Students are required to provide their own personal gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots, & gloves). The Fins, Boots and Gloves can be rented for $30.
We have temporarily stopped renting masks and snorkels, but we have some great packages to get you started! Students are expected to purchase their own regulator mouthpiece (at a discounted rate of $9.95)
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.
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:
This course is designed to be completed over two weekends, the first weekend will be your class/pool work and the second weekend will be your ocean dives.
You can choose ANY weekend (must be able to do both Saturday and Sunday) to complete your ocean dives – 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.