Commercial Dive Supervisor CSA/DCBC

This course is designed to certify experienced commercial divers in one component of the 4(four) components to achieve dive supervisor certification.

Graduates of this course will have the theoretical training in order to apply for supervisor status when they also have the other components that are required.    This course emphasizes leadership skills, risk assessment, industry regulations, and professionalism. Certification is required for supervisors in some provinces.

Included in this course:

1. Dive Supervisor - theory component

2. Dive Accident Management

To apply for the online Supervisor course please follow these links.  Once you have completed the application form you will receive access to the Online Supervisor Course and instructions on reading assignments.

1. Supervisor Course application form



There are no prerequisites for this DiveSafe International course. However, there are 4 components you must have in order to apply for DCBC supervisor status.  This course meets the requirement for component 4.

Components required to apply for CSA/DCBC Dive Supervisor Certification

1. Copies of 100* logged commercial dives over a minimum of 3* years

2. Documented Supervisor Trainee Experience of 16* Supervisor dives under direction of a qualified USS Supervisor.

3. Documented proof of 3 mock(sham) incidents as a Trainee Supervisor under direct observation of a qualified USS Supervisor.

4. Formal Dive Supervisor training taught to CSA Z275.5 by an authority recognized by DCBC (ie Kelly Korol at DIVESAFE International)

* may be less for RSS and Occupational/Commercial SCUBA candidates... (check DCBC regs)
*Points 1/2 and 3 are expected to be completed in the field and to be documented in a professional divers logbook. 

If a candidate is lacking any requirements of Point 2 or 3 it can be covered over a 2 day period, with the candidate supervising students in a practical dive setting under the direction of a certified DCBC Supervisor/Instructor.  The cost is to be determined.

Candidates may take the DiveSafe International Supervisor course (Point 4) before other components are completed.

Course Duration:

This course is designed to run a duration of 32 hours which entails

  • online theory self study 
  • online video conference 

Normal contact hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm with a 30-minute lunch break. Course hours may be modified to reflect the abilities of the learner or the number of learners. Course contact hours do not include suggested homework times and extra-curricular activities.


Course Content:

This Dive Supervisor course will cover occupational dive theory outlined in CSA Z275.5 which includes elements of supervising, motivation and communication, legal responsibilities, Health and Safety, Site Emergencies and accident investigation, dive accident management and management planning.

Topics addressed within course:

  • Module 1: Elements of Supervising
  • Module 2: Motivation and Communication
  • Module 3: Legal Responsibilities
  • Module 4: Occupational Health and Safety regulations
  • Module 5: Health and Safety
  • Module 6: Emergencies and accident investigation
  • Module 7: Dive Accident prevention/planning and management.

Successful candidates will also receive their Dive Accident Management Certification.



Registration Fee - 0

Books - included in tuition

Tuition - 895.00. (includes Certification in Dive Accident Management)                 

Certification Fee - none

This course is approved by DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada).
This course does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, skills & training.  As it is considered a "short course". As such, the registrar did not review this program.   
This course is approved and authorized by DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada)