I should be retired.
Herbie has lived around boats and anything with an engine for his whole life. Whether a motorcycle or a greasy diesel boat engine, Herbie will ride or pilot with confidence and accuracy. 40+ years for the family run company has made him a staple and cornerstone of the success of the vessels and diving jobs that Dominion Diving run daily. Having begun his career underwater, there will be few pilots who understand the sensitive and dangerous nature of what a diver needs from the team above the waterline. The original remote operated vehicle (ROV) that Dominion Diving Limited owned was ultimately piloted by Herbie as he led the industry as an outside the box thinker who did not accept challenges to stop him. Whether Herbie is piloting a barge, vessel or tug; he is sure to have the team laughing yet comfortable knowing the vessel is safe.
Integrity, trust and personality, no one has more of those than Herbie, matt and robin have known him for most of their lives and they know that the job will always get done with Herbie at the helm.
WHO IS BARRY LOHNES TO YOU?
I have known Barry for many decades, we go way back. I was simply not happy at any job I had, then my friend Barry called me one day (at work) and asked me if I wanted to go offshore diving. I left immediately, we lived a different life back then and most of what I learned, I did so at Barry’s side. What he taught me was how to develop our own answers to a problem had never seen before- and how to have fun while working!
“We used that first boat to head out to Sable Island and salvage the treasure, we had to climb the mast to search for the sunken boats back then.”Herbie
WHAT FIRST MEMORY OF DOMINION DIVING?
Dominion diving was a company that was still in its infancy, and at first the company was run out of a basement, and there was not an office like there is now; only the next room. Barry had a boat, and he had a dream. The company was built with an attitude of inspiring the misfits to get together and work towards a greater good. I saw the team building and knew that I could be a part of something better than what I had. Jeez, at the beginning we were just a bunch of scallywags and misfits man. We used that first boat to head out to Sable Island and salvage the treasure, we had to climb the mast to search for the sunken boats back then. Dominion was finally able to keep my interest and apply my skillset, I had no idea I was in for the next 50 years haha. Dominion Diving was simply my buddy Barry and some of my friends, why wouldn’t I stay?
“Barry asked me if I was interested, and I jumped onto my Harley, and rode the Bedford highway so that I could board a helicopter; the rest is history.”Herbie
WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO DOMINION DIVING?
The first time I dove I remember going under the water and thinking wow, everything is moving, that’s strange. I had a pipe fitter friend that came to me one day and asked if I wanted to start diving, so we went looking for lobsters and scallops. I could not believe that it was possible to be around motors, boats, water and have a general freedom of life. I made the choice to go onto an oil rig while I was at the gas station, ironic maybe. Barry asked me if I was interested, and I jumped onto my Harley, and rode the Bedford highway so that I could board a helicopter; the rest is history.