06/19/2014 03:00 EDT | Updated 08/19/2014 05:59 EDT

Sub simulator provides training lab for future submariners

Working on a submarine can mean spending up to 200 days a year at sea, but before Canadian Forces personnel can do that, they have to go through intensive training using a submarine simulator at CFB Halifax.

The simulator looks, sounds and feels like the inside of a Victoria-class submarine. It moves up, down, left and right, offering the same motions a normal submarine would.

It can even generate smoke, thereby simulating what to do in the event of a fire.

"Whether you're a cook or a marine technician, you have to learn the same systems," said Cmdr. Peter Bryan, the divisional commander for the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School.

Every year, 60 students from across Canada go through the training so they can earn their "dolphins" to become a submariner.

Dolphins are badges submariners earn following their intensive submarine training course. 

Students work on emergency drills first, then they work on how to drive a submarine. It takes at least one year of in-depth practice, training and tests to do just that.