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Underwater Skills

Available: Fall

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.



35 Weeks

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

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.


  • 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)

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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


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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

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

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Aaron Griffin (416) 491-5050 ext. 55020

Program Chair

Romel Cipriani (416) 491-5050 ext. 22446

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network