DiveSafe International, based in the small city of Campbell River on Canada’s West Coast, has once again set a new first for Canadian professional diving instruction.
DiveSafe International’s new Professional SCUBA program, which starts this spring, is a “hybrid” that provides students with both PADI Divemaster and Commercial SCUBA certifications, as well as a number of advanced underwater rescue and open water courses. The program, the first of its kind in Canada, is designed to provide graduates with everything they’ll need for an adventurous career in international diving.
“We’re so excited to offer the Professional SCUBA program,” says Kelly Korol, DiveSafe International’s owner and Director of Training. “It’s the ideal program for anyone who loves the water and wants to travel the world. Graduates will end up working in marine biology, aquaculture, engineering, seafood harvesting, underwater photography, dive resorts, tourism – you name it. It can be your ticket to working underwater anywhere in the world.”
One of Canada’s leading dive training schools, DiveSafe International has been offering professional diving instruction out of Campbell River since 2002. As the school proudly proclaims on its website, DiveSafe International is “not your average classroom.” Students learn directly from world-class dive instructors while immersed in local waters renowned for their diving. (The pristine diving conditions of British Columbia were recently ranked as the best in North America.)
Instructing the new Professional SCUBA program is DiveSafe’s husband-and-wife “dream team” of Reggie Latham and Heather Kidd, who collectively boast decades of professional diving experience all over the globe. The couple recently returned to Campbell River from the Cayman Islands, where they each have diving spots named after them – “Reggie’s Rum Running Reef” and “Heather’s Hallways.”
“Our goal is to set our grads up with everything they need to succeed,” says Kidd. “They’ll get comprehensive theory and hands-on training, plus practical experience, industry connections and even work placements – be they local or international. We also manage a job board and connect our students to opportunities in commercial diving, marine biology, resorts and the film industry; we have some amazing DiveSafe success stories.”
The 15-week Professional Scuba dual certification program begins on April 15 and is offered full-time in Campbell River. The course is eligible for EI and student loan funding. To learn more or to register, visit www.divesafe.com or call 1-888-325-3483.