Students are required to provide their own mask, and snorkel. All of our Open Water students receive 20% the purchase of their own mask and snorkel.
Must be 10 years of age or older.
Before completing the PADI Open Water Diver course, your instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skill comfort by having you: swim 200 metres/yards. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want. You will also need to float or tread water for 10 minutes, again using any methods that you want.
Must be able to complete a medical questionnaire, and obtain medical clearance if necessary.
Click here to download the PADI Medical Questionnaire.
Here is a link where you can find a list of physicians considered knowledgeable and competent in diving medicine- Work Safe BC Physicians List >>
Covid Procedures: Please see notice at top of page in regards to Covid Vaccination requirements
We will be doing temperature checks for all students prior to each session.
Everyone is required to fill out a Declaration of Health form.
All divers will be required to have their own mask, snorkel and regulator mouthpiece.
Divers will be required to wear a mask or face covering while in the store/classroom/van
Something come up and need to postpone your course? No problem! We ask that you give us 1 week notice, as we do fill up quickly so we’d like to have time to fill your spot.
Unfortunately we do not offer refunds, but we would be happy to move you to a different date or offer you a credit towards a future trip or course.
Our full cancellation policy can be found here
If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts.
After you’ve completed the course, you will receive your PADI Open Water Certification! This certification is valid world-wide, and allows you to dive up to 60ft
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
Cold water diving is fun! but being cold while diving is not ;) There are two kinds of suits that can be used while diving here in BC:
Wetsuits: The wetsuits we use here are a two piece 7mm farmer john/jacket style wetsuit. Wetsuits keep you warm by trapping a layer of water between your skin and the suit. Your body heats up the water and the neoprene acts as an insulator to keep it warm. Because of the way wetsuits work, it is important that they fit you properly (tight!).
Drysuits: Drysuits keep you dry but what you where underneath of them is what keeps you warm. The drysuits we use are made of a trilaminate material that have a latex seal around your neck and wrists, and built in boots. You’ll need to wear warm layers underneath such as fleece, wool, etc. in order to stay warm.
The water can be quite chilly here, especially between October – April, during these months we require our divers to be in a drysuit, however the rest of the months it is your choice!
In order to dive in a drysuit, you will need to complete the drysuit orientation. You will do some additional pool training which will teach you how to use a drysuit in a confined water setting, and how to handle the changes in buoyancy. These are scheduled weekly and can be completed after your class/pool sessions.
Drysuit Orientation – $99.95 (Includes additional pool training, and drysuit rental for all 4 of your ocean dives)
We also offer an option to upgrade to the full PADI Drysuit Specialty, which includes the orientation, drysuit rental, plus an extra day of diving after your course! Many shops will require you to have the full Drysuit Specialty in order to rent a drysuit from them.
*Our schedule is constantly changing as we juggle pools. You can split the evenings up over a period of weeks or you can choose to complete them all in a row.
If you can only do specific dates, please give us a call before signing up to make sure all of your requested dates have room in them.
Evening 1 (Class/pool)
Evening 2 (Class/pool)
Evening 3– (Class/pool)
Evening 4- (Class/pool)
Evening 5- (Class/Pool)
Evening 6- Optional* Drysuit Orientation
What pool do we use? We use either UBC or Lord Bying, but we also have a private pool in Delta that is used when our primary pools are unavailable.
To finish off your PADI Open Water Course, you must complete your ocean dives! We will do a series of 4 dives over 2 days.
We run these dives every weekend, so you can choose which weekend works best for you. The dives must be completed in one weekend, and cannot be spread out over multiple weekends.
We dive rain or shine!
We will meet at the dive shop in the morning where we will check our gear and load everything up into the van! The first day we will be diving Whytecliff Park, and the second day will be Porteau Cove. Each day we will complete 2 dives, with a quick break for lunch in between. We usually return back to the shop around 3 or 4 (depending on traffic)
You have 1 year to complete your course once you start it, but if you have more than 60 days between your pool sessions and ocean dives, we will request you to come to the pool with us just to refresh your skills.
OW Evening 1
OW Evening 2