KELLY KOROL - DIRECTOR OF TRAINING, Commercial DIVE Instructor/Supervisor and PADI/Oxygen Therapy Instructor
DiveSafe International’s founder is Kelly Korol. Kelly began his diving adventures in 1977 when he first took his Open water Diver course at the age of 17, in Edmonton, Alberta. His check-out dives were in Port Hardy, BC and that’s where he fell in love with the ocean. From there Kelly moved to Vernon in the beautiful Okanagan Valley where he continued diving and started his commercial diving career. As he started working on larger and larger dive projects, he soon realized that he needed more training so in 1984, he went to the College of Oceaneering in Los Angeles CA, where he graduated with his Air/Mixed gas Bell Saturation diploma and an Associate of Applied Science degree.
Upon returning to Canada, he worked the coast of BC doing everything from construction diving, pulp mill and hydro dam work as well as seafood harvesting and film industry diving. In 1996 Kelly was offered the Head Instructor position for Commercial Diving at North Island College, and he happily accepted. At the time, WorkSafe BC changed its regulations and required all commercial divers to have training to the CSA Standard. As Head instructor he represented all Western Canadian commercial divers including seafood harvesters, the aquaculture & film industry and scientific divers and trained hundreds of divers bringing them up to commercial diving standards and helped define commercial dive regulations as they have evolved to the current day.
In 2005, Kelly fulfilled his dream of owning his own Commercial dive school and started DIVESAFE International. Today, Divesafe International is the largest commercial dive school in Canada and has plans to keep growing. Kelly’s passion for teaching and commercial diving is evident in the care and passion he brings to the business.
Kelly remains an active member of the CSA Technical Dive committee setting standards for commercial diving and works as a diving consultant for national and international aquaculture companies. At 56, he is still an active commercial diver and dive supervisor and PADI Instructor with no plans of slowing down.
“Our goal is to build the finest dive school in Canada and assist our graduates in finding the underwater career they desire” - Kelly K.
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MAXWEL HOHN: PADI Instructor - COMMERCIAL DIVE Assistant Instructor and 1st aid Instructor
Maxwel was born in Calgary, Alberta but grew up in Pender Harbour, BC. He became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor when he was 18 in Utila, Honduras. For 8 years he travelled abroad working from country to country as a diving instructor at resorts, dive centres and on private yachts. He has experience working as a deckhand on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska and around Prince Rupert. At DiveSafe Maxwel runs all the PADI courses and EFR/CPR/First Aid/AED programs. He is the assistant instructor on the Occupational SCUBA and Surface Supply programs. He also is responsible for website updates, social media and underwater photography/videography for the school.
Maxwel attended the Commercial Diving Institute of Canada in Kelowna, BC for his Unrestricted Surface Supply and Occupational Scuba Diver certifications. The majority of his commercial diving experience has been on civil projects in Northern BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. He is a keen PADI Dive Instructor and 1st aid instructor, his photography can be seen all over our cr diving and divesafe.com websites.
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HEATHER KIDD - PADI Instructor & 1st aid Instructor
Heather Kidd is who you may reach when you call the dive store. She was born on the Island but after graduation moved to Australia where she travelled and trained for her Open water Diver. She returned to Canada to attend Capilano Colleges PADI Instructor program. And upon graduation she did her practicum with SCUBA Caribe in Mexico, living and teaching diving in Cozumel and Playa de Carmen. After her practicum she moved to Grande Cayman where she spent three years with Ocean Frontiers then moved over to little Cayman for her final 1 1/2 years travelling the Carribean.
Heather says some of her most memorable experiences were shark tagging, swimming with a pod of dolphins - (UNDERWATER)! but she most remembers when she jumped off the boat in snorkel gear, landing on a feeding Tiger Shark!
She is now settled into the Campbell RIver Dive Centre. Heather loves to teach all levels of PADI courses and snorkel tours and charters. Call Heather and she can help you kit up, plan a dive charter or further your diving education!
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PETER BUDDEN: Commercial DIVE SUPERVISOR/INSTRUCTOR
Peter was born and raised in Vancouver and as a young man had the travel "bug". He has seen the world, meeting and marrying his wife Elizabeth along the way. He has been diving since 1991 even getting a chance to dive the Red Sea with his brother. He started commercial diving in 1999 after returning to Canada from travelling abroad. Working in Aquaculture he rapidly settled into Campbell River, with his wife and son. Peter is the Dive Supervisor onboard the vessels Samarinda II & Reefseeker during the Commercial Dive programs. If he is not diving, he is immersed in Soccer.
Call Peter to get more information on the DIVESAFE courses.
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ADRIAN HEAL: COMMERCIAL DIVE SUPERVISOR/INSTRUCTOR and PADI /1st aid Instructor
Adrian was born in Hamilton, Ontario but spent the majority of his life living in Barbados. He started scuba diving at an early age and ended up getting married to his Open Water instructor. Together they owned a dive shop for a few years called Dive Pro Barbados. He then went on to pursue commercial diving and attended the Canadian Working Divers Institute for his Surface Supply certification in 2008. Adrian got his foot in the door after graduation and spent six years working offshore in the Caribbean.
He became a saturation diver in 2010 and ran a commercial diving company for several years. In 2014 Adrian and his family moved to the West Coast and he joined DiveSafe as full time commercial diver, commercial diving instructor and supervisor and PADI Instructor. He is highly skilled with mechanics and you can often find him working on the dive helmets or improving one of the 3 charter vessels and the 90ft dive barge.
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Catherine Korol: Financial Manager
Catherine has worked in or around the ocean since helping her parents on their commercial fishing boats as a teenager. She has travelled the coast from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii, exploring and enjoying the waters of BC. She is an avid photographer and hiker. Her travel "bug" took her to Japan for a year and then to countries like Hawaii, Honduras, Thailand, Macau, China and most recently with Kelly to Costa Rica where they spent 3 weeks exploring the countryside and diving.
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JAMES "Reggie" LATHAM: Dive Supervisor: Commercial SCUBA & PADI Courses
Reggie has been working in the dive industry most of his adult life. He is one of our Commercial SCUBA Instructors and our head PADI recreational instructor.
Reggie is originally from London, England and learned to dive whilst at University on the south coast exploring historic WWII wrecks and beautiful cold water reefs of the UK. After years of cold water experience, he packed his bag(and dive kit) and headed out to explore Europe and then the Carribean. Along the way he gained more professional diving qualifications up to PADI Instructor.
Reggie eventually landed in the Cayman Islands where he met the love of his life and they spent 5 years working as dive instructors and guides. Teaching all levels of recreational qualifications from Open water to Divemaster.
Reggie trained to the Commercial SCUBA Diver and Surface Supply Diver levels here at DiveSafe International a while back and has been out working in the field ever since, gaining invaluable experience in the aquaculture, environmental assessment diving, & search and recovery fields. His path has now come full circle and he is now a valued member of our instructional and commercial dive team.
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