Commercial diving – an excellent career choice

The What, Why and How of becoming a commercial diver

Does the thought of sitting at a desk all day make you cringe? Not into investing years of time and tens of thousands of dollars into a university degree? Looking for a job that offers the opportunity to try different things and work around the world?

Maybe it’s time to jump into a career as a commercial diver.

As Canada’s premier commercial dive school, at DiveSafe International we see people everyday who have decided to make a living through diving – and for good reason. Here’s a quick rundown on why occupational diving is an awesome career path.

Why diving is a great way to make a living

First and foremost, there is a lot of work out there for those who have the certification. We get calls every month from our different contacts letting us know about good-paying job opportunities or asking about graduates. And recent years have seen an increase in prospects – bucking the national trend of other industries. Truly, there has never been a better time to get into diving.

The other thing that our grads always mention is the variety of jobs that are available. Careers can be made in underwater welding, off-shore oil rig, construction diving, inland work, aquaculture, seafood harvesting, public safety, underwater survey, scientific diving, search and recovery, and, increasingly, in the film industry. Not only is it challenging work, but it’s interesting because it literally changes with the tides.

Located in Campbell River at the gateway to the spectacular Discovery Passage and in the heart of the aquaculture industry in BC, learning to dive with us also means you get to spend time on North Vancouver Island on the beautiful West Coast. And there are plenty of opportunities to stay once you graduate.

Who commercial diving might appeal to

If you enjoy the outdoors, the ocean, adventure and a challenge, commercial diving is for you. You will get well paid for your hard work. And the only suit that you’ll wear to the job is a drysuit!

What you can earn

I know, I know . . . that’s all well and good, but show me the money, right? As a certified occupational scuba diver you can expect to start at around $200 per day. Of course, if you are doing seafood harvesting it depends on how much you harvest, and that can range anywhere from $0 – $1,200 a day. As a surface supply diver you can expect to make more, typically around $400 a day.

How to start a career as a commercial diver

The easiest way to get started is to get in touch with us. At DiveSafe International, we run our five-week Commercial Scuba Diver courses, ten-week Restricted Surface Supply and seventeen-week Openwater/Commercial Diver course, which combines the Scuba and RSS courses, throughout the year.

The various courses have their own prerequisites, so check out the courses menu on our website for more information. And you will also have to undergo a commercial diver’s medical from an approved physician.

Time to make a change, make good money and start planning for the future? Get in touch! Whether you are completely new to diving, a recreational diver or looking to upgrade your current certification, we can work with you to get you working.

For more information on courses, schedules, prerequisites and all things commercial diving, check out our website at, email or call 1.888.325.3483.