"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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Divers Medical

 

A Commercial DIVERS Medical is not the same as a sport divers medical, you must go to an approved WORKSAFE BC dive doctor or an approved  DCBC dive doctor.  You can get the doctor list from the following places:

  • DIVESAFE INTERNATIONAL - email us at info [at] divesafe [dot] com or phone us and we will be happy to mail you a copy  1-888-325-3483(DIVE)
  • WORKSAFE BC website
  • DCBC website
NOTE:  International Students can seek approval from the board (DCBC) to take the CSA medical forms to their local doctor as long as the doctor has experience with hyperbaric medicine. Go to our documents page to take a look at sample medicals

The doctors appointment is more extensive than a regular sport divers medical.  The appointment will entail (but possibly not limited to...) the following:

  • An extensive questionnaire
  • general checkup
  • sight test
  • blood pressure test

The doctor will then send you off to the hospital or lab to get a few other tests.  These tests may include:

  • Blood test
  • hearing test
  • long bone x-rays
  • stress test
The cost of the medical varies depending on the doctor, but it usually falls between $180 - $700.
The variation in cost is due to the following:
 
  • 1st time to get a divers medical or are you a return diver
  • age (over 40 - you need to do a stress test every 5 years, over 50 you need to do a stress test every year)
  • previous experiences (both as a diver and in your personal life)
  • type of diving you will be doing
  • doctors decision
  • 1 day divers medical
The time frame for the completion of the DIVERS medical can take up to 3 or 4 weeks.  BUT Don't panic... most medicals can be completed in a week.  And there are two doctors that can do the complete process for you in 1 day.  Many students coming from out of the country - stop in Vancouver and get their divers medical done in 1 day - then -  continue up to Campbell River.  The time frame of the medical depends on the following:
 
  • 1st time to get a divers medical or are you a return diver
  • age (over 40 - you need to do a stress test every 5 years, over 50 you need to do a stress test every year)
  • previous experiences (both as a diver and in your personal life)
  • type of diving you will be doing
  • doctors decision

PLEASE NOTE - IF YOU HAVE HAD ASTHMA OR ARE CURRENTLY ON ASTHMA MEDICATION and/or are on medication for depression - talk to your personal doctor before spending the money to get your commercial divers medical.  

REFER to our documents section of this website for a sample of the WORKSAFE Divers Medical "Fit to Dive"