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.
Students are required to provide their own personal gear (mask, snorkel & fins) all of which can be rented for $30 for the entire course.
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.
When you are arranging to complete your ocean dives, please make sure you complete the dives with a PADI Dive Shop. You can use PADI’s dive shop locator here.
After you complete your class/pool work, you will need to make sure to ask for a copy of your paperwork to take to your referring dive shop.
When arranging a shop to complete your dives, be sure to ask if they include the cost of the certification (PIC). We are seeing more and more shops charging exorbitant amounts for just processing the certification. If they charge more than $40, it is possible for us to sell you a paper PIC to take with you. Once the instructor signs off, you will just need to mail it in to PADI, along with a picture. Please let us know in advance, as we do not always have the paper PIC’s in stock.