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The Big Kahuna, the Full Monty, the Big Ticket, the Real Deal, however you want to put it, Canada's DiveSafe International reckons its new course offering is the ultimate commercial diving training programme
For the first time ever, commercial diving school Dive-Safe International, based on the Canadian West Coast in Campbell River, British Columbia, is offering an Unrestricted Surface Supply (50-metre) course.
“We’re super excited to get this new training programme going,” says Kelly Korol, DiveSafe International’s owner and director of training. “It truly is the ultimate dive course. For anyone who has dreamed of becoming a commercial diver, this is the course to take – we cover it all.”
Unrestricted Surface Supply certification is recognised globally for both offshore and inshore diving work. The “50-metre ticket” includes deep-water training, construction, underwater welding and hyperbaric chamber operations, as well as in-class theory lessons.
Upon completion of the 20-week course, graduates will be certified to find employment in a wide range of sectors. This training, Korol says, will give the new divers many more job options than other, less comprehensive, dive courses.
“Aside from the typical West Coast work in seafood harvest and aquaculture, this ticket broadens employment opportunities to a variety of other industries, like underwater engineering inspections, archaeological investigation, police operations, underwater film production and emergency services rescue operations, offshore oilfield, burning, underwater welding, jetting and other construction.”
Arguably one of the most renowned dive training schools in all of Canada, DiveSafe International has been offering professional diving instruction out of Campbell River since 2002. Korol notes that the new Unrestricted Surface Supply course is just one more thing differentiating DiveSafe from other schools.
“We’re home to some amazing ocean dive-training sites and we have an awesome fleet that even includes a refurbished barge to take us out to these truly world-class dive sites,” explains Korol. “Our instructors are also world-class, and now with this new course we feel we’ve really raised the bar in terms of offering everything the modern commercial diver requires.”