The skills needed to be an Urchin/Sea Cucumber diver are one part training, one part work ethic and one part love of the ocean and outdoors, so it’s within the reach of many people. You must meet WorkSafeBC requirements, and hold current commercial diving certification, dive medical, first aid certificate and updated gear servicing records.
Below are the qualifications and certification you will require.
What a seafood harvester needs on board the vessel:
Fleet Diving Unit Pacific CFB Esquimalt, Naden St, Victoria British Columbia V9A 7N2 T: Chamber: (250) 363-4981
Simon Fraser University Environmental Physiology Unit, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby British Columbia V5A 1S6 T: Chamber: (778) 782-3782
Vancouver Hospital & Health Science Centre Hyperbaric Unit 855 West 12th Ave, Vancouver British Columbia V5Z 1M9 T: Emergency 24/7: (604) 875-5000
In past years, vessels were out of touch with the outside world for sometimes weeks at a time. Today, Starlink is a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX, providing satellite Internet access coverage to over 50 countries. It also aims for global mobile phone service after 2023. This definitely has been a benefit to the PUHA fleet as crew members can now stay in touch with family and friends as this technology allows for internet access right off a mobile phone or laptop.