KELLY KOROL - DIRECTOR OF TRAINING
DiveSafe International’s founder is Kelly Korol. Kelly began his diving adventures in 1977 when he first took his Open water Diver course at the age of 17, in Edmonton, Alberta. His check-out dives were in Port Hardy, BC and that’s where he fell in love with the ocean. From there Kelly moved to Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan Valley where he continued diving and started his commercial diving career. As he started working on larger and larger dive projects, he soon realized that he needed more training so in 1984, he went to the College of Oceaneering in Los Angeles CA, where he graduated with his Air/Mixed gas Bell Saturation diploma and an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Upon returning to Canada, he worked the coast of BC doing everything from construction diving, pulp mill and hydro dam work as well as seafood harvesting and film industry diving. In 1996 Kelly was offered the Head Instructor position for Commercial Diving at North Island College, and he happily accepted. At the time, WorkSafe BC changed its regulations and required all commercial divers to have training to the CSA Standard. As Head instructor he represented all Western Canadian commercial divers including seafood harvesters, the aquaculture & film industry and scientific divers and trained hundreds of divers bringing them up to commercial diving standards and helped define commercial dive regulations as they have evolved to the current day.
In 2005, Kelly fulfilled his dream of owning his own Commercial dive school and started DIVESAFE International. Today, Divesafe International is the largest commercial dive school in Canada and has plans to keep growing. Kelly’s passion for teaching and commercial diving is evident in the care and passion he brings to the business.
Kelly remains an active member of the CSA Technical Dive committee setting standards for commercial diving and works as a diving consultant for national and international aquaculture companies. At 55, he is still an active commercial diver and dive supervisor and has no plans of slowing down.
“Our goal is to build the finest dive school in Canada and assist our graduates in finding the underwater career they desire” - Kelly K.
Contact Kelly at DiveSafe International: info [at] divesafe [dot] com
PETER BUDDEN: DIVE SUPERVISOR
Peter has been diving since 1991 and started commercial diving in 1999 after returning to Canada from abroad. He spent many years working in the local Aquaculture Industry as a commercial diver before joining DiveSafe. In 2009 Peter became a DCBC certified Restricted Surface Supply Supervisor through the Divers Institute of Technology. As well as Supervising Peter is responsible for enrollment at DiveSafe International.
To get more information on the DIVESAFE courses contact Peter by email at:peter [at] divesafe [dot] com
ADRIAN HEAL: DIVE SUPERVISOR/PADI INSTRUCTOR
Adrian was born in Hamilton, Ontario but spent the majority of his life living in Barbados. He started scuba diving at an early age and ended up getting married to his Open Water instructor. Together they owned a dive shop for a few years called Dive Pro Barbados. He then went on to pursue commercial diving and attended the Canadian Working Divers Institute for his Surface Supply certification in 2008. Adrian got his foot in the door after graduation and spent six years working offshore in the Caribbean.
He became a saturation diver in 2010 and ran a commercial diving company for several years. In 2014 Adrian and his family moved to the West Coast and he joined DiveSafe as full time commercial diving instructor and supervisor. He is highly skilled with mechanics and you can often find him working on the dive helmets or improving the dive barge.
Contact Adrian by email at: adrian [dot] heal [at] divesafe [dot] com
MAXWEL HOHN: DIVE SUPERVISOR
Maxwel grew up in Pender Harbour, BC. He became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor when he was 18 in Utila, Honduras. For 8 years he travelled abroad working from country to country as a diving instructor at resorts, dive centres and on private yachts. He has experience working as a deckhand on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska and around the coast of BC. At DiveSafe Maxwel is our head PADI instructor and commercial SCUBA Dive Supervisor for the Occupational SCUBA and an assistant for the Surface Supply programs. He also runs the PADI Dive Master programs and is responsible for website updates, social media and underwater photography/videography for the school. Check out his cool photography and drone videos online!
Maxwel attended the Commercial Diving Institute of Canada in Kelowna, BC for his Unrestricted Surface Supply and Occupational Scuba Diver certifications. The majority of his commercial diving experience has been on civil projects around Vancouver Island, Northern BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Contact Maxwel by email: maxwel [dot] hohn [at] divesafe [dot] com
HEATHER KIDD: PADI INSTRUCTOR
Heather is who you may reach when you call the dive store. She was born on the Island but after graduation moved to Australia where she travelled and trained for her Open water Diver. She returned to Canada to attend Capilano Colleges PADI Instructor program. Upon completion she did her practicum with SCUBA Caribe in Mexico, living and teaching diving in Cozumel and Playa de Carmen. After her practicum she moved to Grand Cayman where she spent three years with Ocean Frontiers then moved to little Cayman for her final year and half of travelling in the Carribean.
Heather says some of her most memorable experiences were shark tagging, swimming with a pod of dolphins - (UNDERWATER)! But she most remembers when she jumped off the boat in snorkel gear, landing on a feeding Tiger Shark!
She is now settled into DiveSafe International, Heather loves to teach all levels of PADI courses and is a natural on the boats. Call Heather and she can further your diving education!
Contact Heather by email: info [at] divesafe [dot] com