Port Inspection Diver
Non-Commissioned Member | , Part Time
Port Inspection Divers use compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA) to perform various underwater searches, surveys and inspections, primarily for the purpose of port security. Port security is one aspect of Maritime Coastal Operations conducted to ensure the maritime security of the nation. Port Inspection Divers often work in conjunction with naval port security teams to provide underwater skill sets in support of the sovereignty and safety of Canada’s numerous ports, harbours and waterways, and may also be deployed outside Canada for operations or exercises.
Port Inspection Divers have the following responsibilities:
Port Inspection Divers must also carry out several tasks in support of diving activities such as driving inflatable boats and specialized dive vehicles, preparing dive sites, maintaining dive-related equipment and conducting general and diving-related administration including forward logistics for operations.
Port Inspection Divers experience the unique adventures and challenges that come with working in a marine environment. The work is physically and mentally demanding, and often involves diving in restricted visibility or confined areas and hazardous situations.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Naval Qualification (BMNQ) course, or Basic Training, which will span most the member’s first year. The course is conducted in three phases; a preliminary training program conducted at a member’s home unit typically during winter/spring months, a second three-week “residential” phase normally held in the summer at Camp Vimy in Valcartier, QC, and a final phase typically held at the home unit during the fall training period. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, a good portion of the training is physically demanding.
Learn more about Basic Training here.
Port Inspection Divers attend one of the Navy’s two Fleet Diving Units located in Halifax, NS or Esquimalt, BC for six weeks of initial dive training to acquire a shallow water (15m) diving qualification that is common to all diving-related occupations/sub-occupations in the Canadian Armed Forces. This is followed by a three-week dive course which involves qualification to a depth of 30m using surface supplied air diving systems to be considered fully-trained and prepared for operational deployments.
Career progression in the Port Inspection Diving occupation involves advanced dive-related training, including:
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
The Port Inspection Diver occupation is open to men and women. Candidates must demonstrate above-average team work and enjoy learning the principles of human physiology and diving physics. A Port Inspection Diver must be highly dependable, self-motivated, confident, with a high-degree of self-control and emotional stability. Determination, maturity and responsibility are necessary attributes to diving candidates. Since diving is a physically demanding trade, candidates must be coordinated, manually dexterous, and must always maintain a high level of fitness. Candidates must pass a pressure tolerance test to be eligible to become a Port Inspection Diver.
Aside from the educational requirements previously mentioned, a successful candidate must meet the citizenship and age requirements outlined below:
The Port Inspection Diver occupation is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at a Naval Reserve Division in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another naval reserve division, and apply for opportunities for full-time training and deployments outside of their home division. They may also volunteer for deployment on military missions within or outside Canada.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do.
After enrolment, Reserve Force members normally begin training with their home unit to ensure that required basic professional military standards are met.
Members of the Primary Reserve are paid 85% of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.