Seneca has made the difficult decision to cancel the Underwater Skills program after an incredible 45 years of preparing commercial divers for a wide range of careers both locally and internationally. The college’s closure has been attributed to high operating costs and low student demand. This program is no longer accepting applications. Students who are currently enrolled will be able to complete the program.
Seneca College was sought after by contractors for skilled graduates to work in offshore construction, salvage, inspection, offshore oil and gas exploration, and production.
Seneca’s 35-week program would have allowed the student to dive to a maximum depth of 50 meters (165 feet), under the supervision of Seneca’s Unrestricted Surface Supplied Supervisors, who had more than 100 years of combined commercial diving experience. Students would have received an internationally recognized certificate from the Diver Certification Board of Canada as an Unrestricted Surface Supplied Diver upon graduation (DCBC).
After operating the Commercial Diving Program in Prince Edward Island for 19 years, Holland College in Prince Edward Island closed it in 2000. Kimball Johnston and a former Holland College team member resurrected the course and rebranded themselves as the Atlantic Commercial Diving Center (ACDC).