Commercial Diving Programs; Tales from the Field: Part I

Commercial Diving Programs; Tales from the Field: Part I

We dare you to look at this picture above and not hear the music from Jaws…………photo courtesy of Ryan Miller. Miller Marine

Grads from Divesafe’s Commercial Diving Programs come face to face with Great White Sharks! 


While getting up close and personal with great white sharks isn’t typical for DiveSafe International graduates who work locally, those who use their internationally recognized diving certification to find work farther afield get to see a whole different variety of marine life – some more impressive than others!

L Jay Shaw graduated from DiveSafe International’s Occupational (Commercial) Scuba Course in 2013. After working in Canada for a short while, he went to Australia and got his ADAS Part 1 Surface Supply certification so he could work in the aquaculture industry down under. He has since returned home to Canada and DiveSafe to crossover his Australian credentials to Canadian certification. Thanks L Jay for this great story…………………………………….

“The divers in Port Lincoln, South Australia, who work in the aquaculture industry on the tuna farms have to deal with a lot of great white sharks trying to get into the pens. The sharks cause damage to the pens and make diving to repair holes and remove “morts” [mortalities] a risky business.


DSI grads move to Australia for work.
Port Lincoln, Australia


To help keep the divers a bit safer, diving is done in buddy teams with one diver working and the other acting as a “safety diver” to keep an eye out for the sharks. The safety diver carries a powerhead, which is a six-foot-long pole with a 12-gauge shotgun shell or explosive charge on the tip. The powerhead fires by being pushed with sufficient force into an object . . . such as a shark.

This, too, can be a safety issue if the diver isn’t careful. The powerhead has to be armed before hitting the water and there’ve been a few cases of boats having holes blown into them by careless divers.

Despite all these precautions, divers are not always safe from the larger great whites. There’s just no stopping an 18-foot beast who thinks you are a tuna swimming on the outside of the pen!”


DiveSafe Commercial Diving Programs train divers for Canada and beyond…………………


DiveSafe commercial diver training programs are taught to the CSA level. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is recognized worldwide as a leader in setting the standard for commercial diving.

The other globally recognized standard is the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme or ADAS.

Once you have successfully completed your DiveSafe program you will be eligible for DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada) certification, which you can use anywhere in the world, including Australia.

The minimum requirement for working as a diver in Australia is an ADAS SSBA (surface supplied breathing apparatus) 30m ticket. The Canadian equivalent  is a Divesafe Restricted Surface Supply certification which is also a 30m ticket. 


Commercial Diving Programs
The director at Divesafe shows us how it’s done.


The opportunities for commercial divers right now is enormous so most applicants are taking the “Big Kahuna” Unrestricted Surface Supply Diver program (50m).

Imagine, when you are done working the farms down under, you could move into the offshore sector and work in Malaysia or Singapore for a change. The possibilities are endless.

There are work opportunities for those adventurous enough to head down under, and we’ve had a number of grads give it a go and then tour Australia. Sounds like the adventure of a lifetime.


Looking for a diving adventure in Australia or elsewhere?


Commercial diving provides a unique opportunity to work out of the country and see some of the world at the same time. DiveSafe has contacts with work opportunities in Australia and other places abroad. The best time to apply with companies in Port Lincoln is around August and September, prior to their warmer season. Check out our summer Commercial Diving Programs to ensure you’re ready to go when they’re ready to hire!


Divesafe grad working in Australia.
Kody Kryzanowski


Kody is a Divesafe grad from 2015. He’s pictured here working for Tassal.

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