Advanced and Specialty Diving Courses

Advanced and Specialty Diving Courses Overview

Extend your dive limits with the Deep Diver course
Extend your dive limits with the Deep Diver course

Advanced and Specialty Diving Courses, as well as the PADI Rescue Diver Courses are found here.

PADI Advanced and Specialty Diving Courses and Foundational Skill Development Classes are  the perfect way to gain more experience and streamline your learning as you begin focusing more on specific subject areas complete some amazing dives or even just mentally prepare yourself through classroom based theory modules under the supervision of one of our Instructors, while the PADI Rescue Diver Course is the bare minimum level of certification that ALL Divers should achieve.

You can focus on the same style and type of dive training or choose to completing a sampling of different dives in a range of different diving environments or “experience dives” such as what many divers engage in during their Advanced Open Water course where divers complete a series of dives in different environments.

This is where you want to be if you’re interested in completing your PADI Advanced Open Water Course, PADI Rescue Diver Course, Specialty Diver training and much more.

Challenge yourself with a Wreck Diver specialty course
Challenge yourself with a Wreck Diver specialty course

Specialty dive training allows divers to “specialize” on a particular set of skills or diving environments relevant to their “subject” area of the course, such as the PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty Course, Solo Diver, Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Photography, Equipment Specialist, Enriched Air Nitrox and a ton of other great courses!  You can even combine a Specialty Course with your Advanced Open Water Class.

Specialty training is designed to give divers a good exposure to their specialized environment.  Skill mastery and the level of aptitude is not as in depth as an overhead environment, cave or technical diving course.

Immerse yourself in total diving comfort year round regardless of depth or Temp. Take the Drysuit Specialty Course
Immerse yourself in total diving comfort year round regardless of depth or Temp. Take the Drysuit Specialty Course

For divers who are looking for the absolute highest challenge in diving without walking down the leadership trail, technical diving specialties give you the greatest degree of information are designed to provide more detailed training than specialty diver courses and result in more extensive qualifications.

Dan’s offers specialty dive courses from PADINAUI TecSDI and TDI

What will you learn?

Our PADI Advanced Open Water Course is a great “next step” in your diving career enroute to bigger and better things.  Take Your Advanced as a Stand Alone Class with us or combine it with our Master Diver Bundle.

Dive the amazing Tiller Wreck in Lake Ontario

Designed as the next component to your dive education, new or experienced divers will learn a multitude of new diving skills, styles of diving and dives in different types of diving environments under the supervision of one of our PADI Instructors.

As our Open Water Course taught you a more progressive way to streamline you and your equipment, we take those basic concepts and improve your fin techniques, balance you more in the water, reduce the overall amount of excess weight from your bcd/weight system, introduce you to a new fin kicks, improve your trim, buoyancy, buddy awareness and air management techniques using the “rule of thirds” and even let you benefit from the warmth and comfort of a drysuit for all training dives.

Many “non certified” Dan’s divers take this course and quickly see the difference in our awesome dive training too, so don’t be intimidated we’ll improve your diving beyond your wildest expectations., so You don’t have to have had any previous training with us, although we may ask you to do a checkout dive with us to see where you’re at in your diving before doing any training dives just to give us an idea of where you’re at skill wise.

Divers will be conducting a dive in Peak Performance Buoyancy, which is your most important dive in the Advanced Course because it fixes many of your equipment and dive related problems in order for you to move safely forward in your diving.

Generally speaking the next dive would be Underwater Navigation which is a core dive. You will learn how to use your compass for additional navigational challenges, as well as kick to distance ratios while improving your natural navigation skills.

Your next dive can be an elective. Some of our most popular electives are Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Night Dive, Drift Dive, Underwater Photography or Boat Dive.  Of course diving Dry is likely our most popular now and you’ll do an orientation in shallow water prior to Peak Buoyancy to learn how to use a drysuit.

After you’ve complete 3-4 dives your next dives are generally the Deep Dives, which is the most serious dives. We expect you to be able to control your buoyancy without any silt or environmental impact, while maintaining your air supply following safe air usage guidelines surfacing with 1/3 of your air supply as a gas reserve.  Diving dry will keep you warmer, improving air consumption and attentiveness at depth.  Divers must ascend and descend at a controlled rate including a mandatory safety stop for a minimum of 3 minutes at a depth of 15 feet.

If you exceed your maximum dive plan depth or violate thirds you will not pass this skills dive and have to re-do it.

Your Final dive for advanced open water could be a wreck dive, where you’ll learn about the features of the shipwreck, hazards, benefits, additional equipment used to engage in shipwrecks and much more.  Divers can also choose to do a “boat dive”or something different all together.  Please ask us for recommendations, but regardless of what we do (deep or wreck)  your final dive will see you hovering motionless on a safety stop like you’ve been doing it for years.

After you’ve completed your Advanced Open Water Course, we recommend you continue through either via specialties and of course take the PADI Rescue Diver Course, which is the minimum certification level we would suggest you achieve in diving.


Training Agency:

PADI

A classroom session (while not a normal requirement of this course) will take place prior to deep diving. In this session, we ensure that there is a thorough understanding of the features, benefits and safety aspects of deep and wreck diving are covered. Divers will learn what advanced diving is all about and what’s required to be an Advanced Open Water Diver.

Additional training and information is conducted on the dive site prior to the dive.

Prerequisites:

Open Water Diver
Minimum Age 15

Costs:

PADI Advanced Open Water Course with PADI Drysuit Certification cost is only $450+HST  including all required materials for both the PADI Advanced Open Water & Drysuit Diver Specialty Courses, as well as PADI certification card fees.  Divers wishing to dive colder and less comfortably can choose to complete Advanced Open Water dive checkouts in a traditional 7mm wetsuit at a discounted rate of only $350+HST.

Any park entry fees, parking, boat charters are all additional expenses unless otherwise specified.  If you’re joining  us for your Advanced course on a formal DDS Store Trip, the cost of the trip will most times include all boat diving fees, lodging and food.

The course cost and rental costs are never included in the trip cost unless specifically specified.

What gear will you need?

All of our PADI training requires the use of a dive computer, so you’ll need to make sure you have one as part of either your personal dive kit or as part of your scuba equipment rental package.

Any course above the Open Water Course rentals are not included.  This is because many open water divers have began to purchase some or all of their scuba equipment at this point, so you can rent additional pieces of gear as appropriate.

Students will also need a minimum of 2 lights (1 primary, 1 backup) if conducting a night dive. One light would suffice on a daytime deep dive. You’ll also need a surface marker buoy or SMB (We recommend one that can be sent up from depth on a spool of line).

DIVE DRY!

Drysuits will be provided as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water Course with appropriate undergarments and fins.

Experience diving smarter, not harder! Dry is more comfortable, less effort, warmer and extends your dive season!

 

For students wishing to be more comfortable during open water training dives, students can take advantage of diving dry in a DUI drysuit and experience how much more fun and enjoyable drysuit diving is with increased mobility, more precision buoyancy control, faster heat rejuvenation and less post dive fatigue, which are just some of the  many benefits of diving drysuit vs. wetsuit.

Students can choose to dive a wetsuit as well at a lesser cost.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular courses divers are often interested in taking after Advanced Open Water.

  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Drysuit Diver
  • NTEC
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Intro to Tech

What will you learn?

The PADI Rescue Diver Course is the bare minimum a recreational diver should achieve in their quest for certifications as every diver has a problem above or below the water at some point if you dive enough.

Accidents are most likely to happen to new divers within the first 20 dives of their career, so knowing how to prevent and control problems will help you deal with obstacles in your way, or eliminate issues.

You will learn how to prevent, assess and control problems above and below the water.

You should know how to handle a situation when things go wrong underwater or on the surface.

Make diving safer for you and everyone with the most fun PADI course – Rescue Diver

This is the one dive course that many graduates would call their favourite and most Memorable PADI dive course.

If you’ve got the Advanced Open Water Program under your belt, this is your next step towards your PADI Master Scuba Diver Rating.

Students will gain life saving skills that will help them to save themselves and other divers from a potentially dangerous situation and test their own personal limits and comfort.

Who should take this course?

This course is a must for anyone whether you’re an avid diver, or even more importantly, the diver who dives down south on vacation, as once a year divers are more likely to experience a diver in distress.

Many divers have received improper training from other shops or instructors, many divers have NOT kept up their level of proficiency or personal diving skills, equipment configuration or knowledge.

Training Agency:

PADI

Details of what you’ll learn:

Dan’s Rescue program encompasses advanced dive theory, rescue techniques such as prevention, readiness to respond, First Aid, CPR, decompression injuries, underwater search and recovery, specialized equipment, equipment care and maintenance, pool and open water sessions.

There will be a weekend of Open Water Training Scenarios where Divers will experience simulated “real life” situations that they could encounter in a real diving situation such as out of air divers, missing divers, a panic diver, diver with a pressure related injury, diver requiring immediate first aid, unconscious diver and many other scenarios.

Our course is well over 25 hours of action packed information, diving and excitement.

What gear do you need?

You will need your personal scuba equipment, along with a surface marker, safety reel or spool 100′-150′ of line, waterproof notebook or dive slate, cutting tools, CPR/O2 pocket mask, audible surface signalling device.

DDS will supply all oxygen related first aid equipment, rescue throw bags, etc.

Prerequisites:

Divers need to be certified Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Maintain Current First Aid/CPR (Emergency First Response and Oxygen Provider Courses are available and often run near the Rescue dates), Minimum age of 15 years old.

Cost is only $350 + HST and includes PADI Rescue Diver Crewpak, Certification Fee.

If you’re interested in this course come in and get your books and start your journey to safer diving today.

Where can I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Master Scuba Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Intro To Tech
  • Solo Diver

Name that fish?

If you’ve ever been diving down south on vacation and wondered “What was that??”, then this is the course for you.

Want to know what you’re looking at? Take this course!

The PADI Project AWARE Fish Identification Specialty course provides you with the fish identification basics so that next time, you know the answer.

This course teaches you the main fish families so that you’ll be able to easily identify the different characteristics to help you identify fish species all over the world. Your dives will also become more interesting as each reef will have its own unique ecosystem.

Over the course of two dives, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies
  • How to practice fish identification dive planning, organization and procedures

Prerequisites:

Minimum 10 years old
Open Water Diver

Cost $175+HST with PADI Adventures in Diving Manual.

Availability:

Upon Request. Contact the shop to find out when our next warm water dive trip is scheduled for and why not take this specialty course while on vacation with Dan’s?

Training Agency:

PADI

What’s your next step?

These courses will help you gain more skill and academic proficiency:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Rescue Diver

Do you know your way around a dive boat?

Do you know your port side from your starboard side when on a boat? Do you know what a “head” is – and what it’s used for (hint: it’s critical to a fun boat diving experience)?

Spend a day, a weekend or a week on a boat with us and complete the course.

These are just a few of the things you’ll learn with the Boat Diver Specialty course. Some other things you’ll learn include:

  • Different methods of boat entries and exits
  • Use of lines and other safety gear
  • Boat terminology
  • Correct boat diving procedures and etiquette (you don’t want to upset the captain or other divers!)
  • Boat hazards and safety considerations

You can start by reading the PADI Boat Diver Manual and watching the Boat Diving video in preparation for meeting with your instructor to schedule the boat dives. Stop by Dan’s Dive Shop to enroll in the course and get your Boat Diver Crew-Pak and start learning.

Prerequisites:

Minimum 10 years old
Open Water Diver

Cost: $150 +HST includes PADI Boat Diver Manual

Availability?

Upon Request. Contact the shop to find out when our next charter dive trip is scheduled for and why not take earn this Specialty rating while enjoying a bit of underwater time with Dan’s?

Training Agency:

PADI

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Aware Fish Identification
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Rescue Diver

What will you learn?

A rare view of the spring water meeting the tannic water of the Santa Fe River in Florida

See Diving in a different light, your own and the ambient light from the cavern entrance lighting up your experience as you engage in one of the most beautiful, rewarding, skill building dive courses you’ll ever take!

Cavern Diving is simply an amazing course in an amazing environment teaching you amazing skills like how to use a reel properly as a guideline into the overhead environment, proper gas management, how to handle out of air emergencies in the overhead environment, as well as silt out’s, lost line drills and much more.

Prerequisite:

Minimum 18 years old
Advanced Open Water Diver

What gear will you need?

Progressive scuba configuration (backplate or approved harness, DIN regulators rigged with proper hose lengths,  2 reels or spools, 2 cutting tools, primary light (Goodman handle mounted) and 2 backup flashlights (twist actuator lights, no switches),

Availability:

We teach cavern and cave courses regularly. Contact the shop to find out when we are heading down to Florida, Mexico, or the Dominican Republic again. Vacation with Dan’s and earn your Cavern Diver Specialty today.

Cost: $325+HST includes Cavern Diving Manual

Training Agency:

PADI

Details:

Caverns exist in many dive spots all over the world and vary from freshwater springs, to ocean coastlines and volcanic islands. While these spots are  stunning and beautiful from a diver’s perspective they can be dangerous without the proper knowledge and skills to enter and explore them correctly.

If you’re ready for a challenge and want to develop the skills to safely explore a cavern, this is an exciting and incredibly rewarding course which will open up more diving possibilities and experiences for you as a diver.

Topics and skills you’ll cover include:

  • Line handling and protocol along with reel use inside a cavern
  • Other specialized equipment for cavern diving, such as lights and redundant breathing systems.
  • Avoiding disorientation and anti-silting techniques
  • Dive planning, including depth and distance limits and air management for cavern diving.

* Advanced Cavern & Cave Diving Courses are also available Ask Us for Details.

Details:

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Intro to Tech
  • Advanced Cavern
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1
  • Sidemount or Technical Sidemount Diver
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver
  • Rebreather Diver

What will you learn?

Add some depth to your diving with our PADI Deep Diver Course.

Learn how to dive better, utilizing more streamlining of your gear and your body.

Dive with more confidence as you engage in dives using redundant breathing systems.

Learn how to properly plan dive plans, over-plans, manage emergencies and equipment related failures and self rescue techniques.

Prerequisite:

Advanced Open Water Diver

Availability:

Upon Request. Contact the shop to find out when we are running our next courses.

Cost: $350 +HST Includes PADI Deep Diver Manual

Training Agency:

PADI

Details:

Extend your dive limits with the Deep Diver course
Extend your dive limits with the Deep Diver course

Our Deep Diving program focuses on skill proficiency and ability before we go deep.

Upon certification, divers will be certified to dive to 130′, so proper skills, buoyancy, dive planning, self rescue techniques are needed first.

We will spend 1 day in shallow water working on trim, posture, buoyancy, management of emergency bailout systems, double tanks, sidemounted tanks, or high capacity single tank with h-valve.

Divers will learn how to deploy a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) from depth with a safety spool and simulate decompression stops in an “over-plan” scenario.

Depth stabilization is a must, as divers cannot waiver up and down in their buoyancy. Buoyancy must remain constant, divers must be able to maintain depth within 2′.

If a diver does not have the skill, experience or buoyancy to safely engage in deep diving activities they can cause harm to themselves or their dive buddies.

Our Deep Diver course is structured in a different and more thorough way to make you the best diver you can be and prepare you mentally and physically for deep diving activities.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Wreck Diver
  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cavern
  • Cave 1
  • Sidemount Diver or Tech Sidemount
  • Tech 1
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver
  • Rebreather

What will you learn?

Photographer Fawn Messer in trim with perfect buoyancy photographing Giant Manta Rays in Socorro Mexico

The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty course is available for divers or snorkelers as we offer 2 levels of digital underwater photography.

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba diving adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a more complicated dSLR camera like the many of our divers.

Prerequisites:

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Digital Underwater Photographer course.

Snorkelers.  Because underwater photography is also popular with snorkelers, there is an option for avid snorkelers and skin divers to complete the course.

Additional Details:

Divers interested in progressing forward can use this course to take them one step closer toward their Master Scuba Diver Rating.

Learn how to take your first underwater photographs or fine tune your existing skills to produce photographs that will stun your friends. You’ll learn the basics of underwater photography such as composition, Digital Camera Techniques, camera handling, with special emphasis on practical techniques. You’ll learn underwater photography dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and potential problems. You’ll also learn how to care for and maintain your camera equipment.

Cost: $175+HST for Level 1 or snorkeler
$175 +HST for Level 2 Diver Level with Open Water Dives

Availability:

The Course is usually conducted over a day of classroom, pool session at Brock University followed by 2 open water dives.

Digital Underwater Photography Level 1 doesn’t require any open water dives.  Level 2 requires open water dives.

Call store or email us to set up your course today.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Boat Diver
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Rescue Diver
  • Intro to Tech

What will you learn?

That DPV’s are the most fun you can have underwater!

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. DPV Diving extends your range and makes diving way more fun!

Our PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course is an exceptional experience!

DPV’s are a thrilling way to cover a lot of ground underwater using less gas and physical effort, scooters propel you through the water without having to kick.

Whether you are diving from a boat or shore, a DPV is a great way to see more underwater and have more fun doing it.

Learn how to steer, stow, care for and enjoy a DPV

Most dive stores use scooters that are not much better than pool toys, while Dan’s DPV courses are all conducted using long range expedition grade scooters that go faster, burn longer and are the best quality ride you’ll ever experience, while being the benchmark in reliability and design.

One of the most fun ways to spend time breathing underwater is to do it on an underwater scooter. Diver Propulsion Vehicles are fun, fast and makes any dive more exciting!

Additional Details:

Learn about the different types and features of DPVs, their maintenance, transportation, use in dive planning and safety, and DPV diving procedures.  You’ll also learn the basic techniques of using a DPV, problems, hazards and more as you complete two open water dives with one of our SUEX Diver Propulsion Vehicles

We use only the highest quality diver propulsion vehicles, as the cheaper lower quality units are always leaking, breaking down or just don’t give you the ride you deserve. For this reason we have chosen DPV’s manufacturered by SUEX as our top choice for quality and reliable diver propulsion vehicles.

Ride in style with us and learn the right way to dive and the right way to scooter around your favourite dive sites.

Using a DPV can benefit you when diving large bodies of water like Sherkston Quarry, or take you to some off-shore wrecks like the Kinghorn in Rockport, or the Raleigh off of Sherkston Beach.  They’re also a huge benefit when diving huge shipwrecks or sites like like the Empress of Ireland or the Roy A. Jodery where you want to get to specific points of the site quickly to focus your remaining dive time in that area.

Diver Propulsion vehicles are a tool to take you somewhere cool – be it quarries, mines, wrecks, reefs or caves. A DPV is a lot of fun and you won’t want to leave home without one, so rent or buy yours from us today and continue on in more advanced DPV courses like Technical DPV and Extreme Exposure DPV Diver.

Diver Propulsion Vehicles also cut back your air consumption giving you more bottom time to explore (within NDL).

Prerequisites:

Open Water Diver

Availability:

This course is offered several times throughout the year both local and away, please call or email the store for availability.

Private instruction is also available for a slightly higher cost.

Cost: $225 +HST includes PADI DPV Manual, certification fee.

Course cost does not include charter fees or park admission fees.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • NTEC
  • Intro to Tech
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver

What will you learn?

Go with the flow - literally - with a drift diving specialty
Go with the flow – literally – with a drift diving specialty

We have the Niagara River and Chippawa Creek in our backyard so this course is perfect!

Learn about the different types of drift diving environments and how to safely dive them.

Drift Diving is fun, easy on some dives and can be challenging on more advanced drifts.

This course offers you a sampling of different drift diving environments and will give you experience to drift dive most places after certification.

Prerequisites:

Minimum age of 10 with Open Water certification

Availability:

Upon Request. Contact the shop to find out when we are running one of our Drift Diver Courses.

Cost: $150+HST includes PADI Drift Diver Manual

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

In the Niagara region, we do a lot of drift diving in the Upper & Lower Niagara River and Chippawa Creek, so you’re in luck because we drift dive at least weekly in these locations and have extensive experience and knowledge of these sites.

This course is available to divers who want to experience a range of different types of drifts under the direct supervision of your PADI Instructor and get the recognition for it in a formalized course.

These courses will help you gain more skill and academic proficiency:

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Night Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Rescue Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Solo Diver

What will you learn?

Drysuit Divers are happier! Dive all year long, Dive Deeper for longer and have more fun! Join us!

Have you ever really enjoyed diving cold?

Are you excited to dive in cold water in a wetsuit?

Do you smile after a dive like we do?

Drysuit Diving is simply easier than 5-7mm wetsuit diving, more fun, more comfortable and you’ll dive more often!

When ice pellets are hitting your neck like shrapnel, your suit is getting stiffer and you jump in the water to warm up you know it's an addiction.
When ice pellets are hitting your neck like shrapnel, your suit is getting stiffer as it freezes to you and you jump in the water to warm up you know it’s an addiction.

Want to stay warm? Want to extend your scuba diving season? Then its time to dive dry.

A drysuit seals you off from the water and keeps you dry, warm and comfortable, even in surprisingly cold water. Drysuits are also windproof so when you’re diving on windy cold winter days you can stay warm locking the warmth inside the drysuit like the above photo taken December 7th 2014 on the way out to the Tiller Wreck off Port Dalhousie.

There are more incredible dives, vibrant colours and adventure in the world’s cooler regions and in some areas, conditions are even better in colder months. Becoming a dry suit diver allows you to expand your boundaries and dive more places, more often, with more comfort and enjoyment.

Prerequisites:

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enrol in the Dry Suit Diver course.

Take this course as part of your Open Water course or your Advanced Open Water Course.

Availability:

Stop into DDS to enrol in the course and pick up a PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual.  We’ll arrange a course with you and setup a time for class and to watch the PADI Dry Suit Diving video or you can purchase the video crewpack. By reading the manual and watching the video before class, you’ll be ready to get into the water with us and start practicing with your drysuit or one of our rentals if you haven’t decided which suit to go with yet.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Reduce Diver drop-out and enjoy diving locally as well as away on trips.

Immerse yourself in total diving comfort year round regardless of depth or Temp. Take the Drysuit Specialty Course

Cold water diving is the most exciting type of diving you’ll ever experience, especially here in Canada with the worlds best shipwrecks, amazing wall diving, drift diving, ice diving, deep or technical diving and the most vibrant colours you’ll see diving places like B.C. or Les Escoumins, QC., Iceland and so many other cold water places that offer the most exceptional visibility.  It’s not uncommon to have 100-200′ visibility in Tobermory, Lake Ontario, etc.

You don’t have to dive wet and you don’t have to dive cold! It’s no fun and it’s more work.

A properly fitted drysuit and appropriate drysuit underwear system should give you the ability to dive in any thermal environment more comfortably and more enjoyably than a wetsuit.

Drysuits are easier to put on than wetsuits.

Drysuits last longer than wetsuits. 20 years versus 2-4 years.

Drysuits allow you to dive year round.

Experience diving smarter, not harder! Dry is more comfortable, less effort, warmer and extends your dive season!

The first thing you’ll discover is how much more comfortable drysuits are to wear.  Dan’s has a full rental fleet of mens and ladies DUI Drysuits (the best drysuits on the market) and we’ve focussed on offering you the most comfortable suit and underwear combinations.

Next, you’ll learn how to take care of your dry suit. During two dives, in addition to a confined water dive, you’ll practice:

  • Putting on and taking off your dry suit with minimal assistance.
  • Mastering buoyancy control using your dry suit.
  • Dive safety procedures when using a dry suit.

The first dive of this Specialty Course can count as a dive credit PADI Advanced Open Water certification.

Cost:  $350+HST Includes Manual and certification card and DUI Drysuit Rental for Pool and Open Water Dives

OR$225+HST as part of the PADI Open Water Course or PADI Advanced Open Water Course. Includes Drysuit Rental for Open Water Dives

OR II: $150 with when you purchase your drysuit from DDS.

Required Equipment?

Clearly a drysuit is necessary along with your  basic scuba equipment.

Additional weights, likely a larger pair of fins.

Where can you go from here?

  • Anywhere
  • Cold Water Diving
  • Deep Diver
  • NTEC
  • Ice Diver (after Intro to Tech)
  • Technical Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Underwater Photographer

Anything you do will be more fun in the right drysuit.

What will you learn?

Dive Longer, Feel Better, Upgrade your course to an Enriched Air Nitrox Open Water Course
Dive Longer, Feel Better, Upgrade your course to an Enriched Air Nitrox Open Water Course

Enriched Air Nitrox is the most interesting academic diving course with a greater understanding of what’s happening to your body:  decompression theory, gas laws, physiology, dive planning, managing oxygen exposure and so much more.

Nitrox is a great course for divers who want to learn more about dive science and benefit from a more efficient breathing medium that allows more bottom time, allowing divers to see more, dive more and do more dives per day with shorter surface intervals.

Prerequisites:

Minimum age is 12 years, however,  we feel 15 years of age is more suited to the scope of the academics, unless doing a simplified computer based nitrox course.

Take this course as part of your Open Water course or your Advanced Open Water Course.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Nitrox is the most popular dive specialty available now on the market.  Divers looking to advanced their diving to a more skill and theory oriented style of diving can use Nitrox as a stepping stone towards deeper, more advanced, technical, cave diving applications, as well as rebreather diving.

Diving Nitrox Allows Divers to:

  • Do more dives per day
  • Reduce Nitrogen Uptake  by reducing the risk of Decompression Illness.  By giving your body much needed oxygen to supply tissue/oxygen demands if diving nitrox as air, you on-gass less N2 and increase safety reducing the risk of DCS by up to 46%.
  • More Bottom Time increasing NO Stop dive limits. * For Example Diving an EAN40 (40% Oxygen/60% Nitrogen) gives a diver 240 min’s of No Decompression time at 60fsw vs. 60ft for 55min’s on regular air diving tables.
  • Reduce Post Dive Fatigue.  No more feeling burned out after air dives. Nitrox will make you feel better and more awake after dives.

At Dan’s we teach the Highest Quality Nitrox Course around.  No one has as much experience in the field of mixed gas and technical diving than Dan’s, so learn from the best.

Our facility has been the top nitrox and technical dive training facility since the 1990’s.  If you want the most thorough Nitrox training course, ours is the one you’ll want.

Cost: $119.95-$229.95 call store for more specifics.

Where can I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Underwater Photography
  • NTEC or Intro to Tech
  • Cavern Diver

What will you learn?

Have you ever looked at your dive gear and wished you knew how it all worked? You can learn about all the gear you dive with in this care and maintenance course.

How it works. Learn to maintain your gear.

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

Prerequisites:

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enrol in the Equipment Specialist course.

Additional Details:

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. We will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

Visit our store to enroll in the course and get The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving to use as a reference during the course.

Bring your basic scuba equipment to class and if you like we can take it apart and show you a little bit more about how its made.

Know your gear better and earn this fun and enjoyable certification

Cost: $175+HST Includes PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Manual.

These courses will help you gain more skill and academic proficiency:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty
  • Deep Diver
  • Intro to Tech
  • Divemaster
  • Tech 1
  • Rebreather

What will you learn?

Ice Diving is one of the most serious diving environments, one of the most demanding, beautiful and potentially dangerous environments to explore without the proper training.

Get instant respect, and usually a lot of questions from other divers about what it’s like under the ice.

You’ll learn a lot in this course about prepping your gear, the dive site, specialized equipment you’ll be using in the overhead environment, rescue techniques, line handling, emergency procedures and much more. Ice Diving requires a lot of diver setup, equipment, dive team management and logistics.

Prerequisites:

Advanced Open Water Certification
Enriched Air Nitrox
NAUI Intro to Tech (highly recommended)
Drysuit Diver Specialty

Additional Details:

Teamwork is essential for ice diving, so you’ll start by learning the roles and responsibilities of support personnel, tenders and safety divers.

Your Ice Diving course includes a minimum of three open water dives limited to a maximum depth of 40 feet in a horizontal line from the penetration hole.

Your training includes developing proficiency in many skills including equipment removal and replacement, underwater navigation, use of harnesses and line techniques, silt-out/black-water procedures, exposure hazards and treatment, ice cutting and characteristics, signaling, and much more.  You’ll also discuss types of ice, site selection and prepartion, the effects of cold, emergency procedures and handling equipment issues.

Additional topics covered in your course include atmospheric conditions and characteristics of ice structure, wind chill factors, cold stress, dehydration and first aid, surface clothing and dry suits, penetration holes, and dive site preparation.

  • Using specialized ice diving equipment and safety lines.
  • Signals and communications along with line tending and line-securing techniques.

How can you start learning now?

Visit our store to enroll in the course or set up a meeting with your instructor who can help guide you through the steps required to enrolling in this amazing course. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.

Cost: $339+HST includes materials and certification fees.

What scuba gear will you use?

Double Tank setup of at least 160 cubic feet with Isolation Manifold or Sidemounted Tanks (if Technical Sidemount has been completed) Drysuit, dry gloves (recommended), Primary Dive Light, 2 back-up lights, Safety Reel/Spool 150′, * Ice Diving Harness, * Lines (* will be provided by our staff for the course if necessary).

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Cavern Diver
  • Wreck Penetration Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1 Diver
  • Trimix Diver
  • Technical Wreck Penetration

What will you learn?

The SDI Ice Tender Course is a wonderful course for divers who are curious about, but not necessarily ready to take the icy plunge, but who want to complete the academic portion of the course and assist in setup, support and tendering operations. Ice Diving is one of the most serious diving environments, one of the most demanding, beautiful and potentially dangerous environments to explore without the proper training, this course can bring you one step closer to understanding the rules and effort that goes into ice diving.

You’ll learn a lot in this course about prepping your gear, the dive site, specialized equipment that divers utilize and why they do so in the overhead environment, rescue techniques, line handling, emergency procedures and much more. Ice Diving requires a lot of diver setup, equipment, dive team management and logistics, you can help make this easier.

Prerequisites:

Be at least 18 years of age
No scuba certification required as this is a non-diving specialty course.

Additional Details:

Teamwork is essential for ice diving, so you’ll start by learning the roles and responsibilities of support personnel, tenders and safety divers.

As an ice diving tender, you’ll tender a minimum of three open water dives limited to a maximum depth of 40 feet in a horizontal line from the penetration hole.

Your training includes developing proficiency in many skills including equipment removal and replacement, use of harnesses and line techniques, exposure hazards and treatment, ice cutting and characteristics, signaling, and much more.  You’ll also discuss types of ice, site selection and prepartion, the effects of cold, emergency procedures and handling equipment issues.

Additional topics covered in your course include atmospheric conditions and characteristics of ice structure, wind chill factors, cold stress, dehydration and first aid, surface clothing and dry suits, penetration holes, and dive site preparation.

  • Using specialized ice diving equipment and safety lines.
  • Signals and communications along with line tending and line-securing techniques.

How can you start learning now?

Visit our store to enroll in the course or set up a meeting with your instructor who can help guide you through the steps required to enrolling in this amazing course. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.

Cost: $175+HST includes materials and certification fees.

What gear will you use?

* Ice Diving Harness, * Lines, *Chainsaw (* will be provided by our staff for the course if necessary). You’ll be responsible for your own foul weather gear or we can dress you in a drysuit with appropriate undergarment for accidental immersion in the water.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Cavern Diver
  • Wreck Penetration Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1 Diver
  • Trimix Diver
  • Technical Wreck Penetration

What will you learn?

There is nothing quite as mysterious or unique as dropping below the surface into the darkness.  Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene colours change, the site seems somehow more alive, and if you’re diving down south the life changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge.

If you’ve ever wondered what the dive will look like when the sun goes down you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you take your PADI Night Diver Specialty course with us.

Learn how to handle “Light’s Out” equipment failures, light communications and more.

Prerequisites:

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 12 years old, can enrol in the Night Diver specialty course.

Cost: $150+HST Includes PADI Night Diver Manual

Additional Details:

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, so a suitable torch is always recommended, see our store staff and instructors for recommendations.

You’ll have a greater focus on controlling your buoyancy, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

  • Light handling and communication techniques.
  • Entering, exiting and navigating in the dark.
  • Identifying how plants and animals differ or change behaviour at night.

Also, the first dive of this Night Diver Course may credit as a dive toward your PADI Advanced Open Water certification (although we generally suggest you do all 5 of the minimum dives regardless)– ask your instructor about earning credit.

To enrol in the course, come and visit our store, pickup your PADI Night Diver materials. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared for the thrill of exploring the underwater world at night.

What gear will you need?

Along with your full scuba equipment setup, you’ll need a primary dive light and want to have a backup light, too.

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Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Cavern Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Intro to Tech

What will you learn?

Stare down with a Giant Manta Ray……PRICELESS!

Excellent buoyancy control is what every diver should strive for.  It defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air, ascend, descend or hover perfectly still and perfectly horizontal almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings, they don’t stir up silt on the bottom because they frog kick and have great trim.  You can achieve this style of diving too.

Our PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates you towards the next level.

Prerequisites:

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Availability:

Course can be conducted as a group or private course, please contact the store to schedule in your Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty.

Cost: $150+HST

Additional Details:

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to:

  • Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not overweight, this will improve your trim.
  • Trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water and redistribute your weight off the hips if possible.
  • Streamline to save energy, use air more efficiently and move more smoothly through the water with the right fin kicks.
  • Hover effortlessly in a horizontal position.

What scuba gear will you use?

It’s best to use your own scuba equipment so that you fine-tune your buoyancy in gear you’ll use on every dive.Our Staff will help you find the equipment that is best for you and your diving.

Where can I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • DPV Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Cavern Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Intro to Tech

What will you learn?

It happens……People accidentally drop things from docks, off boats or even while scuba diving.

If you’ve ever lost something in the water and wanted to go find it, then the PADI Search and Recovery Diver Specialty course is for you.

There are effective ways to search for objects underwater that increase your chances of success. And there are good and better methods to bring up small, large or just awkward items. Search and recovery can be challenging, but a whole lot of fun.

Prerequisites:

PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old can enroll in the Search and Recover Diver course. PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers with our PADI Underwater Navigator certification also qualify.

Additional Details:

Gathering information and resources, then carefully planning a search are the first important steps you learn. During four scuba dives you’ll practice:

  • Swimming search patterns using your compass and natural navigation.
  • Locating large and small objects using various search patterns.
  • Using a lift bag for large or heavy objects, plus other recovery methods.
  • Planning a search operation based on facts gathered about a lost object prior to the dive.

Also, the first dive of this course may be credited towards your Advanced Open Water certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

How can you start learning now?

Visit our store to enroll in the course and pick up your PADI Search and Recovery Crew-Pack that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your search and recovery skills when you meet with your instructor.

Cost: $150+HST includes materials.

What scuba gear will you use?

Besides basic scuba setup, you’ll need a wrist compass and underwater slate or notebook with waterproof pages, a light, as well as some other gear that may help with your searches, such as a surface marker buoy or lift bag. Lines and reels will be provided by our staff for the course if necessary.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Divemaster

What will you learn?

Take a closer look and see more on your next dive. Look for symbioses, predator/prey and other relationships between aquatic plant and animal life. Learn not just what fish and animals are, but how they interact with each other and the environment.

Learn about why some creatures behave the way they do and what their role is in the aquatic ecosystem.

Prerequisites:

Open Water or Junior Open Water Diver minimum 10 years of age.

Additional Details:

You’ll learn about the major aquatic life groupings, interactions and factual information that dispels negative myths about the underwater world. Topics include:

  • The role of aquatic plants, food chains and predator prey relationships
  • Responsible interactions with aquatic life
  • The underwater naturalist’s view of organisms and their roles in the environment

You put this information into practice during your two open water dives.

Cost: $150+HST includes materials

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Aware Fish Identification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver

What will you learn?

Be the scuba diver everyone wants to follow because you know where you are and where you’re going.

The PADI Underwater Navigator course fine-tunes your observation skills and teaches you to more accurately use your compass underwater. If you like challenges with big rewards, take this course and have fun finding your way.

Prerequisites:

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course.

Cost: $150+HST includes materials.

Additional Details:

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

  • Methods to estimate distance underwater.
  • Compass navigation while making at least five turns.
  • Marking or relocating a submerged object or position from the surface.
  • Underwater map making.

Also, the first dive of this program can be counted towards your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver rating.

How can you start learning now?

Visit our store to enroll in the course and get the PADI Underwater Navigator Crew-Pack that includes your manual and video. By studying before class, you’ll be better prepared to start practicing your navigational skills when you meet with your PADI Instructor.

What scuba gear will you use?

Besides your basic scuba gear, you’ll need a compass and underwater slate or underwater notebook with waterproof paper.  Our staff may suggest other gear to help you stay oriented, such as marker buoys or lines and reels, which can be supplied by your instructor for the course.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Aware Fish Identification
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Search & Recovery

What will you learn?

Capture memories that’ll last forever and learn a few tricks from us along the way

Video is the best way to share the sights, sounds, motion and dynamics of the underwater world. If you want to get the best clips and also learn to edit your scuba diving stories to share with friends through ScubaEarth® and other social media, then the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course is for you. Learn to create underwater videos that are interesting, entertaining and worth watching again and again.

Prerequisites:

If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 10 years old, you can enroll in the PADI Underwater Videographer Specialty course.

Cost: $175+HST includes materials.

Additional Details:

Your PADI Instructor will explain how to select, maintain and care for your underwater video equipment, whether it’s a housed unit with external lights, or your underwater camera that also shoots video. You’ll cover fundamentals such as exposure, focus, story line and sequencing. Post dive, you’ll learn about the editing process and how to produce a video that truly captures your scuba adventures.

How can you start learning now?

Digital Underwater Photographer Online – PADI’s eLearning option – cover the basics of underwater imaging, with the third section dedicated to video. Although the first two sections focus on still photography, this web-based educational program guides you through the principles of great underwater imaging, which includes video. By studying independently online, you’re ready to complete both specialty courses – Underwater Videographer and Digital Underwater Photographer.

Call or email the store to find out more details or pop by and sign up today.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll be using your scuba diving equipment package, as well as of course a digital underwater video camera device such as a GoPro, Sealife or Ikelite camera system. To edit your video, you’ll need access to video editing equipment, which usually includes a computer with editing software. Ask your PADI Instructor about what additional equipment you may need for getting high-quality underwater video while diving locally.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Photography
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Intro to Tech

What will you learn?

Explore shipwrecks with the right gear, training and comfort level
Explore shipwrecks with the right gear, training and comfort level

Shipwreck diving is one of the most unique, enjoyable and diverse types of diving available, and being here in the Great Lakes region, we have more shipwrecks that are awaiting your exploration than virtually anywhere else in the world!

Each wreck dive offers a chance for discovery, potentially unlocking a mystery or spotting something others have missed. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course is popular because it offers rewarding adventures while observing responsible wreck diving practices.

Prerequisites:

If you’re at least 15 years old and have earned a PADI Advanced Open Water certification or higher, you can enroll in our Wreck Diver Specialty course.

Additional Details:

There are many different types of wrecks, some of which are protected by laws that guard their historical and cultural significance. Your training starts by reviewing guidelines for researching and respecting wrecks. During four dives you’ll learn:

  • Safety considerations for navigating and exploring wrecks.
  • Surveying and mapping a wreck.
  • Using penetration lines and reels to guide exploration.
  • Techniques to avoid kicking up silt or disturbing the wreck and its inhabitants.

Cost: $350+HST includes manual and certification fee.

How can you start learning now?

Get a PADI Wreck Diver Manual and Wreck Diving video from our store when you enroll in the course. Read the manual and watch the video before meeting with your PADI Instructor to discuss the wrecks you’ll visit during your open water scuba dives.

What scuba gear will you use?

You’ll need your basic scuba equipment configured with a DIR hose kit to streamline your regulator hoses, a primary and backup dive light, an underwater notebook, a wrist compass for mapping and navigation, and a primary reel, a backup spool and at least one surface marker buoy.

If you plan to engage in wreck penetrations double tanks or sidemounted tanks are required, as is pre-certification in Intro to Tech.  Feel free to contact us for more details.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Intro to Tech
  • Sidemount
  • Wreck Penetration
  • Cavern Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver

What will you learn?

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for a Sidemount Diver Specialty course with DDS.

Prerequisites:

If you’re an Open Water Diver or higher who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in one of our Recreational Sidemount Diver courses.

Additional Details:

Safer, Streamlined, Redundancy, Sidemount is Awesome!
Safer. Streamlined. Redundancy. Sidemount is Awesome!

Along with learning about the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, during one confined water and three open water scuba dives you’ll learn how to:

  • Properly assemble and configure sidemount scuba diving equipment.
  • Trim your weight system and sidemount gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water.
  • Manage gas by switching second stages as planned, when wearing two cylinders.
  • Respond correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving.

Cost:

Recreational Sidemount Course is only $349.99 +HST (based on a minimum of 3 students) $500ea+HST (1-2 students) $599 Private local. Does not include any park or dive charter fees. Students can save $50 when purchasing your Sidemount kit from DDS (Harness, Regulator package).

How can you start learning now?

Visit your us to enroll in the course and get your PADI Sidemount Diver Manual. You can read chapter one before meeting with your instructor to review key points. By studying ahead, you’ll be better prepared to start using your sidemount gear.

If technical diving interests you,we’d recommend completing one of our Intro to Tech classes and completing Technical Sidemount Diver certification.

What gear will you use?

You’ll want to use your own mask, fins and exposure suit.

Your Instructor or our staff will explain our progressive sidemount equipment configuration and what you’ll need with respect to harness and wing, 2 cylinders configured for sidemount with 2 regulators (DIN Only) and 2 SPG’s on 6-9″ hoses.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Sidemount Diver
  • Wreck Penetration
  • Cavern
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver

What will you learn?

Have you ever walked onto a dive boat and cringed seeing a bunch of divers putting their gear on every way but the correct way?

Have you ever walked on and felt like the most experienced diver on the boat?

When you’re better than the instructors and dive masters, sometimes its best to just dive solo!

Are you the diver they always pair the weakest diver on the boat with who cuts your dive short because they have no buoyancy or airway control?  You might be safer diving by yourself if this is the case.

If you have good buoyancy, experience, comfort and confidence, Solo Diver may be for you.

If you’re interested in more challenging diving environments or moving towards technical diving, Solo Diver may be for you.

Learning the art of self sufficiency and skill proficiency are the keys to success in our Solo Diving Course.

You’ll learn how to utilize safety equipment, redundant scuba air delivery systems, lift bag or surface marker buoy deployments with a spool and the benefits of utilizing a more progressive equipment configuration.

Prerequisites:

Advanced Open Water
Minimum 100 Logged Dives

Additional Details:

PADI Self Reliant Diver or Solo Diver certification gives you a license to enjoy the dive plan you want, to the target recreational diving depth you want without having to worry about anyone other than yourself. It’s a viable option instead of having to settle for a bad dive with inexperienced divers, but it does require advanced planning and redundant equipment.

This course is available privately for individuals or groups locally or wherever you are located.

Cost: $349.95+HST with materials and certification fees.

What gear will you need?

Personal scuba equipment, dive computer, high capacity single tank with an H-Valve, Single Tank with Pony Bottle, Sidemounted tanks or Backmounted Doubles, SMB, Reel/spool.

How can you get started?

Start Today with eLearning.

Call or email the store for more details

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Intro to Tech
  • Wreck Penetration
  • Deep Diver
  • Cavern Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Tech 1
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Diver

What will you learn?

Our NAUI NTEC Program is an awakening of sorts that introduces the recreational diver to more of the foundational essential skills that all modern divers should utilize.  NTEC is a mini workshop/experience program that outlines the benefits of diving with a more streamlined, simple, safe and comfortable equipment configuration.

It is a hands on opportunity for recreational divers to rig their gear using the most modern method of diving equipment configuration. We are currently offering NTEC on a regular basis with the opportunity to add-on an open water diving component with your Instructor to prepare you for the next step, which is the NAUI Intro to Tech Course.

Diving is something that is always evolving, improving and changing through new technology, training and experiences.  The concepts we implement and the way we think of posture, trim and technique gets taken to a new level of excellence as the average recreational diver has typically not been taught anything about trim, posture, streamlining themselves in water, or simplifying the equipment configuration.

NTEC introduces divers to streamlining gear for example how to clean up your existing equipment configuration, re-routing hoses that are too long or too short, as well as providing the diver with knowledge as to why this gear needs to be reconfigured or streamlined.

With NTEC, we utilize the use of a longer primary regulator hose, which is given in an out of air emergency to the out of air diver, while retaining the alternate air source quickly and easily because its located on a necklace around your neck.  Through additional streamlining we start removing all the “danglies” off the divers equipment, thus creating a sleeker, more efficient diver profile.

Our Style of Diving

The “Traditional” equipment configuration that is commonly used in diving has become dated and obsolete and needs revision, this is where the NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration has truly become “Today’s Equipment Configuration” for divers of all skill level from Open Water to Technical, Extreme Exposure Trimix, DPV, and Cave Diver.  It really is a multi-purpose, uniformed way to dive.

Who should take this course?

NAUI NTEC (NAUI TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION) is A Modern Equipment Configuration and Introductory Course for the diver who wants the benefit of utilizing today’s most modern equipment configuration in a single tank configuration or a double tank system with an eye on the NAUI Intro to Technical Diving Course as their next step in the learning progression.

We offer a great mentorship that allows you to gain the skills and experience prior to enrolling in the NAUI Intro to Tech Course, which is one of the most challenging and rewarding classes a diver will take.

Everyone should take this mini course.

Training Agency:

NAUI TEC

Additional Details:

This experience program outlines the benefits of diving with a more streamlined, simple, safe and comfortable equipment configuration.

NTEC is a wonderful Essential Skills primer for recreational divers to rig their gear using the most modern method of diving equipment configuration.

We are currently offering NTEC Seminars on a regular basis and can even do one that fits your schedule as well.

The NAUI NTEC Experience Program is a hands on classroom and equipment rigging session that allows the diver the opportunity to rig their equipment under the direct supervision of our NAUI Tec Instructor, followed by a Pool Session where skills will be demonstrated and students will have an opportunity to preview and work on these rudimentary skills.

While at the pool, you’ll learn the benefits of proper diving techniques, fin techniques, improved knowledge on trim and buoyancy, while shedding massive amounts of excess weight, bulk and drag versus a traditional equipment setup.

Upon Successful completion of the pool session there is an opportunity to complete an open water diving opportunity with 2 foundational skills dives and mentorship to help you move towards the NAUI Intro to Tech Course and pass it successfully.

Cost $100+HST Pool/Class Only
$350+HST Class/Pool/Open Waters

Prerequisites:

For Divers of ALL Skill Levels beginner to Instructor

Availability:

Can be an add-on to Open Water Diver and included with NAUI Intro to Tech.

Next Seminar: Pick a date and we’ll set it up for you or your group.

Available for Groups or Dive Clubs out of town, we’ll even come to you!

If you have any questions about this new cutting edge course or equipment send us an email: NTEC Info

Where can I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Intro To Tech
  • Solo Diver
  • Cavern Diver
  • Underwater Digital Photography

What will you learn?

Our  Naui Intro to Tech Course is a game changer, changing the way recreational divers think about diving and offers the recreational diver the ultimate challenge as well as a window into their diving future, as it begins unlocking doors to the right skills, the right information, the right techniques, the right knowledge and the right equipment configuration.

Our NAUI Intro To Tech course presents new challenges for recreational divers, while taking a  fundamental diving approach to buoyancy, trim, team diving, underwater and above land problem solving that requires sound solution thinking and finesse, while refining and mastering the rudimentary skills that most divers tend to lack at the recreational diving level.

Many divers consider this course to be the turning point in their diving career because it opens divers up to the more exciting challenges ahead like Technical Diving, Wreck Penetration, Trimix, Cave Diving, Technical Sidemount, Ice Diving and Expedition Diving for future dive explorers.

Our NAUI Intro to Tech Course is available to recreational divers in a single tank with H-valve configuration or for those divers wishing to move into Tech Diving with back mounted doubles.

Our program will help you develop better buoyancy, fin techniques, propulsion methods, all the while Improving Trim, Breaking BAD Habits, Diver Communication, Problem Solving abilities, Risk Management, Dive team Planning, Dive Equipment Streamlining, Horizontal Out of air sharing and more in backmounted doubles.

This course is available privately for individuals or groups locally or wherever you are located.

We are happy to offer this course locally or anywhere else in Canada.  DDS is a mobile shop with the ability to teach anywhere you need us.

This Program has become one of the scuba worlds Most Popular Courses for good reason. We feel Intro to Tech is the BEST Diving course on the market today, designed to challenge the diver with new skills, techniques and awareness. Step up to the plate and challenge yourself to be the best diver you can be.

Who should take this course?

Every Diver should take this course.

Divers of all skill levels who want to improve their diver awareness, trim, posture, buoyancy and gain skills to experience the ultimate diver comfort level.

Learn many of the skills and techniques that we as explorers utilize. If you want to learn how to swim in a more streamlined way with more efficient gear, the Intro to Tech course will expose you to the proper techniques to do so. If you’re looking for greater control in the water – whether it’s to take better pictures of our local wrecks, being able to hold steady and with precision while checking out the life on a coral reef, or just want have a greater comfort level in the water, this course teaches you those skills.

Air Sharing is habit forming skill divers must be able to do without thinking or changing depth.

For divers looking to get into deeper diving, overhead environment diving (Ice, Wreck, Cavern, Cave) or anyone wanting to go tech, this course is a MUST in foundational skill development.

You will learn how to dive all over again in this course and it will open your eyes up to better diving. It will show you a level of skill development and proficiency that you likely never realized was possible.

Prerequisites:

Be 18 years old or Older with Enriched Air Nitrox certification, a Minimum of 25 logged dives and have successfully completed our NAUI Ntec Workshop Open Water Mentorship Program or have extensive experience in doubles and a drysuit, a strong desire to challenge yourself and be the best diver you can be and meet the minimum skill requirements under the supervision of one of our TSL or Instructors,  our NAUI Intro to Tech is the right course for you.

You must be able to swim 400 meters in under 10 minutes and complete a 50 foot underwater breath hold swim in full technical equipment configuration.  This is the same for all of our technical courses.

This course is also available privately for individuals or groups.

Not From Niagara?  No Problem, DDS is totally mobile, if you can’t come to us, we can come to you wherever you are located.

Call or email the shop for details.

Training Agency:

NAUI TEC

Additional Details:

Our Naui Intro to Tech Course introduces candidates to a fundamental approach in diving through academic sessions outlining dive theory, trim and buoyancy control, alternative weighting strategies, team diving, rescue skills, breathing gas alternatives including nitrox, trimix, decompression gasses, gas consumption,  diver communication, light signals, equipment configuration, decompression theory, dive planning, and more.

Upon completion of class sessions and our NTEC Fit Clinic, divers will complete a pool session watermanship skills, followed by skill development sessions on dry land, on teh surface and underwater in the pool which is all video recorded for positive debriefing and future skill development.

During these pool sessions students are introduced to a number of new techniques which they begin refining and mastering as well as their rudimentary skills such as buoyancy, trim, posture, fin techniques with different propulsion methods including (modified frog kick, modified flutter kick, back kick, helicopter turns),

We work hard to help our divers in improving their trim, breaking BAD Habits like hand swimming, flutter kicking, knees dropping down or going vertical.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 4.40.20 PMSkills include horizontal ascents, descents, and hovering motionless, valve manipulation drills, air sharing, pre-dive safety checks evaluating equipment functionality and reliability, s-drills, fin techniques like modified frog kick, backwards frog kick, helicopter turns, modified flutter, pull and glide, how to run and follow a navigational line, rescue techniques, smb deployment and so much more are packed into one exceptional course.

Our NAUI Intro To Tech Course Will Refine, Challenge and Improve Every Aspect of Your Diving.

SMB Deployment
Learn how to deploy an SMB without changing depth

The Naui Intro to Tech program also offers divers a deeper look into diving science, physics, physiology and decompression theory including the NAUI RGBM decompression model which is the most validated decompression algorithm in recreational and technical scuba diving.

What are the gear requirements?

Divers will be introduced to a safer, more versatile and more user friendly/beneficial equipment configuration (NTEC) allowing divers take advantage of the benefits of diving better.

A list of required gear will be given to all students.  The wrong gear will hinder your successful performance in this course.  Don’t Buy Gear Without Speaking To Your Instructor First.

Recreational Divers taking the course to improve skills in a single tank will be utilizing a single tank with H-Valve and 2 independent first and second stage regulators with DIR length hoses, backplate/wing system or equivalent, digital depth/timing device, 2 SMB/Spools, Primary and at least 1 backup light, proper exposure protection adequate for the planned dives with a pair of pockets, wetnotes, cutting tools, backup mask, primary mask, strap fins with spring heel strap not of the split or hinge variety

Recreational Divers taking this course to improve skills with a doubles configuration moving forward into technical diving or cave diving will be using same configuration with the addition of doubles, a second backup light.

All gear is designed to be streamlined using the KISS principal of “Keep It Simple and Streamlined”.

Intro to Tech is conducted over a 4 day window making it an intensive program. Students must understand that these skills may not be mastered without practice outside of the Naui Intro to Tech program, so diving with mentors from our store and divers who are at a higher skill level than you is highly recommended ahead of time.

All training dives are conducted in shallow water not exceeding 20 meters/60 feet and video recorded so divers can their progress moving forward and what to improve upon.

Read the Reviews

We are the most experienced divers and instructors in the country.  There are few people worldwide who share that same level of experience, much less exceed it, so check out what our graduates are saying about our courses in the Testimonials section.

Intro to Tech is the best scuba diving course to get you motivated, to get you diving better and to get you on the right path towards cave and technical diving.

If you want a challenging course that will test your skills, knowledge and ability this course is for you.

Cost:

$650+HST (based on a minimum of 3 students) includes NAUI NTEC Workshop, NAUI Intro to Tech CD, Intro to Tech Student Skills CD, Certification fees.

Intro to Tech is also available privately for the diver who has limited availability for time. Cost is $950+HST local and includes the above materials. Private instruction out of town may bear other additional expenses for travel, meals, fills, etc.

If you’re interested in this program a CD is available with a wealth of information.  Start changing your diving habits for the better today with Dan’s Dive Shop and our exceptional progressive dive training.

Where can I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Cavern
  • Solo Diver
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Advanced Nitrox
  • Technical Decompression Diver
  • Wreck Penetration
  • Helitrox
  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix
  • Rebreather
Technical 1 Divers doing a Helitrox Dive on Dufferin Wall in Tobermory, Ontario
Technical 1 Divers doing a Helitrox Dive on Dufferin Wall in Tobermory, Ontario

If you want to dive with a greater challenge, higher degree of discipline, utilizing more skill, gas management, extend your depth and bottom times cave or technical diving might just be for you.

Check out our Cave & Technical Diving Courses today.

Our Cancellation Policy: You may reschedule your class within a 2 week time period. No shows or last minute cancellations will be subject to rescheduling fee. If you can’t do the class, you may transfer your class fees to someone else who can.

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Things to Consider

– Not all dive courses are created equal.

– A perceived “too good to be true” priced scuba course often is and there are hidden costs that price it well above ours, while the quality is well below ours.

– As Canada’s Oldest PADI Dive Center we have pretty much seen it all over the last 40 years as we have paved our own way in diver education offering diving education that is a cut above the rest.  We offer all PADI Courses,  from Open Water to Advanced Open Water courses, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver Courses, PADI Assistant Instructor, Drysuit courses, Dive Speciality Courses,  and much more – all taught well above the minimum agency standards.

Why We’re Different – Do Your Homework

We know diving, but find out what others are learning from us. Check out our Testimonials Page.

Learn more about the Dan’s Difference in dive training.

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Check out our Photos and watch our Videos to see our divers in action….You could be featured in there yourself once you’re certified like many of our divers are.

Whether you are a new diver or a seasoned diver looking for more challenges or control in your diving, we offer the best dive training from the most experienced and accomplished scuba divers in the country, while offering you the best selection and pricing on scuba diving equipment from all the best scuba diving brands, local diving trips, exotic dive travel, weekly local dives and more.

Want More Challenges?

transition into technical and cave diving courses

For divers wanting more of a challenge DDS specializes in Cave and Technical Diving Courses offering the most in depth technical diving programs in the country including Intro to Tech,  Decompression Procedures, Trimix, Cavern and Cave Diver Level 1 & 2, Wreck External Survey and Wreck Penetration, Ice Diving, Technical Wreck Penetration, Rebreather Courses, Deep Diving, Mixed gas diving, Specialty Diver Courses all of which keep the adventure of scuba diving thriving.