Introducing The Canadian Working Divers Institute

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Canadian Working Divers Institute has moved to a superior campus located at Chapleau Lodge on Borden Lake near Chapleau, Ontario.


Photo Courtesy Canadian Working Divers Institute

Next Class Starts August 8, 2017

To get to the school, you can drive, or there’s a shuttle bus that leaves on August 8th/17 at 7:00 am from the Comfort Inn on Airport road in Mississauga, Ontario. (905-677-7331) This is not the school, this is just a hotel you can stay at to catch the bus to the school. If you want to book a room, just email Zeva at:, tell her you are going to be a student at Canadian Working Divers Institute. Students get a reduced rate at the hotel. Deep-Sea Diver, Underwater Welder, Oilrig Diver, Construction Diver, Hard Hat Diver, call it what you will, there are few internationally certified divers in the world. And the world is your jobsite, or at least 2/3 of it anyway.

We have trained Unrestricted Surface Supplied Divers since 1993.We have run 42 Unrestricted Surface-Supplied courses, and trained over 500 divers so far from 25 countries.

We are Registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

We are approved by: – Divers Certification Board of Canada -The National Energy Board, -The Provincial Offshore Petroleum Boards, -HSE, -IMCA, – -Ministry of Employment and Immigration. We exceed all US Federal and State standards.

The emphasis is on practical, hands-on training with up to date marine construction and offshore techniques. This facility will give a competitive edge to diving personnel through the cost effectiveness of receiving this training in a real life Commercial Diving environment.

On a normal day at CWDI the students get up at 05:30, have a snack and start class at approximately 5:55. We break from 08:00 to 08:30 for breakfast. After breakfast, we head out on the barge for a day of diving on practical projects that duplicate (not simulate) actual working environments. Lunch is served on the barge (we do not stop for lunch) and we are back and tied up by 18:00. Dinner is served and then it’s time to get to your homework, or get extra help from one of the instructors. Time left-over…you can always go fishing.


Photo Courtesy Canadian Working Divers Institute

Our course runs 12 hours per day, 6/7 days per week, with very little time for diversions. If you can’t do it here, you can’t do it offshore! The diving barges are moored close to the classroom, lounge, shops, offices, and galley and living facilities. There is 200 feet of water, just 300 meters from the College. There is road access to the new facility, however it is still quite isolated. There will be only one course offered per year, with 21 seats and we will still maintain our 5/1 student/teacher ratio.

We are a private corporation with a goal of maintaining the best entry-level commercial diver training facility in the world. Training to and exceeding the “Canadian Standards Association’s Z275.5 Diver Training Guidelines” makes our course the highest standard in the world.

Gord Hay, Diver/Chief Instructor chair’s this standard.

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Kathy is the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear, a passionate Scuba Diver, Ocean Advocate and Managing Editor of The Scuba News Canada

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