Robin Lohnes

“Time to rock’n roll!!!”

Robin Lohnes

Who is Robin Lohnes? Robin is a detail focused individual who passionately engages the bottom line and ensures that no small detail is left uncovered. Those who know Robin understand that providing a good life for his family is the ultimate goal. Being a strong husband and father is paramount for him, but don’t let that fool you because he is incredibly accomplished professionally also. He has been described as a man who is able to oversee an entire project, but most importantly see the solution and work systematically through the task an achieve the established goals without wasting anytime. “Let’s Rock and Roll” is how he says “we got this, now let’s get moving!” for those who watch Robin around the office, a welding torch, on or under the water, no-one can touch him here cause he is always ahead at least 3 steps.

Who is Barry Lohnes to you?

Barry Lohnes is my old man and he was the centre of my world. As a young child I was able to go just about anywhere with him; and knew that I wanted to be just like him! So, I spent as much time as I could, and I emulated him. This began with late night Pilot Run trips, and I remember being woken up and the excitement was tough to keep in. I came to realize that if he brought me on a pilot run, it most likely would turn into a day long visit and I got to see my dad in his element, and he was a king! HAHA I will always remember how dad taught me what diving was like at age 6. It was in a particularly Canadian March, he had to patch a hole in our family pool, so out came a chainsaw to cut a hole in the ice. I got suited up, had a small canister to breath and a mask; and dad picked me up and dunked me into that hole and if I could catch my breath I probably would have cried.

“… Herbie and Kevin get out of the water and strip their wet suits off and stand there steaming because in Atlantic Canada in March it is COLD! These men, they did not flinch or shiver and seemed to have no fear…”

Robin Lohnes

What is your first memory of Dominion Diving?

I was a child and youth watching these men like Herbie and Kevin get out of the water and strip their wet suits off and stand there steaming because in Atlantic Canada in March it is COLD! These men, they did not flinch or shiver and seemed to have no fear, they seemed inhuman. As a child I wondered if anyone would be able to ante up to these figures, and that was the beginning of my fascination to become a Lord of the Ocean! I remember going on boats and watching the divers search for and retrieve cars, wreckage and just about anything.  What made me think twice was that I could never swim, I don’t know I always sank like a rock, I suppose I am a natural diver. I took swim lessons  and I tried and tried, and just could not get how to float or keep from panicking. Finally a special diving tool called a hook-a-hose, I was able to breath under the surface, calm down and just look around underwater.  That was something that helped me realize that I was meant to be a diver.  

“… As a young man I sat at the bottom of Halifax Harbour, the real ocean… with Herbie…”

What attracted you to Dominion Diving?

Well Dominion Diving as I have said was in my life from the time I was a child, and my dad was my hero, so I figured I would just end up being a diver. I started working though for the family business early on and as a teenager I painted boats and helped around the shop. That did not keep my interest for long and I ended up leaving one day purely based on personal differences; and within a day in swam Herbie to show me my childhood dreams as an adult reality. He took me out to dive with the big boys and I watched these seemingly unstoppable crew work to bring a mangled and torn ship up to the surface. As a young man I sat at the bottom of Halifax Harbour, the real ocean, and the colour of the ocean and the sound of the bubbles had me hooked, thank you Herbie! As high school ended I actually went to welding school, and this was what began my professional career for Dominion Diving, and I always was able to find a creative way to solve the problems that presented themselves. 

“… my dad was my hero, so I figured I would just end up being a diver…”

Robin Lohnes