"Best Instructor I have had in all my years of schooling"
- Grad
"I liked the short course time"
- student
"I really enjoyed the flexible approach the instructor(s) took in allowing students to address and solve problems on our own and learn through experience"
- Inshore Surface Supply
Impressed with the quality of instruction!
- Graduate
"Kelly and his team are very well known in the industry"
- Sasha
"This course took my career to a new level"
- Mike
Instructors were fun and professional - I had a great time.
- Grad
"I appreciate all the staffs commitment. They genuinely want you to succeed"
- Matt
Very good and knowledgable instructors. Thank you
- CSD Grad
Loved the location, the marina is the best
- Happy Grad
You have a great program, and also a great staff, it was a pleasure being able to come out and take your course.
- RSS Grad
They have told me that I am way more prepared than any other starting employee they have ever had. That's where I owe everyone there thanks. I feel confident in what I am doing, and it has shown. I want to thank everyone there for teaching me what it takes to be a diver, and giving me the knowledge and confidence I need.
- T. Carnahan
Excellent school, awesome instructors. I am so glad I went to DiveSafe, they have helped me to get lots of work after graduation!
- James
I did not really know what to expect from a commercial dive course, but Divesafe provided a great experience and a course that more than prepares you for the diving industry. Also incredibly helpful getting work for recent graduates. I had three or four opportunities right out of school thanks to the Divesafe staff. All in all I learned a lot and had a great time doing it. Still have nightmares about that birdhouse though!
- Paul Hinton
Divesafe gave me the skills needed to be a commercial diver. All of the instructors are top notch and have a ton of knowledge to share. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. DiveSafe grad 2016
- Kane Punnett
I finished the commercial scuba class and swim away impressed, educated, and supported. The training and equipment are top notch and the staff are friendly, reliable, and knowledgeable. I go out into the underwater world equipped with practical skills while knowing Divesafe is there for me, like a family, providing, support, encouragement, job postings, and advice. If I could give more stars in this review I would! DiveSafe Grad 2016
- Rob Field
Ongoing support and contact about future opportunities has lead to work immediately after the course. Biological surveys, boat work and now on a urchin harvester Kirby. Rock on Divesafe!! Couldn't be more prepared. DiveSafe International Education
- Matthew Kirby
Ahoy just completed my occupational unrestricted scuba with nitrox last week. What a jumpstart into the commercial diving world. Divesafe has an outstanding dive and ofifice staff helping you all the way though.
- Matthew Kirby
From the beginning they were extremely well organized and clear with a complete class and dive schedule. That definitely helped me complete the course by knowing which day what sections were being covered and allowed me proper preparation prior.
- Matthew Kirby

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Commercial Diving Jobs And Employers

Careers in commercial diving

Commercial diving is a catch-all term that describes a professional who is paid to go underwater to perform specific tasks. There is a multitude of industries that require commercial divers right across Canada, and many job opportunities for commercial divers right here in British Columbia!

Commercial divers may spend days or even weeks on-site, especially for offshore or media projects, but they tend to have lots of days off in-between. Here on Vancouver Island, many divers work in the aquaculture industry, harvesting geoduck and shellfish.

Commercial divers may find employment in:

  • Archeological diving
  • Aquaculture
  • Bridge inspection, construction and repair
  • Environmental surveys
  • Film industry
  • Flotation devices maintenance
  • Geoduck harvesting
  • Herring roe surveys
  • Inshore dredging & pipeline construction
  • Medical and emergency care for diving illnesses and accidents
  • Offshore oilfield diving
  • Platform construction, inspection, maintenance and removal
  • Pulp mill service
  • Rock drilling and blasting
  • Underwater Salvage
  • Seafood harvesting
  • Scallop harvesting
  • Scientific diving
  • Search and recovery
  • Seismic surveying
  • Sewage line installation and maintenance
  • Site surveys prior to installation
  • Submersible operations
  • Surface geological appraisal
  • Underwater inspection, installation, repair or maintenance
  • Underwater photography or videography
  • Underwater surveys
  • Underwater welding and cutting
  • Urchin harvesting
  • Water line installation, inspection, repair or maintenance
  • Wellhead repair and maintenance