Diving the HMCS Columbia
Divesafe International students get to dive the HMCS Columbia during their Commercial SCUBA and Surface Supply courses. The Columbia is a 112 meter (366ft) destroyer which was decommissioned and sunk on June 22, 1996 off the shores of Quadra Island just outside of Campbell River. This is the third naval destroyer to be sunk by the Artificial Reef Society of...Read More
What is DCBC? And why do we need it?
The DCBC - Diver Certification Board of Canada The DCBC is the only national occupational diver certification agency in Canada. The DCBC also audits and accredits diver training establishments in Canada and some of the USA, using the Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) competency and training standards as the basis for accreditation. All working divers in Canada are required to belong...Read More
COVID-19 YES, we are open!
COVID-19 YES - we are open! We are getting tons of inquiries asking if we are open. And the answer is a resounding "Yes we are up and running" and following strict guidelines for distancing and self isolating. As long as students follow the guidelines we can continue to train. An Occupational SCUBA Diver Class graduated today (June 25th). We...Read More
The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan said it best... The Times they are a changin'... and so are we. Due to the current events surrounding COVID-19. We are moving much of our course content online in order to encourage social distancing protect our students protect our staff slow down the spread of the virus do our part to protect our communities help our current...Read More
THIS IS WHERE WE TRAIN!
This is where we train and work! The OCEAN! Dolphins, orcas, eagles, seals (loads of seals), sea lions, otters and so much more. This is just a few of the critters that are part of our every day life at DIVESAFE. Of course we also get the amazing weather; summers with vast blue skies, oceans so clear you can practically...Read More
Three of the coolest tools we use Underwater
Ocean Training makes for tough divers When one considers tools a diver might employ underwater the chainsaw isn't likely to be the first thing that comes to mind. It sure beats using a handsaw however when you are trying to cut down an old wooden pile in a marina. The hydraulic chainsaw is just one of the machine tools we...Read More
What is a professional diver?
What makes a professional diver? Although there are many definitions for a professional, in the diving industry we are commonly defined as: 1. a diver who has been properly trained in the skill by an agency recognized by industry authorities. IN Canada the authority is DCBC(Diver Certification Board of Canada) 2. a professional diver works with other professionals in order...Read More
Campbell River - Gateway to wilderness
OCEAN OCEAN OCEAN! - being surrounded by ocean affects your life, play, work and health! Campbell River is a young, vibrant & growing city! Situated on Discovery Passage at the mid point of Vancouver Island's east coast, Campbell River is a natural ocean travel and distribution gateway, providing access by road, sea and air to northern Vancouver Island and the...Read More
Geoduck DIVERS - A breed of their own
Geoduck divers are highly skilled divers who work from dive vessels in the remote pristine waters along the coast of British Columbia. They usually harvest in the "winter" months and get paid by the weight of their harvests. A good diver can make a "S*** load of money"! They are required to be trained to the minimum level of Restricted...Read More
Our most recent Unrestricted surface supply class graduated in December 2018. This group was particularly motivated when it came to finding work after they graduated. Typically presented towards the end of the course, they wanted their career opportunities day at an early stage of the program and were sending resumes after just a few weeks. This enticed a couple of...Read More