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Underwater Skills

Underwater Skills

Program Code:UWS
Campus:King
Duration:35 Weeks
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

Studying from September to June, you will receive training and practice in underwater skills relating to commercial diving, welding, construction and salvage work in rivers, lakes and canals, and in inspection and repair work related to the offshore oil industry. You will also benefit from instruction in the safe use and maintenance of commercial diving equipment.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

By First Day of Class, Students Must:

  • Complete a Recreational Scuba Diving certificate (from an approved organization) and a minimum of ten hours bottom time along with 20 logged dives before the start of the term.
  • Provide proof of medical fitness to dive.
    • Commercial diving requires that all candidates be determined fit to dive by a qualified diving and hyperbaric physician.
    • A list of qualified physicians may be found on the Diver Certification Board of Canada website at divercertification.com

Note:

  • Grade 11 Physics: (C) is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

Enjoy an international career in underwater construction, inspection and repair for both offshore oil and onshore construction sectors of the diving industry. As a graduate of the 35-week Underwater Skills (UWS) certificate program, you will be eligible for certification by the Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC). Certification by DCBC is recognized by thev International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) and accepted worldwide.

Affiliations/Associations

  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • Canadian Association of Diving Contractors (CADC)
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  • Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB)
  • Construction Safety Association of Ontario
  • Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC)
  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
October - December
EAC150 College English
UWS103 Diving Physics
UWS104 Diving Physiology
UWS107 Rigging and Hoisting
UWS108 Compressors and Tools
UWS109 Systems and Equipment I
UWS112 Applied Diving I
 
Semester 2
January - February
UWS203 Salvage, Explosives and Welding
UWS204 Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
UWS205 Navigation and Chartwork
UWS208 Surface Welding and Cutting Theory
UWS212 Applied Diving II
March - April
UWS303 Surface Cutting and Welding
UWS205 Small Engines and Compressors
UWS308 Underwater/Surface Welding Practical
UWS312 Applied Diving III
UWS315 Construction Diving Techniques
UWS316 Marine Engineering Techniques III
UWS319 Systems and Equipment II
 
Additional Requirements
April - June
UWS408 Underwater Welding
UWS412 Applied Diving IV
UWS416 Deep Diving - Practical

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
October - December
EAC150 College English
UWS103 Diving Physics
UWS104 Diving Physiology
UWS107 Rigging and Hoisting
UWS108 Compressors and Tools
UWS109 Systems and Equipment I
UWS112 Applied Diving I
 
Semester 2
January - February
UWS203 Salvage, Explosives and Welding
UWS204 Hyperbaric Chamber Operations
UWS205 Navigation and Chartwork
UWS208 Surface Welding and Cutting Theory
UWS212 Applied Diving II
March - April
UWS303 Surface Cutting and Welding
UWS205 Small Engines and Compressors
UWS308 Underwater/Surface Welding Practical
UWS312 Applied Diving III
UWS315 Construction Diving Techniques
UWS316 Marine Engineering Techniques III
UWS319 Systems and Equipment II
 
Additional Requirements
April - June
UWS408 Underwater Welding
UWS412 Applied Diving IV
UWS416 Deep Diving - Practical

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Andrea White
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Andrea.White@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Andrea White
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55016
Andrea.White@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Acting Program Coordinator: Aaron Griffin
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55020
Aaron.Griffin@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mona Nouroozifar
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55010
Mona.Nouroozifar@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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Testimonial

"Our current full time diving and ROV staff is at fifteen, eight of whom are graduates of the Underwater Skills course. I am certain that this is the highest number of Seneca College graduates working for any employer in the marine industry in Ontario."

Blake Goulet
Manager of Diving Services
ASI Marine