Updated Covid Procedures: We still ask that all students wear a face mask while in the store, classroom and van. We can't wait to have you join us!

Proof Of Covid Vaccination Required

As per recent BC Health Orders, effective September 13th, all divers participating in classes or trips must be able to provide proof of at least a single Vaccination. By October 17th, divers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in a dive course. This is a temporary measure, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work through this period.

PADI OPEN WATER COURSE

WEEKEND

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Course Price $699.95 Includes:

Students are required to provide their own mask, and snorkel. All of our Open Water students receive 20% off their purchase of a 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 >>

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 14 days 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

Sign Up for the PADI Open Water Diver Course- The World's Most Popular and Widely Recognized Scuba Course!

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

What You Will Learn:

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

What Equipment Will You Use?

Drysuit or Wetsuit?

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.

Schedule:

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. (Some schedule changes may apply due to Covid and pool availability)

The first two days of your Open Water Course will be spent reviewing your E-Learning result and doing a quick review, then we’ll head to the swimming pool so you can start learning and practicing some new skills!

What pool do we use? Our primary pools are UBC and Lord Bying, but we also have a private pool in Delta that is used for our weekend classes 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.

Proof Of Covid Vaccination Required

As per recent BC Health Orders, effective September 13th, all divers participating in classes or trips must be able to provide proof of at least a single Vaccination. By October 17th, divers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in a dive course. This is a temporary measure, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work through this period.

How to Get Started?

Upcoming Course Dates

Don’t see any dates that work for you? Don’t forget to check out our Evening, Daytime and Private Fast Track Open Water Course Options

Oct
9
Sat
Weekend OW
Oct 9 all-day
Weekend OW @ Vancouver Diving Locker | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Due to pool availability, we’ve had to split this months weekend open water course up over two Saturdays for the class/pool. The ocean dives can be done on any following weekend.

https://www.divinglocker.ca/product/padi-open-water-diver-course/

Oct
16
Sat
Weekend OW
Oct 16 all-day
Weekend OW @ Vancouver Diving Locker | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Due to pool availability, we’ve had to split this months weekend open water course up over two Saturdays for the class/pool. The ocean dives can be done on any following weekend.

https://www.divinglocker.ca/product/padi-open-water-diver-course/

Nov
20
Sat
Weekend OW
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
Weekend OW @ Vancouver Diving Locker | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

https://www.divinglocker.ca/product/padi-open-water-diver-course/

Lev Karasin
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By far my favorite place to learn, dive, and buy my equipment from. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, the culture is amazing the vibes are great. Always having an amazing time at the dive locker.
Lupe Fanjul
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I've been going to the show for about 2 years and my partner for almost 20. I would give them 10 stars if I could because they are AMAZING. Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. Great dive trips (local and tropical). Wonderful people - dive masters, store staff, clients.
Kathy Chou
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Did some research and decided to go with Diving Locker because of their flexible class schedule and location. Matt Hutchison was my instructor and he's AMAZING! He is very experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and encouraging. I guarantee you a wonderful and fun learning experience. Best luck!!
Chris Kanuka
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Fantastic Experience with Diving Locker. My son, 12, did their tropical referral program (pool and classroom time). Everyone was incredibly accommodating with his age difference from the rest of the class. Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. We recently finished his dives in Mexico and the Divemaster their raved about how prepared he was - easily completing his certification. 2 more kids to go and we wouldn't think of going anywhere else!
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