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- 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
The instructors were professional and fun, I appreciated the constructive criticism. The projects were hard but teach you a lot.
- SCUBA Grad 2017
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
The SCUBA course was both exciting and educating and the instructors are knowledgeable 10/10 I would refer this course to anyone.
- SCUBA Grad 2017
I really enjoyed the projects. They were great ways to get experience using tools underwater. Before the barrel project I had only used a come-along once on the surface, I learned to use it pretty quick during that project! The bird house project was really fun and way more difficult than I thought it was going to be! - Ethan SCUBA Grad May 2017
- DiveSafe Grad 2017
I like the diversity of each others experience and how it shaped my own. Where you help someone in one area, they often can help in another. - Robert SCUBA Grad May 2017
- Grad 2017
Awesome instructors who are knowledgeable, patient and helpful. I learned tons of practical diving skills im going to use in the commercial diving industry. - Alec SCUBA Grad May 2017
- 2017 SCUBA Grad
I came in with no dive experience and leaving with professional knowledge - thank you DiveSafe!
- OSD class 2017

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Current Class Blog

Tue, 2017-03-14


Those of us in the Surface Supply Program have been quite busy these past few weeks. After splitting up with the Occupational SCUBA Program, we got right into orientation dives with the surface supply equipment. We learned about inspecting and coiling umbilicals, how to 'plumb' the system together, and rack operation including standardized phrases when talking on the comms. If DiveSafe is is one thing it's a hands on training centre and we didn't have to wait long before we were learning to do bailout checks and jumping in the water with the Kirby Morgan Superlite 17K, the KMB28, and the Gorski helmut. At DiveSafe we are able to learn and dive at the same time allowing us to get lots of dive time.

After a good number of orientation dives we stepped back into the classroom for some more theory. We spent a day learning about enriched air theory then spent a day blending up 'nitrox' using a variety of methods, and then we went to the wreck of HMCS Columbia to dive using the gas we mixed! The Columbia is a 366 foot battleship sunk as an artificial reef near Maude island. Diving the Columbia was an awesome experience that none of us will soon forget. The following day we got started on our first project, the shot of chain! As a group we worked to string out a shot of chain between two dock pilings roughly 75 feet apart. After we got the chain as tight as possible using a come-along, we used a line and a prussic to sink a 55 gallon blue rain barrel full of foam. Once down we had to rig it and re-rig it all the way along the chain from one piling to the other and then back again. A feat easier said than done. The barrel was not allowed to reach the surface because if it did we would have to start all over again. We were able to complete the project on our first attempt but it took us five days. I think I speak for everyone when I say we were all happy to have all the project materials back on deck. It was our first lesson in rigging and  an excellent experience in 'underwater problem solving.'

The next project had us building boxes underwater! This project is used to help us work on task management as well as to give us the skills to build concrete forms. We had some expert box builders who received top marks on their first go, and then there were a few of us (myself included) who needed a second try. We were all able to finish up and head home feeling satisfied and ready for the weekend. We are really starting to get comfortable with the different roles and procedures of a surface supply operation and we look forward to every new day and the challenges they bring.

  Ben Boykiw


Visit Ben here next week for his take on the 'Big Nasty' project and the Blacked-Out Riser pipe project. Two very big challenges, a real test of the students endurance and their patience. Two projects that go a long way in showing them life as a commercial diver.