PADI Scuba Courses – Learn to Scuba Dive

Learn to Scuba Dive with Dan’s and Explore Our World Above and Below

Learn to Scuba Dive. PADI Scuba Courses at Dan’s Dive Shop are the most thorough, exciting and modern in the industry.  Scuba Diving is the most unique, freeing, exciting and relaxing life experience in the world. Spend your life exploring above and below with us.  Locally there are thousands of great dive sites with exciting shipwrecks and beautiful aquatic life you can discover with us through our weekly dives, charters, trips and our exotic travels.

Here is where you can find information on our Discover Scuba and PADI Open Water Diver Courses, as well as PADI ReActivate Scuba Refresher Courses for certified scuba divers.

Start Today  with our PADI eLearning option and learn at your own pace and book your 6 additional classroom sessions with us along with your pool training as we help you start your journey into the underwater world.

At Dan’s, We offer you a more thorough, progressive and modern approach to your scuba diving education, having taught divers from every province in Canada, most US States and world wide.

Fact: Over 35% of our Students  come from the GTA and Surrounding Areas.

At DDS we help to save you from making the incorrect training and gear purchases and instead, we offer you the best skills and equipment at the best prices possible.

Students drive or fly into visit us for the highest Quality Training and Equipment.  We have Taught Students from Every Province in Canada and MOST US States.

Our Approach Diving is a lifestyle for us. We introduce you the right foundation skills, efficiency, finesse, team diving concepts, while balancing the physical and mental aspects of diving  to build upon as you progress through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving.

There is a Difference

Our DDS Divers and Instructors are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers in the water.

You’ll notice our divers look different underwater in comparison to the vast majority of the dive population.

You’ll learn how the right equipment configuration and fundamentally sound skills can set the stage for better diving.

Taking a more modern, “Team” approach to your diving and developing the essential skills and maintaining them is part of the tun too.

Personal Attention

At DDS, Teaching Scuba Diving is about Quality not Quantity, so don’t get “sucked into” a too good to be true $99 base price scuba courses. They aren’t quality oriented and they are never the price you see first, which is deceptive. That course will cost you over $700 and most times you don’t even have an Instructor in water with you, which is a violation of agency standards.

No one offers a better, more thorough, more professional, more quality oriented scuba program than we do and we prove it time and time again when you get into the water.

Don’t be Deceived by “Fly by Night” Instructors or Dive Stores.

No one offers a better, more thorough, more professional, more quality oriented scuba program than we do and we prove it time and time again when you get into the water.

DDS Divers offer superior trim, posture, buoyancy, techniques

At Dan’s,  You’re more than just a number to us, you’re going to be part of our scuba diving family as a DDS Diver, so we’d like to develop you into the diver we want to dive with, by starting you off right with the proper skills, equipment configuration and knowledge that all divers should be privy to.

Already Certified But Haven’t Been Diving?  

ReActivate to your highest level of certification with a PADI ReActivate Diving Refresher Program and dive with renewed comfort, confidence, information, renewed status and learn some new procedures and techniques while you’re at it.

We offer an additional Open Water Component to learn the new skills and techniques and bring your diving up to the modern era.

Discover Local Diving

Did you know that your certification is valid in an environment similar to that which you’ve been trained?  That means that if you’re new to local diving in Canada you likely haven’t worn a 7mm wetsuit, hood or gloves and may not be ready for the colder water, darker water and sensitive bottom.

Discover Local Diving with DDS and we’ll help you sort out your weights, introduce you to a more modern style of diving where you won’t be overexerting yourself flutter kicking, and instead you’ll learn how to do more efficient anti-silting kicks that are more efficient and will improve your gas consumption.

You’ll also lear how to dive in a backplate/wing instead of the horrible jacket bcd’s that most resorts provide, as well as getting introduced to more modern philosophies like bubble-check’s and S-Drills (Safety Drills) which you’ll perform at the start of every dive.

Diving in Canada offers some of the best shipwreck diving, geological diving, drift diving and so much more.  From East Coast to West Coast, the Great Lakes and beyond, we have a lifetime of adventure right here in our own backyard.

Padi Open Water Students with Dan's Dive Shop

DDS Open Water Students Complete Their Final Pool Session and
Are Ready For Open Water Checkout Dives

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DDS Divers Hover Effortlessly Through the Water
Maintaining Proper Horizontal Trim and Buoyancy

Cheap Scuba Courses Make Bad Divers

Everyone Likes to Save Money but compromising standards,
using inferior equipment, or training with sub-par divers
costs the most because you’ll have to unlearn what you should’ve
learned from Day 1.

Not a DDS Diver

This photo typifies what is lacking in traditional diver training. No buoyancy control, overweighted, silt everywhere, poor equipment configuration, no awareness.

Don’t fall victim to poor diving habits, step up your training with DDS Today.

DDS Diver on Vacation with DDS
DDS Divers exploring the R.H. Rae off Picton in Lake Ontario

Ready to try scuba diving?

Stare down with a Giant Manta Ray......PRICELESS!

Have you ever dreamed of breathing underwater? Swimming with giant manta rays off Socorro Island Mexico, or exploring beautiful wooden shipwrecks, giant coral gardens, caverns or caves? Maybe you haven’t thought about where you want to dive, but something is telling you to try it, so this is a good place to start.

We know that scuba diving is the most exciting sport in the world, but don’t take our word for it, give it a try.

Scuba diving is amazing activity you can do anywhere in the world, not just on a tropical vacation.  It offers you so many different types of environments and experiences that it is quite easily a life long sport that people engage in year round.

Discover Scuba Diving is an experience building program that gives you a little taste of what its like to swim and breath underwater.

Discover Scuba is not a certification course, but is a good opportunity for prospective divers to experience the sensational world of scuba diving and see if you like it and how to pursue it from here.

Taking your first breath underwater is something you will never forget.

What will you learn?

In this program you’ll learn how to use the basic scuba diving equipment, prepared by our instructional staff for you to use, as well as learning what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it.

Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable underwater.

You’ll learn and have the opportunity to complete some of the basic scuba diving skills after learning some of the basic safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step, which is the Open Water Diver Course.

Its fun, low stress and high energy.  Sign up today.

Prerequisites:

Bubble Maker for Children: 

Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water.

Have a party or celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker event with friends and family

Discover Scuba:

Minimum age is 10 years of age

We offer Discover Scuba Diving for individuals, couples, birthday parties, corporate team building, school groups, The Scouts of Canada, Sea Cadets and any other organization interested in experiencing our great sport!

What gear do you need?

Just show up with your bathing suit and towel and we’ll supply all the scuba equipment and your snorkel gear.

How do you start?

Sign up ahead of time in the store and pickup your Discover Scuba Student Passport and Personal Information Sheet.

Call or email us for more details.

Availability?

  • Wednesday Evenings at Brock 8:30-10pm
  • Saturday Evenings 3rd weekend of each month
  • Sunday mornings 3rd weekend of each month
  • Private parties and birthday sessions are also available
  • We also do corporate events and team building workshops

Please give 2 weeks notice when booking

Training Agency:

PADI

Cost: is only $60.00 + HST (group)

Private events, birthdays, corporate, please call for quote.

Where do I go from here?

Students who sign up for the full certification course after the Discover Scuba Experience will receive a 50% rebate against the Open Water Course tuition fee.

Discover Scuba is not required to enroll in the Open Water Course, however, once you know you like it there are a few courses you may wish to enroll in:

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diver (take your completed pool session to Open Water)
  • PADI Scuba Diver
  • Open Water Diver

What will you learn?

Our Midweek Brock University PADI Open Water Diver course is the first in a series of progressive scuba diving programs that our award-winning 5-star PADI Dive Centre offers.

Our PADI Open Water course at Brock University is designed to provide the strongest foundation for student divers with no prior diving experience of any dive store in Canada.

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Prerequisites?

Minimum age is 10 years by PADI standards, however we strongly recommend 12-14 years (Unless accompanied by a parent).

How can you enroll?

Start Today and complete your Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearn or Registering now for your full certification scuba diving course in store and picking up your PADI Open Water Crewpak.

Upon successful completion of classroom and pool sessions, students will need to complete an Open Water Diving component usually held over a weekend.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Brock is a great option for students wanting a course that is broken up into more bite size parts.  The course duration is generally 5-6 weeks Wednesday nights during the spring, fall and winter season, or over 3 weeks Tuesday/Thursdays during the summer season.

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally unless you choose our Open Water Referral Program.  Most divers feel more comfortable completing their open water dives with DDS staff after seeing the difference we can make in your diving career.

Group or Private Instruction is available.

Costs:

DDS Progressive Open Water Diver Course $650 + HST includes PADI Open Water Materials, Certification fees, ALL Scuba equipment rentals for pool and open water sessions.

We will supply you with a PIN Number for activation of your PADI eLearning code.  Materials include PADI Deluxe Multi-Media Crewpak with Digital Manual, Online Videos, Virtual Dive Table, Dive Computer Simulator and PADI Online Logbook through the PADI app.  Please do not purchase PADI eLearning on your own or costs will be higher.

Paper books are still available for a limited time if you’d prefer, however, they’re being phased out in the coming courses.

PADI Open Water Referral Program $350+HST is designed for students who wish to complete certification down south. Includes PADI eLearning, all classroom and pool training, as well as scuba equipment rental for all pool sessions.  Please note that your destination will charge you additionally for the certification dives.  For this reason many divers often decide to upgrade to our Open Water Checkout Dives Package to complete their open waters with us after seeing just how different and how much more progressive our dive training is.

Being a Progressive Dive Shop who’s been in business for over 45 years means we can help in selecting the right store for you to do your referral through, or you can join us on one of our amazing winter trips and certify with us and maintain the same quality, consistency, configuration and techniques that only a select few educators offer world wide.

We also recommend you take our gear down south with you on your trip to maximize your comfort and maintain a positive experience in favour of using old, outdated bcds and regulators that don’t fall within the guidelines of our progressive training style.

PADI Open Water Check Out Dives are ideal for divers who have completed their classroom and pool dives elsewhere or wish to upgrade from our Open Water Referral Program.

Cost is only $300 for the open water dives including your certification card, open water dive equipment rental is also included (Backplate, Regulator, Tanks, Dive Computer, Exposure suit with hood, gloves, weights).

If you’re new to DDS and our philosophies we will have you complete an equipment configuration and skills orientation to introduce you to new skills, techniques and gear configuration not covered by your previous training followed by your certification dives.  This workshop covers a classroom and in water pool evaluation where you will learn new foundation skills, trim, posture, buoyancy, proper fin kicks and be able to execute them without standing or kneeling on the bottom.  Cost is included in the total Referral Price.

Additional Benefits: If you decide to purchase your scuba equipment package from us to use on your pool and open water dives we’ll give you a $100 credit to your next purchase.  If you purchase your gear to use for your open water dives we will give you a $50 credit towards your next purchase.

We can accept students from any accredited dive training agency including: PADI, NAUI, SDI, SSI, GUE, UTD, IDREO, DD4all, ACUC, BSAC and more.

Private and Semi-private courses are also available at a slightly higher cost.

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, it is also highly recommended to purchase a surface marker and spool, especially if traveling south.   You’ll want to buy the right gear, so please have a read through our DDS Student Diver PDF and learn more about the specific gear requirements and training differences we offer.

Divers Who Don’t Purchase Equipment Do Not Dive After Certification so talk to us about buying your personal wetsuit, regulator, bcd and more.  We offer The Best Scuba Training and Equipment at the Best Prices Possible.

Financing is available: Finance your course, snorkeling gear and even your scuba equipment package at a very reasonable rate.  Ask staff for details and learn diving in the best equipment you can…..your own personal dive gear, or ours.

DDS will include all scuba equipment for the course, however,  you will enjoy your diving experience much more in your own personal dive equipment.

Students purchasing their own scuba equipment package from us (regulator, computer, buoyancy system) will be issued a Dan’s Dive Shop Gift Certificate in lieu of using our rental gear.  The Gift Card can be used towards your next purchase of training or equipment.

Dan’s is proud to offer the Largest Selection and Best Pricing available on all quality brand name Scuba and Snorkeling Equipment.

Upgrades

DIVE DRY!

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

For students wishing to be warmer, drier and more comfortable during open water training dives, you can take advantage of diving dry in a DUI drysuit and experience how much more fun and enjoyable drysuit diving is. 

Add $225+HST to above course fee. Includes PADI Drysuit Diver Materials and Drysuit Rental for Open Waters and Pool Session. Buy Your Own Drysuit From DDS and we’ll do Your  Drysuit Option Free on your Open Water Diver Weekend.

Enrich Your Diving!

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

Enriched Air Nitrox Option for students enrolled in the open water program who would like to have more energy between, during and after diving, Nitrox will wake you up and make you feel better and allow you to gain more bottom time staying down longer underwater. Cost is only $150.00+HST includes nitrox manual, specialty certification card, nitrox tank rentals for open water dives.

Where do I go from here?

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

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Drysuit Diver
  • NTEC
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Rescue Diver

What will you learn?

Our PADI Open Water Diver course is the first in a series of progressive scuba diving programs offered by our award-winning 5-star PADI Dive Centre.

Our PADI Weekend Open Water Scuba Diving Course is designed to provide the strongest foundation for student divers with no prior diving experience of any dive store in Canada.

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Topics covered provide in-depth knowledge of basic scuba related theory and equipment (including but not limited to: horizontal trim and buoyancy, fin techniques, weighting, pressure, volume, diving orientations, specialized equipment, basic decompression theory, diving accidents, first aid treatment, dive planning and table and computer use).

Prerequisites?

Minimum age is 10 years by PADI standards, however we strongly recommend 12-14 years (Unless accompanied by a parent).

How can you enroll?

Start Today and complete your Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearn or Registering now for your full certification scuba diving course in store and picking up your PADI Open Water Crewpak.

Upon successful completion of classroom and pool sessions, students will need to complete an Open Water Diving component usually held over a weekend.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Weekend Open Water Dive Courses are a great way to get out and into the water in a quicker period of time, but its an accelerated learning option, where you’ll complete all classroom sessions and pool over 1 full weekend starting on Friday evening and wrapping up Sunday mid afternoon, with a 2nd weekend required for PADI Open Water Certification.

Some students require additional time in the water in the rare event that skills aren’t perfected well enough.

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally unless you choose our Open Water Referral Program.  Most divers feel more comfortable completing their open water dives with DDS staff after seeing the difference we can make in your diving career.

Group or Private Instruction is available.

Costs:

DDS Progressive Open Water Diver Course $650 + HST includes PADI Open Water Materials, Certification fees, ALL Scuba equipment rentals for pool and open water sessions.

We will supply you with a PIN Number for activation of your PADI eLearning code.  Materials include PADI Deluxe Multi-Media Crewpak with Digital Manual, Online Videos, Virtual Dive Table, Dive Computer Simulator and PADI Online Logbook through the PADI app.

Paper books are still available for a limited time if you’d prefer, however, they’re being phased out in the coming courses.

PADI Open Water Referral Program $350+HST is designed for students who wish to complete certification down south. Includes PADI eLearning, all classroom and pool training, as well as scuba equipment rental for all pool sessions.  Please note that your destination will charge you additionally for the certification dives.  For this reason many divers often decide to upgrade to our Open Water Checkout Dives Package to complete their open waters with us after seeing just how different and how much more progressive our dive training is.

Being a Progressive Dive Shop who’s been in business for over 40 years we can help in selecting the right store for you to do your referral through, or you can join us on one of our amazing winter trips and certify with us and maintain the same quality, consistency, configuration and techniques that only a select few educators offer world wide.

Additional Benefits: If you decide to purchase your scuba equipment package from us to use on your pool and open water dives we’ll give you a $100 credit to your next purchase.  If you purchase your gear to use for your open water dives we will give you a $50 credit towards your next purchase.

We can accept students from any accredited dive training agency including: PADI, NAUI, SDI, SSI, GUE, UTD, IDREO, DD4all, ACUC, SEI and more.

Private and Semi-private courses are also available at a slightly higher cost.

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, it is also highly recommended to purchase a surface marker and spool, especially if traveling south.   You’ll want to buy the right gear, so please have a read through our DDS Student Diver PDF and learn more about the specific gear requirements and training differences we offer.

Divers Who Don’t Purchase Equipment Do Not Dive After Certification so talk to us about buying your personal wetsuit, regulator, bcd and more.  We offer The Best Scuba Training and Equipment at the Best Prices Possible.

Financing is available: Finance your course, snorkeling gear and even your scuba equipment package at a very reasonable rate.  Ask staff for details and learn diving in the best equipment you can…..your own personal dive gear, or ours.

DDS will include all scuba equipment for the course, however,  you will enjoy your diving experience much more in your own personal dive equipment.

Students purchasing their own scuba equipment package from us (regulator, computer, buoyancy system) will be issued a Dan’s Dive Shop Gift Certificate in lieu of using our rental gear.  The Gift Card can be used towards your next purchase of training or equipment.

Dan’s is proud to offer the Largest Selection and Best Pricing available on all quality brand name Scuba and Snorkeling Equipment.

Upgrades

DIVE DRY!

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

For students wishing to be warmer, drier and 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.

Add $225+HST to above course fee. Includes PADI Drysuit Diver Materials and Drysuit Rental for Open Waters and Pool Session. Buy Your Own Drysuit From DDS and we’ll do Your  Drysuit Option Free on your Open Water Diver Weekend.

Enrich Your Diving!

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

Enriched Air Nitrox Option for students enrolled in the open water program who would like to have more energy between, during and after diving, Nitrox will wake you up and make you feel better and allow you to gain more bottom time staying down longer underwater. Cost is only $150.00+HST includes nitrox manual, specialty certification card, nitrox tank rentals for open water dives.

Where do I go from here?

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

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Drysuit Diver
  • NTEC
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver

ReActivate Your Scuba Diving Certification

The PADI Reactivate Course is a great way to bring you back into the skill threshold and refinement of the foundational skills we often lose during periods of inactivity.

If You Haven’t been scuba diving lately You will need to PADI ReActivate.  It’s  the perfect way to brush up on your knowledge and skills from the PADI Open Water Diver Course before jumping back into the water.

Whether you want a few reminders or need to go over the basics, ReActivate is personalized for you: You conveniently review scuba concepts on your tablet, mobile device or computer, then go diving with a PADI Professional.

Reactivate is quick and easy, and a good way to prepare for your next  Scuba Diving Course or get ready for that well deserved scuba diving vacation. The best part is, divers who complete both the knowledge and in-water skill refresher receive a replacement certification card with a ReActivated date on it, so you can dive without hassle as a safer, more aware diver.

Any PADI certified diver who wants a refresher or pre-travel update should ReActivate. Dive shops appreciate seeing a recent ReActivate date on your certification card because it means you’re ready to dive in and don’t have to waste a day in a pool or shallow water re-qualifying yourself…and with us you’re going to even learn some new techniques and information.

If you want to learn more about diving in a new area or in different dive conditions, also ask about completing a Discover Local Diving experience to one of our awesome local dive sites.

ReActivate is a new PADI program, so feel free to sign up for Scuba Tuneup with us Online on eLearning.

What will you learn?

That will depend on how long you’ve been out of the water for or if you’ve been trained by Dan’s Dive shop previously or not.

Don't be like this diver who is destroying the reef. If you don't use your skills you will lose them. ReActivate today
Don’t be like this diver who is destroying the reef. If you don’t use your skills you will lose them. ReActivate today

Because we offer the most progressive dive training in the country, you’ll learn a lot of techniques that aren’t taught anywhere else, but that help enhance the diving experience, making diving safer through more awareness, more structure, more organization using Sequencing, Air, Depth and Duration or SADD checks, Bubble Checks, Safety Drills, a more progressive equipment configuration focusing on standardization, streamlining and simplicity, horizontal trim, posture, buoyancy, proper balance in the water, use of less weight, proper fin techniques teaching divers how to minimize fin movement and effort while maximizing propulsion without silting or causing any physical damage to the reef or aquatic environment, while offering the diver proper and perfect horizontal trim/posture in the water and making the you more aware of your gear, your buddy, your air gauge and some basic dive rescue skills.

Poor buoyancy and trim result in damage to the aquatic environment due to carelessness and lack of awareness
Poor buoyancy and trim result in damage to the aquatic environment due to carelessness and lack of awareness

Using ReActivate Touch (for tablets or mobile devices), you’ll immerse yourself in dive scenarios and make decisions that test your understanding of important dive safety concepts, dive planning essentials and problem management. Move through ReActivate at your own pace and delve deeper into topics when you need or want to.

In the water, your DDS Instructor will help you regain comfort and confidence in scuba diving. You’ll practice a few safety-related skills and then go over anything you specifically want to review and if you haven’t been subjected to more progressive diving, this is the perfect time to start learning how to dive in this millennia.

Contact  us today to get ReActivate Touch or ReActivate Online and start working through the scenarios. Or, download the PADI App to your tablet or mobile device (if you haven’t already) and purchase ReActivate Touch to get started immediately. Then, schedule your ReActivate water skills session.

Prerequisites

Open Water Diver or higher who has been inactive for a period of at least 6 months

Divers who have been away from diving for decades should consider taking our full open water course over again.  It isn’t a requirement, but you likely are not going to be a progressive diver who has learned finesse and proper trim, posture and equipment configuration.  More likely you dive like the “what not to do divers” pictured above.  Please consider ReActivating and overhauling your existing knowledge of scuba diving.

To Learn more about Progressive Diving and newer diving techniques, have a look at the NTEC Course Outline and our DDS Student Diver PDF Diving has changed, shouldn’t your skills and knowledge?

Cost:

There are 2 parts to the PADI reActivate program.  Part 1 is completed online with a supplied PIN Code for PC or iPad Touch.  Cost is $65 for the online portion, which includes your new reActivated PADI certification card re-certifying you at your highest level of certification.

Part 2 is the watermanship skills portion which covers you for a night in the pool with one of our PADI Divemasters , Assistant Instructors or Instructors $95 includes backplate/regulator set/tank and of course instruction and pool time.

What gear will you use?

You’ll use basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, BCD or learn how to dive with a more progressive diving harness a Backplate and a scuba tank. The exposure protection you need will depend on whether you dive in a pool, confined water or open water dive site. Our staff will explain other equipment you may need to ReActivate.

Where can I go from here?

Get back in the water with ReActivate:

  • Anywhere within your certification and comfort level
  • Sign up for a continuing education specialty course
  • Sign up for a new course like Advanced Open Water or Rescue Diver
  • Sign up for a new Specialty Course with us
  • Sign up for some local diving trips with us
  • Book your next warm water dive destination with us

PADI Discover Local Diving Orientation

The PADI Discover Local Diving Orientation is for any diver looking to participate in diving at a new location or in a different diving environment that is unfamiliar to them or beyond their scope of training.

Who Should Take This Program?

You may remember your PADI Instructor saying, “If you travel to a new location or visit an unfamiliar dive environment, get a local orientation.” Its good advice and easy to do. Just ask the local PADI dive shop for a Discover Local Diving experience. Scuba diving with an experienced local dive professional lets you relax and better enjoy the adventure, which is why we thrive at this sort of activity.

DDS staff will take the time to educate you on the equipment you’ll be using as we fit you with our exclusive gear package for those requiring rentals.  From there we’ll travel to a local dive site and work on your weighting, buoyancy and comfort.

Upon completion of dive 1, we’ll do a short surface interval, grab a snack maybe and re-hydrate and likely change location to a more interesting or more challenging site.

Any certified diver who wants to dive in a new area or environment will benefit from not just our experience and knowledge, but also the personal attention we provide our guests with.

For example, if all your diving has been in warm water on coral reefs and you travel to an area with cooler water like the Great Lakes region that requires you to wear a thicker exposure suit, hood, gloves and more, Discover Local Diving is for you.

Or, if the majority of your experience is from dive boats, and you have the chance to do a shore dive with an entry through mild surf, sign up for a Discover Local Diving experience.

Join us for an awesome day of local diving in Ontario.  Our local diving sites are rich in number and suitable for divers of any experience level from recreational open water, through advanced, technical and even rebreathers if you participate in some deeper wreck diving in Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. We are blessed to be bordered by 2 of the best wreck diving sites in the world.

Shore Dives are available 7 days a week with at least 2 weeks notice.  Feel free to peruse our local dive sites section to find the dives best for you.

Charters are running regularly during the season, however, we do not at this time have our own boat, so they are only available on weekends.

What will you learn?

Our experienced DDS Professional Staff Member will brief you on the dive site conditions, hazards and points of interest, plus describe the aquatic life you’ll see and how to interact responsibly with local creatures. If there are special procedures or techniques used locally, your dive professional will show you what to do to make your scuba dive fun and hassle free.

If you feel like you need a refresher before the dive, ask about doing a Scuba Review.

What gear will you use?

You’ll need your basic scuba setup which includes your  mask, snorkel, strap fins, regulator available in choice of Long Hose or Short Hose configuration, choice of Halcyon Infinity Backplate/Wing or traditional jacket buoyancy control device, wrist dive computer and a scuba tank. The exposure protection you use will depend on your overall comfort and experience as we rent both wetsuits and drysuits.  Our staff will explain any other equipment you should have.

Many divers after completion of a day of shore diving will also book a boat charter to some of the phenomenal shipwrecks we have in both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Costs?

$150.00 +HST.  Rentals, Charters, Park Admissions, Transportation not included.

Next Step

While you’re here why not complete some specialty training?

PADI Drysuit Diver Specialty
PADI Drift Diver Specialty
PADI Wreck Diver Specialty
NTEC:  Progressive Equipment Configuration and High Skills Introduction

Cost: $150.00

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.

Dive Course Calendar

Want Some New Challenges?

transition into technical and cave diving courses
Transition into technical or cave diving courses for new and rewarding challenges in your diving

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 from rudimentary elements of diving courses like Intro to Tech,  Decompression Procedures, Helitrox, Trimix, Cavern and Cave Diving courses, Wreck External Survey, Wreck Penetration, Ice Diving, Technical Wreck Penetration, Rebreather Courses, Deep Diving, Technical DPV Courses, and many more, we keep the adventure of scuba diving thriving.

We also offer a full range of Recreational Diving Specialty Courses, Professional Level Leadership Courses as well as First Aid, CPR Courses and Oxygen Provider Courses.