Students are required to have a Commercial Diver’s Medical, an extensive medical performed by a dive doctor recognized by DCBC (Diver’s Certification Board of Canada). We recommend contacting a doctor and starting the process 1-3 months before your course start date.
At Divesafe we have curated a list of active dive doctors that have worked with students in the past. DCBC further provides a complete list of certified doctors though not all may be active or taking clients.
As a commercial diver, you rely on your gear to keep you dry, warm and breathing. As such, reliability and resilience are the top priorities. Here are a few options you should consider when it comes to sourcing your dive gear.
Recreational Dive Shops
If you already have your open water, then you’re probably familiar with a local dive shop. You can find a wide range of gear that varies from dive shop to dive shop. This also means the quality can vary greatly. If you purchase your gear through a recreational dive shop, we recommend paying close attention to the equipment details form below. You will want to make sure you are purchasing quality gear that will hold up to the demanding work of commercial diving. If you are unsure about any piece of equipment you can always contact us to make sure it’s approved before starting the course.
At DiveSafe, you can buy your dive gear in-house. All our gear is handpicked for commercial diving and has been proven in the field by both instructors and students for success. This also means your instructors on site will be familiar with your gear and its maintenance, which can be the difference between getting in the water or being stuck topside. By purchasing your gear at DiveSafe you can be certain that your gear will hold up well past the course and into your commercial diving career.
Make sure to check in with the front office for a student discount!
“What about used gear?” you may ask
Used gear often looks like the cheapest option. We’ve had many students bring used gear to the course and 9/10 times they need to buy new gear before the course ends. Not only does broken equipment make for stressful and distracted dives, but it also comes with maintenance costs which completely undermine the alure of buying used.
Here are some of the common issues we have found with used gear over the many years of operation:
If you are planning to use second-hand gear, make sure to bring it into the shop well before the course starts to ensure it is up to standard. We will not let you dive with unsafe or unserviced gear.
DiveSafe International is registered and designated (to the highest level) with PTIB Private Training Institutions Branch of British Columbia Canada. We also are accredited with EQA to the international standards for Canada.
How does this help you?
- Tuition fees are tax exempt
- Books & fees are tax deductible
- Tuition fees are bonded and protected through PTIB
- Student loans available through the Canadian Student Loan program
- Student lines of Credit may be available through your bank
- Student credit cards may be available through your bank
- RESP accepted
- Scholarships accepted
- Veteran’s Education and Training Benefit for Canadian Armed Forces
- You may be eligible for other types of financial support for your education through ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada)
Employee funding is available to many students. If you require specific information to provide to your employer contact the DiveSafe office by phone or email. We’re happy to help you out.
Process: Discuss employee funding with your employer. Inform the DiveSafe office.
There is funding available for students who are on EI or have been on EI in the past 3 years. These funds vary so contact your local EI office. But the general process has remained the same over the past 3 years.
Process: Contact your local EI office for details and funding requirements.
If you have RESP funds available, they can be used for our 21-week Unrestricted Surface Supply program.
Process: Contact the bank where the RESP is held and discuss the process for accessing them. DiveSafe can provide the required information to access these funds.
Student Line of Credit/or Student Credit Card
There are opportunities for student to apply for line of credit and student credit card at their local bank.
Process: Go to your bank and ask to book an appointment with a financial advisor.
The DiveSafe Student loan designation is: APVC. In order to be eligible for a student loan, the course or program of study must be 12 wks or longer in duration. We currently have two programs that meet this criteria. Student loans are a great option as there is no interest on provincial or federal student loans.
Process: Apply online through the student loan website in your province. Note that different provinces dispense varying amounts for student loans.
- APVC – DIVESAFE student loan designation code
- PIK8 – DIVESAFE program code for DVG320 Unrestricted Surface Supply Diver Program. 21 wks
DiveSafe Payment Plan
DIVESAFE, on occasion, may create a payment schedule with a student. If there is a student in need and they have a passion for commercial diving, we may work out a payment plan. Payment plans must be paid in full before the course end date.
Process: Contact the DiveSafe office in order to set up a meeting to discuss this option.