"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
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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Instructors

 

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 - Commercial SCUBA & SURFACE Supply courses

  

Peter  Budden – Head Commercial SCUBA Dive Instructor

Peter has been with DIVESAFE International  for 12 years.  He is instrumental in DiveSafe’s success and its growth.  He is the head Commercial SCUBA Instructor and is the one you will talk with when you need information about the course.   Peter grew up in Vancouver, and got into diving after high school.  He travelled extensively in his 20s working and visiting the Middle East, Australia,  Asia and Europe from a home base in England, where he met and married his sweetheart Elizabeth.   

In the later 90’s Peter returned to Canada and settled into Campbell RIver where he became a commercial diver, training under Kelly Korol at North Island College.  He  has gone on to have a successful career  in the aquaculture industry as well as environmental assessment diving, construction and inspection diving.   He has continued to grow and learn by training as a Surface Supply diver and Supervisor.  

Peter knows the local waters and the local aquaculture dive industry inside and out.  His contacts help DiveSafe grads get employment and he is the fellow you want to talk too for employment upon graduation!

And don’t mess up his boat  “Reefseeker” 

 

To get more information on the DIVESAFE courses contact Peter by email at:peter [at] divesafe [dot] com

 

ADRIAN HEAL: DIVE SUPERVISOR - Commercial SCUBA & Surface Supply Courses

   

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 - Commercial SCUBA & Surface Supply Courses

  

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.  

 

 

 

 

 HEATHER KIDD: PADI INSTRUCTOR /Administration

 

 

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