Holland College | Commercial Diving

Commercial Diving

Start Date: September
Length: 9 months
Location: Marine Training Centre
Credential: Certificate, Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level.
  • 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.

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.

**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.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2021/2022. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year
Tuition $ 18,227
Student Union $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410
Graduation Fee $ 100
Helmet Kit $ 250
First Aid/WHMIS $ 100
Oxygen Therapy $ 50
Total $ 19,305
1stinstallment due first day of class $ 12,014
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 7,291
Other Program Costs 1st Year
Books $ 400
Materials/Supplies $ 100
Equipment/Tools/Safety $ 2,325
Other courses – OPTIONAL $ 2,350
Medical Testing $ 500
Total $ 5,675

You will also need to budget for three off-site trips.

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

Program Overview

Please note: there will not be an intake into this program in September 2020.

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 experienced the sensation of being underwater before entering the program, which is why you will 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 will 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.

Take a virtual tour of the Marine Training Centre here.

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.

Additional Certifications

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. 




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