Commercial Scuba Diver

Also known as Commercial SCUBA Diver/ Aquaculture Diver/Scientific Diver

This course will give the graduate certification to the CSA standards for an Unrestricted Occupational Scuba Diver. The CSA standards are recognized worldwide as a leader in setting the standard for Commercial diving. They are represented internationally by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). This certification allows the diver to conduct commercial diving operations using scuba equipment to a maximum depth of 40 metres (130 feet).

The scope of operations allowed under this level are aquaculture diving, seafood harvesting, engineering and environmental inspections, archaeological investigation, public safety diving, search and recovery, police operations, small vessel maintenance and underwater film/video production.

Key Course Information:

Course length: 5 weeks (Duration 200 hours)

  • Course hours: Fulltime 8:30am to 5pm (Monday to Friday and some weekend and evening work)

Course Pre-requisites:

In order to enroll in this course the applicant must:

  • Complete a CSA Divers Medical and be certified as "Fit for Diving" by a DCBC recognized Physician.
  • Have a basic recreational SCUBA certification through a recognized agency (Or take Divesafe's Open Water)
  • have a minimum 20 logged dives within the last 12 months. (Or take Divesafe's Commercial Prep Week)


Also included in the course:

In order to qualify for DiveSafe and DCBC certification these tickets will also be included:

  • certification in First Aid.
  • certification in Basic WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Identification Systems)
  • certification in Oxygen Therapy
  • Dive Accident Management

These courses are available through DiveSafe Intl. during the Occupational/Commercial  SCUBA program or you can get these courses before the program begins. - (Copies of your certificates need to be on file before the start of the program) 

What you will learn...

  • Underwater navigation & environmental survey work
  • Underwater search and recovery
  • Underwater hand tools & Rigging
  • Full face mask diving
  • Night diving & low visibility diving
  • Current diving & Dive rescue
  • Hull inspections
  • Engineering inspections
  • Life line / tether line diving
  • Seafood harvesting techniques
  • Diving within nets & aquaculture Diving techniques
  • Simulated Decompression diving
  • Underwater Video techniques


Registration Fee - 150.00

Books - 395.00

Tuition - 5950 

Certification Fees - 110.00

Certifications:  DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada) certification, DIVESAFE International certifications

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.  


DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada).

Note: tuition fees are tax exempt.  T2202A CRA tax forms will be sent to students in February after their graduating year.




Course Schedule

Start Date End Date Seats Available
FULL Waitlisted individuals are encouraged to get their divers medical in case a seat becomes available.
FULL Unrestricted 40m