The wreck of the Achates
One of our more favoured dive sites is near Gowlland Harbour next to a place we like to call 'Lone Tree'. In a depth of about 30 metres lies the wreck of the Achates. She was a hundred foot long wooden steam tug built in Vancouver in 1908. Many vessels like the Achates spent their careers along the B.C. coast...Read More
CAUS & Commercial Diving in Canada?? Scientific Diving! CAUS is the source of information for divers who want to expand into the scientific field or for scientists who want to add to their credentials with a dive certification. CAUS does not certify divers but the organization does develop and maintain the Standard of Practice for Scientific Diving. Scientific diver training...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More