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:
- Underwater searches and harbour/sea bottom surveys
- Inspections of jetties and ships' hulls
- Identification of surface and underwater explosive devices
- Participating in mine counter measure (MCM) operations
- Performing underwater search and recovery operations
- Performing underwater photography
- Recognizing diving or pressure-related illnesses
- Providing assistance to civil authorities when required during domestic operations
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.