Divers BLOG

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...

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Diving the Columbia

Divesafe 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 British...

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Meet our Instructor - Peter Budden

Peter Budden ‚Head Commercial SCUBA Dive Instructor Peter has been with DIVESAFE International for 12 years. He is instrumental in DiveSafe's success and its growth. He is the head Commercial SCUBA Instructor and is the one you will talk with when you need information about the course. Peter grew up in Vancouver, and got into diving after high school. He...

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DCBC - Why do we need this cert??

DCBC is the Divers Certification Board of Canada. It is the only national body which certifies offshore and inshore occupational divers in Canada. It operates on a not-for-profit basis (cert fees are used to support the organization) OK, bare with me...hear comes a mouthful.... DCBC is a federally incorporated, government -recognized, independent corporation with a single mission: "To provide a...

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Campbell River - Gateway to the wilderness

We are a young city, vibrant, growing! 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 coast regions. Campbell River is enhanced by the unlimited access to ever changing ocean views and activities,...

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Meet Our Instructors -- Director of Training, Kelly Korol & ...

Meet a couple of our instructors. In the middle is Kelly Korol - Kelly is the Director of Training and Owner of DIVESAFE International. Basically "the captain of this ship". He has extensive background in commercial diving having worked in everything from aquacultue, seafood harvesting, scientific, the movie industry, construction, underwater welding and more... His passion (after diving) is teaching....

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Ocean training, the most rewarding and valuable.

Located on the edge of discovery, Campbell River lies at the mouth of the Discovery Passage, and along the inside passage, a popular route for vessels and visitors seeking the wildlife viewing opportunities that this part of the world is famous for. Before going off to seek fame and fortune himself, student blogger Ben Boykiw had a few parting words...

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The DCBC

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 the USA, using the Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) competency and training standards as the basis for accreditation. The Diver Certification Board of Canada’s vision is of an internationally...

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Northern Most Education

We all know that recreational divers who get trained by BSAC, CMAS, or even PADI in cold water are all round better divers when they go south to warmer waters. In a recent addition of UnderWater magazine, the official ADCI publication, I read a piece written by Aaron Lay from Holland College about how diver’s who train in cold northern...

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Birdhouses underwater? You bet....

Birdhouses and boxes underwater? You bet... it may seem crazy, but building a small item underwater with a saw, hammer and nails is a great skills development project. During week 3 of the Occupational SCUBA Diver course, students are required to take on the box building project. The purpose of this project is not to frustrate divers underwater…it is a...

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