Tales from the Field: Part II

DiveSafe grad gets up close “down under” with Great Whites

We dare you to see this picture and not hear the music from Jaws

While getting up close and personal with great white sharks isn’t typical for DiveSafe International graduates who work locally, those who use their internationally recognized diving certification to find work farther afield get to see a whole different variety of marine life – some more impressive than others!

L Jay Shaw graduated from DiveSafe International's Occupational (Commercial) Scuba Coursein 2013. After working in Canada for a short while, he went to Australia and got his ADAS Part 1 Surface Supply certification so he could work in the aquaculture industry down under. He has since returned home to Canada and DiveSafe to crossover his Australian credentials to Canadian certification. Thanks L Jay for this great story...........................................


"The divers in Port Lincoln, South Australia, who work in the aquaculture industry on the tuna farms have to deal with a lot of great white sharks trying to get into the pens. The sharks cause damage to the pens and make diving to repair holes and remove “morts” [mortalities] a risky business.

To help keep the divers a bit safer, diving is done in buddy teams with one diver working and the other acting as a “safety diver” to keep an eye out for the sharks. The safety diver carries a powerhead, which is a six-foot-long pole with a 12-gauge shotgun shell or explosive charge on the tip. The powerhead fires by being pushed with sufficient force into an object . . . such as a shark.

This, too, can be a safety issue if the diver isn't careful. The powerhead has to be armed before hitting the water and there’ve been a few cases of boats having holes blown into them by careless divers.

Despite all these precautions, divers are not always safe from the larger great whites. There’s just no stopping an 18-foot beast who thinks you are a tuna swimming on the outside of the pen!"


DiveSafe trains divers for Canada and beyond

DiveSafe commercial diver training programs are taught to the CSA level. The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is recognized worldwide as a leader in setting the standard for commercial diving. The other globally recognized standard is the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme or ADAS. Once you have successfully completed your DiveSafe program you will be eligible for DCBC (Diver Certification Board of Canada) certification, which you can use anywhere in the world, including Australia.

There are work opportunities for those adventurous enough to head down under, and we’ve had a number of grads give it a go. DiveSafe alumni Kody Kryzanowski worked for a time and then toured Australia. Here are a few spectacular images from his voyage abroad. Sorry, no shark pics.


 Looking for a diving adventure in Australia or elsewhere?

Commercial diving provides a unique opportunity to work out of the country and see some of the world at the same time. DiveSafe has contacts with work opportunities in Australia. The best time to apply is around August and September, prior to their warmer season. Check out our summer programs to ensure you’re ready to go when they’re ready to hire!


For more information on visa requirements and dive certifications, contact peter@divesafe.com. For our course schedules, visit our website at www.divesafe.com or call 888.325.3483.