by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as the location for the first API QUTE qualification exams.
Aided in the development of the Gorski G2000 Commercial Dive hat developed by Ocean Corporation graduate, Leszek Gorski.
The Radiographic Testing training manual used worldwide by most every NDT educator teaching today was written by an Ocean Corporation instructor.
Became the first and only commercial diving educator in the U.S. to issue IMCA international commercial diving certifications. Ocean Corporation alumnus, Ernie Wheeler, was the first recipient of an IMCA commercial diving certification issued in the U.S.
Recognized as School of Distinction by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
Ocean Corp training tanks, facilities, and diving personnel used first subsea cut using the Integra SEAStallion Diamond Wire Cutting Machine. The SEAStallion Diamond Wire Cutting Machine is most notable for its extensive use in 2011 during the Deepwater Horizon oil platform explosion and sinking.
Ocean Corp training tanks and diving personnel were used to facilitate the Lloyd’s of London underwriting qualifications for the One Atmosphere HARDSUITS developed by Oceanworks International.
Graduated 10,000 students since 1969!
Consulted With NASA engineers on design and development of equipment that may be used during future space missions.
Ocean Corporation president and owner, John Wood, served as Chair of the Accrediting Commission of
The Ocean Corporation training department received a Training Innovator Award for self-paced tutorials from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
Ocean Corporation alumnus and admissions representative, Mike Oden, served as chair of the Greater Houston Section of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. The GHASNT is the largest chapter of ASNT in the World.
Designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.