The water here can get quite chilly, which is why most of us dive in a drysuit year round! It is possible to dive in a wetsuit from May – September, but a drysuit is still highly recommended.
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. You will then get to use the drysuit for your ocean dives. Sometimes it is possible to complete the extra pool training during your class/pool sessions, but we may need to schedule a separate session.
This is included at no additional cost for your course!
Should you decide to upgrade to the full PADI Drysuit Specialty later on, you would just pay an additional $199.95, and come out for two more ocean dives.
Must be 10 years of age or older.
Must be able to complete a medical questionnaire, and obtain medical clearance if necessary. Click here to download the PADI Medical Questionnaire. (A list of physicians considered knowledgeable and competent in diving medicine for the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on WORK SAFE BC >>).
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.
We do not offer refunds on any used or unused portions of the course. Course may be transferred to another person, or under special circumstances can be used towards in-store credit. We have very flexible scheduling options, so rescheduling your course is not an issue and we’re more than happy to work with you if you are on a tight timeline and have unexpected issues arise.
$100 rescheduling fee may apply if session is changed or cancelled after the pool has been booked
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.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:
The Private Fast Track program is designed for customers who want to learn to dive now! Or those whose schedule does not allow for any of the other two options.
Essentially it is the entire PADI Open Water Course in three days, one-on-one with an instructor. Once signed up you will be given access to PADI e-learning, where you will complete all of the theory at home at your own pace.
On the first day of your course, one of our PADI Instructors will review the online material with you, and complete your confined water training in the pool
We will meet at the dive shop at 9am both days, 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.
Please fill out the below form with your requests and availability. One of our staff will be in touch shortly to coordinate your request! Please note that we usually book 4+ weeks in advance during summer months.