Become a Restricted Surface Supply diver

Take your diving certification to the next level

So you’ve taken courses in recreational or commercial diving and, of course, you love it. Now it’s time to take your diving career to the next level!

Not only will our upcoming Restricted Surface Supply diving (RSS) course build upon your diving foundation, reignite or grow your enthusiasm for diving and offer a fresh challenge, it will open up a whole new range of employment opportunities in commercial diving. And, as with all our courses offered at DiveSafe International, we’ll ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running . . . or swimming, as the case may be.

What exactly does Restricted Surface Supply certification mean?

Graduates from our RSS course will achieve certification to the CSA standards for Restricted Surface Supply Diver. This certification allows the diver to conduct commercial diving operations using surface-supplied diving equipment to a maximum depth of 30 metres (100 feet). (At that depth there is no decompression diving.)

Graduates from this course can find work in a range of categories including, but not limited to, seafood harvesting (including geoduck), aquaculture, underwater engineering inspections, archeological investigation, salvage and recovery, police operations, underwater film production, light construction and emergency services rescue operations. With additional training RSS divers can also do underwater welding and cutting, use underwater hydraulic tools and more.

Typically divers with RSS can expect to start around $400+ a day, as opposed to an average of $200+ a day with Commercial Scuba Diver (CSD) certification.

What you can expect with our RSS course

Our RSS course runs for ten weeks, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 5:00; evening and weekend work is also required. If you received your CSD certification through DiveSafe International, the course is nine weeks.

A combination of theory and practical hands-on lessons, some of the topics covered include surface supply equipment (umbilical assembly, diving helmets, valves and fittings), low- and high-pressure air systems, emergency procedures, low visibility diving, industry regulations and other surface supply operations such as search and recovery, air lift and suction dredging and vessel salvage.

Course prerequisites and other details

In order to take the RSS course you must already have open water certification (recreational or commercial). You must also have a CSA Divers Medical, which states "Fit for Diving." Check out ourequipment list for specifics, but you must have your own drysuit, hood and fins.

Our next RSS course starts August 29, 2016.

For more information on this or other courses and their fees and schedules, please Feel free to email or call 1.888.325.3483 with specific questions.