Technical Diving Courses

Technical Diving Courses & Cave Diving Courses Overview

Dan’s has been involved with Technical Diving  since 1986 when we helped introduce Dive Rite to the Canadian dive market selling advanced gear and learning about higher level diving.   Technical Diving Courses were in their infancy, with only cave diving courses being available from a small group of Florida divers, but usher in the early 1990’s where we became the first Canadian certified Nitrox divers and one of the first Nitrox blending and training facilities through IANTD and TDI.

Since 1996 our technical diving course graduates have graced the water with more finesse, ability and experience than the vast majority of Technical Divers worldwide regardless of agency or instructor.

Our Divers are the most well rounded Divers you’ll find above and below the water, possessing higher skill and abilities, a great sense of team diving values, pride, compassion and a willingness to help mentor newer divers.

Gas Blending Air, Nitrox, Trimix, Argon

Dive Smarter

DDS is here to provide our students with the Highest level of quality, safety and excellence in technical dive training, equipment, education, and service.

Our courses are the highest quality technical classes taught to the highest technical diving course standards, offering some of the most challenging and rewarding technical diving educational courses available.

SMB Deployment Intro to Tech

Who We Are

We are a team of active Technical Diving Explorers.  We’ve put more time in underwater than anyone else and we’ve taken the best training from a range of different agencies and instructors over the decades to be able to better provide you with the best diving education possible.

We offer Gas Blending courses, Shipwreck External Survey, Wreck Penetration, Trimix & Advanced Trimix Courses, Cavern, Cave Diving courses, Technical DPV  training, CCR Rebreather and PSCR Rebreather Diving Courses, Intro to Tech, Decompression Procedures, Advanced Nitrox, Helitrox, Technical or Advanced Shipwreck Penetration, Technical Sidemount Diving, Explorer Training, Expedition Diving and much more.

DPV Training for Recreational and Technical Divers

Our Technical Diving Courses embrace 3 main areas:

  1. Diving with a standardized, simplistic DIR/Hogarthian/NTEC  equipment configuration (clean, simple, streamlined) and embracing the most current equipment and philosophies in technical diving.
  2. Gaining a Solid Foundation of Practical and Academic Knowledge started in your Basic Nitrox Course and through a series of academic lessons build on that foundation with each lesson.
  3. Building on Rudimentary skills while introducing and mastering mandatory skill sets introduced through dry-land drills, confined water training and open water training in a positive, constructive manner, where students can review video footage of the dives with their instructor.

Additional Information:

You can never have too many sets of tanks

Who in the world these days gives anything for free?  We do, because we are confident that there is no one out there that can teach you better, mentor you into a stronger diver, make you more comfortable or offer you the best training progression to fit your needs checking off all of the boxes and leaving no gaps in your training needs and goals.

If you’re interested in our technical diving programs, we can share a wealth of information about our courses, outlines, structure and skills to give you the insight and the best way to get you the right information to complete the right training path.

Complete Flexibility in Scheduling & Location

We offer set dates for courses, but with enough notice we can also offer private or custom formatted courses for you or your group regardless of your location.  We can come to you if you’re too far away.

We’ve taught all over the globe offering our brand of technical diving training to people from all over Canada, most US States, Germany, Italy, Curacao, Cayman, Australia, and many more places.

Wherever You Want Us to Be, We Can Be.

We are Not Just in Niagara, as a matter of fact, over 35% of our Classes are taught within the GTA and Surrounding Areas.

Training in Backmount and Sidemount
is available

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, contact us for more info, we are the best choice you’ll find with the most competitive rates for high end technical diving.

There is no one in Canada with more experience and ability to teach you an entire range of life changing technical courses.

We offer Progressive Technical Diving Courses through TDI (one of the original Technical Diving agencies), NAUI Tec (the most respected training agency in diving and the first “Doing it Right” Tech diving agency) and IDREO (A New International Exploration and Research Organization offering some cutting edge explorer programs and Rebreather courses).  Training from other tech agencies are also available upon request.

Rebreather training available in semi and fully closed rebreathers
Rebreather Training in semi and closed circuit rebreathers

Read on below about the dozens of technical diving courses we offer and have a look at just what makes us different afterwards too, check out the above drop down screen or short cut your search by clicking here.

Dive Course Calendar

NAUI NTEC Doubles Primer

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN? Our NAUI NTEC Doubles Primer Workshop is a Primer program that acts as an awakening of sorts introducing the Recreational Diver, preparing them for diving with […]

PADI Open Water Diver Weekday Course March 2023

PADI Open Water  Diver Weekday Course March 2023 Join us and Discover the underwater world with your PADI Open Water Scuba Course this Winter! Have fun and learn to dive […]


Emergency First Response Course

The Emergency First Response Course focuses on Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with or without Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The Emergency First Response Course begins your preparedness in […]

PADI Divemaster Course 2023

Join Dan's Dive Shop April 2023 and take the leap to become a Dive Professional in the PADI Divemaster Course The PADI Divemaster Course is your first step onto the professional […]

PADI Drysuit Course

Take the PADI Drysuit Course and enter a world of warm, comfortable diving. Drysuit Divers are happy divers! No more freezing on the bottom, or missing dives because you're cold. […]


NAUI Intro to Tech Course

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NAUI Intro to Tech Course The Naui Intro to Tech Course is a game changer, changing the way recreational divers think about their diving skills and offers the ultimate challenge […]

Emergency First Response Course

The Emergency First Response Course focuses on Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with or without Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The Emergency First Response Course begins your preparedness in […]


PADI Rescue Diver Course

PADI Rescue Diver Course Join us for what many of our students call their most favourite PADI Scuba Course, the PADI Rescue Diver Course.  Let us take you through the most […]

Looking for recreational courses?

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Not quite ready to explore a cave or technical diving but want to improve your recreational diving? Dan’s offers AWARD Winning recreational PADI Scuba Diving courses with a difference! Whether you’re just starting your dive adventure or wanting to continue to build on your skills, we can help. Check out our renowned Recreational Scuba Courses.