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Commercial Diving

In this program, you start by learning about diving equipment, systems, and procedures, and then progress into courses about inspection, underwater welding, and construction techniques. Surface cutting and welding courses are taught on campus before progressing to underwater techniques.

You will gain experience working in tidal waters and strong currents at various dive sites throughout Atlantic Canada, preparing you to work in any body of water worldwide. You’ll dive to a maximum air diving depth of 50 metres using equipment, systems, and procedures that are standard in the offshore oil and gas industries.

When you graduate, you’ll receive your Divers Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) unrestricted surface supplied diver certificate, which is recognized by the:

  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
  • Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom
  • Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS)

You will also receive your SVO, MED A1, CPR, First Aid, Oxygen administration, and WHMIS certificates.

This is a US Federal Aid Approved program.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 9 months
Location: Marine Training Centre, Summerside
Credential: Certificate, Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level. Preference will be given to applicants with a physics credit.
  • Open Water Scuba Diving Certificate with 20 logged dives and 10 hours of bottom time.*
  • Full commercial diving medical** from an approved hyperbaric physician. and completion of the Occupational Diver’s Medical Fitness Examination form indicating that you are fit to dive
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

*This is intense training, sometimes in adverse conditions. Students must have experienced the sensation of being underwater for long periods of time before entering the program.

Note: Preference will be given to applicants with a physics credit. This is intense training, sometimes in adverse conditions. Students must have experienced the sensation of being underwater for long periods of time before entering the program. Students are expected to participate in a daily fitness program to assess their fitness to dive each day, to improve their cardiovascular fitness, and as a team-building activity.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Harbour infrastructure inspection, maintenance, underwater welding and repair
  • Deep water drilling platforms inspection, maintenance, and repair
  • Oil and gas pipelines infrastructure inspection, maintenance, and repair
  • Shipbuilding and ship repair underwater welding/burning
  • Bridge inspection, maintenance, underwater welding/burning and repair
  • Police departments, investigation, search and recovery
  • Fire departments
  • Search and rescue squadrons
  • Parks Canada underwater archeology
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Scientific diving
  • Seafood harvesting and aquaculture
  • Quality control and quality auditing companies

**Medical Form

The “Certificate of Medical Fitness” on the last page of the form must also be completed, signed and stamped by attending physician.

The medical form has been provided “with the permission of Canadian Standards Association, material is reproduced from CSA Standard Z275.2-04, Occupational Safety Code for Diving Operations, which is copyrighted by Canadian Standards Association, 178 Rexdale Blvd., Toronto, Ontario, M9W 1R3. While use of this material has been authorized, CSA shall not be responsible for the manner in which the information is presented, nor for any interpretations thereof”. For more information on CSA or to purchase standards please visit the website at www.shopcsa.ca or call 1-800-463-6727.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.


If you have any questions concerning the Commercial Diving program, contact:
Steve MacFarlane, Program Manager
Laura Cormier, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (902) 888-6485


Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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