Holland College Commercial Diving students train in the tidal waters of the North Atlantic, preparing them to work anywhere in the world. Graduates are in demand, working on everything from deep water drill platforms to bridges, aquaculture environments, ships and more. Underwater welding is our specialty, but we also train our divers to perform the commercial tasks they need to be successful.
In this program, you will obtain real world experience diving to a maximum depth of 50 meters using equipment, systems, and procedures that are standard in the offshore oil and gas industries. You will log these depths diving an IMCA-Certified offshore diving spread using a wet Bell System, and live on board an offshore dive vessel, during the deep diving portions of the program.
This is intense training, sometimes in adverse conditions. You must have experience the sensation of being underwater before entering the program, which is why you'll need your open water sports diving certification with 20 logged dives totaling a minimum of 10 hours bottom time to enter the program.
When you graduate, you'll receive a Diving Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver Certificate, which is recognized by The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the United Kingdom, and the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme (ADAS).
You will also receive your SVO, DVS, CPR, First Aid, Oxygen Administration, and WHMIS certificates.
View a detailed list of courses and the course schedule (PDF will open in new window) for this program.
This is a U.S. Federal Aid approved program.
Meet the Commercial Diving instructors.
Commercial Diving students can earn additional certifications in Helmet Maintenance Technician, Occupational SCUBA, and CWB Welding at a reduced tuition rate. These courses are not required to graduate. Space is limited. These courses are open to the public and are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Payment for additional courses must be arranged through the Marine Training Centre.
Holland College does not have a residence in Summerside, but maintains a list of accommodations available in the Summerside area. All lessons are posted online at the end of each day and communications are done through email, so you will need a laptop and WiFi access.
Athletics and Extra-curricular Activities
This program is physically demanding, so if you plan to play sports or you want to be involved in extra-curricular activities, you will need to manage your time and energy carefully. Our day starts at 7:30 a.m. with fitness, and is usually finished before 4 p.m. During the academic part of the course, you will have a considerable amount of homework to complete.