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Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario with Dan’s Dive Shop.

Join us for the Tiller Wreck Dive Charter. Our local  Tiller Wreck is a beautiful and fragile wooden schooner 100′ long by 25′ wide.  The ship is in great shape and even features 2 beautiful masts, a gorgeous rudder, cargo holds, a picturesque bow, windlass, anchor and stove. The wreck is located only 6kms from shore, just a short ride from Port Dalhousie in St Catharines.

Diver Level Minimum Advanced Open Water certified with cold water dive experience. Drysuit or good quality 7mm wetsuit recommended. Max depth 113 ft.

Departure Fish & Game Club, 61 Lighthouse Road, Port Dalhousie. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure to load your gear. Departure times on Wednesdays are 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Departure times on Sundays are 9:00am & 2:00pm.

Cost $100 + HST for two tank charter. Tanks & scuba gear not included.

Cancellation Policy All charters are non-refundable. Please let us know if you are unable to go. If we are able to fill your spot you will receive a store credit for your charter fee. If the charter is cancelled by Dan’s Dive Shop or the boat operator due to unforeseeable circumstances a full refund will be provided.

How To Sign Up

  1. Phone, email or visit the shop to book.
  2. Full payment required at booking.
  3. Fill out the online Diver Registration Form.
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PADI Open Water Scuba Course Fall 2022

PADI Open Water Scuba Course Weeknights Fall 2022

Come discover the underwater world and learn to dive in the PADI Open Water Scuba Course this fall.

Have fun and learn to dive right with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School. Learn to scuba dive with one of North America’s most respected, most experienced, most progressive and visionary dive shops.  At Dan’s we teach you the right way to dive from day one, click the link for more information of our Modern Approach to scuba diving.

Why not make this year awesome and learn to scuba dive? Spend your life exploring exotic locations as well as diving around  Ontario and the rest of this amazing world underwater.  There are tons of great dive sites both locally and away, as well as exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education, as we teach how to maximize your skills to the highest level in the best equipment with the most experienced instructors in the country.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving.

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

Fall 2022 Courses

The PADI Open Water Courses run for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Friday Nights from 6pm -9pm. Each week you will have one night of classroom (Tuesdays) and one night of pool training (Fridays). We have two courses available to choose from: one in September and one in October. The PADI Open Water Certification Checkout Dives will follow with several dates to choose from. If your heading on a trip you can also do a Referral Course and complete your certification dives at any PADI facility world wide.

September 6,9,13,16,20,23 from 6pm – 9pm each night

October 4,7,11,14,18,21 from 6pm – 9pm each night

 

How can you enroll?

Sign up now for Open Water Diver Course classroom component on PADI eLearn to complete all PADI required academic portions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course at your own pace. Contact us by email, phone or visit the shop to select your course training dates and get ready to have some fun.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Scuba Course Class/Pool Only $395+HST (open water dives completed elsewhere)

Our PADI Open Water Certification Course Cost cost is $650+HST ALL INCLUSIVE including your eLearning activation code, 6 additional classroom sessions covering academics far beyond the basic PADI curriculum, pool sessions with additional pool time above and beyond basic standards, 5 open water dives exceeding the minimum of 4 dives required, full scuba equipment rental of your life support gear (no snorkelling gear you’ll need to purchase Scuba Quality gear from us), certification fees and more.

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, however many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. 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, as well as some incentives. You don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we don’t believe in over-weighting our students. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s.Our divers are taught to use little to no weight.

Many Dive Stores charge additional fees for scuba gear rentals during open water sessions. DDS has the finest rentals and we even offer a course rebate when you purchase your life-support package from DDS, so talk to our staff about how we can get you suited up with the finest scuba equipment at the best pricing 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.

Our Cancellation Policy: If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.

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PADI Open Water Scuba Course Fall 2022

PADI Open Water Scuba Course Weeknights Fall 2022

Come discover the underwater world and learn to dive in the PADI Open Water Scuba Course this fall.

Have fun and learn to dive right with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School. Learn to scuba dive with one of North America’s most respected, most experienced, most progressive and visionary dive shops.  At Dan’s we teach you the right way to dive from day one, click the link for more information of our Modern Approach to scuba diving.

Why not make this year awesome and learn to scuba dive? Spend your life exploring exotic locations as well as diving around  Ontario and the rest of this amazing world underwater.  There are tons of great dive sites both locally and away, as well as exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education, as we teach how to maximize your skills to the highest level in the best equipment with the most experienced instructors in the country.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving.

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

Fall 2022 Courses

The PADI Open Water Courses run for 3 weeks on Tuesday and Friday Nights from 6pm -9pm. Each week you will have one night of classroom (Tuesdays) and one night of pool training (Fridays). We have two courses available to choose from: one in September and one in October. The PADI Open Water Certification Checkout Dives will follow with several dates to choose from. If your heading on a trip you can also do a Referral Course and complete your certification dives at any PADI facility world wide.

September 6,9,13,16,20,23 from 6pm – 9pm each night

October 4,7,11,14,18,21 from 6pm – 9pm each night

 

How can you enroll?

Sign up now for Open Water Diver Course classroom component on PADI eLearn to complete all PADI required academic portions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course at your own pace. Contact us by email, phone or visit the shop to select your course training dates and get ready to have some fun.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Scuba Course Class/Pool Only $395+HST (open water dives completed elsewhere)

Our PADI Open Water Certification Course Cost cost is $650+HST ALL INCLUSIVE including your eLearning activation code, 6 additional classroom sessions covering academics far beyond the basic PADI curriculum, pool sessions with additional pool time above and beyond basic standards, 5 open water dives exceeding the minimum of 4 dives required, full scuba equipment rental of your life support gear (no snorkelling gear you’ll need to purchase Scuba Quality gear from us), certification fees and more.

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, however many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. 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, as well as some incentives. You don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we don’t believe in over-weighting our students. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s.Our divers are taught to use little to no weight.

Many Dive Stores charge additional fees for scuba gear rentals during open water sessions. DDS has the finest rentals and we even offer a course rebate when you purchase your life-support package from DDS, so talk to our staff about how we can get you suited up with the finest scuba equipment at the best pricing 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.

Our Cancellation Policy: If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario with Dan’s Dive Shop.

Join us for the Tiller Wreck Dive Charter. Our local  Tiller Wreck is a beautiful and fragile wooden schooner 100′ long by 25′ wide.  The ship is in great shape and even features 2 beautiful masts, a gorgeous rudder, cargo holds, a picturesque bow, windlass, anchor and stove. The wreck is located only 6kms from shore, just a short ride from Port Dalhousie in St Catharines.

Diver Level Minimum Advanced Open Water certified with cold water dive experience. Drysuit or good quality 7mm wetsuit recommended. Max depth 113 ft.

Departure Fish & Game Club, 61 Lighthouse Road, Port Dalhousie. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure to load your gear. Departure times on Wednesdays are 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Departure times on Sundays are 9:00am & 2:00pm.

Cost $100 + HST for two tank charter. Tanks & scuba gear not included.

Cancellation Policy All charters are non-refundable. Please let us know if you are unable to go. If we are able to fill your spot you will receive a store credit for your charter fee. If the charter is cancelled by Dan’s Dive Shop or the boat operator due to unforeseeable circumstances a full refund will be provided.

How To Sign Up

  1. Phone, email or visit the shop to book.
  2. Full payment required at booking.
  3. Fill out the online Diver Registration Form.

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario with Dan’s Dive Shop.

Join us for the Tiller Wreck Dive Charter. Our local  Tiller Wreck is a beautiful and fragile wooden schooner 100′ long by 25′ wide.  The ship is in great shape and even features 2 beautiful masts, a gorgeous rudder, cargo holds, a picturesque bow, windlass, anchor and stove. The wreck is located only 6kms from shore, just a short ride from Port Dalhousie in St Catharines.

Diver Level Minimum Advanced Open Water certified with cold water dive experience. Drysuit or good quality 7mm wetsuit recommended. Max depth 113 ft.

Departure Fish & Game Club, 61 Lighthouse Road, Port Dalhousie. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure to load your gear. Departure times on Wednesdays are 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Departure times on Sundays are 9:00am & 2:00pm.

Cost $100 + HST for two tank charter. Tanks & scuba gear not included.

Cancellation Policy All charters are non-refundable. Please let us know if you are unable to go. If we are able to fill your spot you will receive a store credit for your charter fee. If the charter is cancelled by Dan’s Dive Shop or the boat operator due to unforeseeable circumstances a full refund will be provided.

How To Sign Up

  1. Phone, email or visit the shop to book.
  2. Full payment required at booking.
  3. Fill out the online Diver Registration Form.

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario

Tiller Wreck Dive Charter Lake Ontario with Dan’s Dive Shop.

Join us for the Tiller Wreck Dive Charter. Our local  Tiller Wreck is a beautiful and fragile wooden schooner 100′ long by 25′ wide.  The ship is in great shape and even features 2 beautiful masts, a gorgeous rudder, cargo holds, a picturesque bow, windlass, anchor and stove. The wreck is located only 6kms from shore, just a short ride from Port Dalhousie in St Catharines.

Diver Level Minimum Advanced Open Water certified with cold water dive experience. Drysuit or good quality 7mm wetsuit recommended. Max depth 113 ft.

Departure Fish & Game Club, 61 Lighthouse Road, Port Dalhousie. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure to load your gear. Departure times on Wednesdays are 1:00pm & 5:00pm. Departure times on Sundays are 9:00am & 2:00pm.

Cost $100 + HST for two tank charter. Tanks & scuba gear not included.

Cancellation Policy All charters are non-refundable. Please let us know if you are unable to go. If we are able to fill your spot you will receive a store credit for your charter fee. If the charter is cancelled by Dan’s Dive Shop or the boat operator due to unforeseeable circumstances a full refund will be provided.

How To Sign Up

  1. Phone, email or visit the shop to book.
  2. Full payment required at booking.
  3. Fill out the online Diver Registration Form.
DDS Divers Swimming Over the Reef in Roatan

Challenges Will Reward Your Longterm Scuba Diving Goals

Challenges Will Reward Your Longterm Scuba Diving Goals
by
Matthew Mandziuk 

In life nothing good comes easy without a fight or working to earn it, unless you win the lottery.  The same can be true moving through a more Progressive Scuba Diving training philosophy where the divers are taught a higher level of knowledge, skills and techniques. Your Personal Challenges Will Reward Your Longterm Scuba Diving Goals.

At DDS we pride ourselves on staying ahead of market trends and instead we lead the charge forward towards better diving.  For nearly 20 years we’ve taught our open water divers about the benefits of learning and buying the right gear and the right skills and techniques after over 20 years of doing it the old school way.

We pride ourselves on teaching divers a different (better) way to do things at the open water level where they can move forward with better skills, finesse and discipline allowing them to struggle less, maintain the visibility of even the siltiest environments or most fragile coral reefs, while continuing forward progressing successfully into deeper, more advanced courses, environments and experiences with more comfort and efficiency as they challenge themselves with training that is more exciting, more disciplined, more regimented and more rewarding than some of the “more traditional”  courses which have become stale or outdated as we power ahead into a new age of diving.

As human beings we can always learn more and the same is true in scuba diving, except most dive training has become outdated and boring.  All divers should be more aware of their dive profiles, gas requirements with proper gas reserves built in, no stop time limits and what is happening within their bodies as they spend more time underwater and as they ascend or descend.

Many of these common concepts are lost on the masses because theory is passed over quickly as we tend to suffer from a condition that demands “instant gratification” and dive shops that depend more so now on eLearning doing the work of the instructor for the shops and instructors, so the personal element of sharing stories and experiences with the students is lessened (or in some cases completely lost as there is no classroom sessions), so the students don’t create an emotional bond with their instructors, classmates or Divemasters.

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A poorly trained diver in silts out the bottom as they have no buoyancy, trim, awareness or cares in the world. Don’t Be Like This Diver.

Train Hard

If divers took more time to learn about dive planning, gas calculations, gas consumption, decompression theory and dive sciences, they would be much more ready to take diving to the next level.  This knowledge can help us not just in diving, but also in every day life.

Divers who are taught to manage stresses underwater are more able to handle the every day curveballs life throws at you on a daily basis, as well as how to focus better on challenging tasks, yet the number of divers who progress through Advanced and Rescue diver courses drops as students seem less engaged in some graphic regions than before.

Where a diver can go training wise and the training opportunities available to them make or break the likelyhood of creating a “Lifetime Diver”.  If a diver only dives once a year or 3, they’re better off just doing Discover Scuba Diving Experiences.

A certified diver who goes from Advanced, Nitrox, Drysuit  to Rescue is doing things better, but the key is to find a trainer who can teach you what you need to really know.  If as a diver they tell you it’s okay to be standing, kneeling on the bottom, to rely on holding onto an ascent line and be vertical on an ascent or safety stop as you take up 6-7′ minimum of line with your fins dangling down kicking the divers below you, that’s okay to overweight yourself so you sink or that violating thirds (your gas rule you should be ascending at), that it’s okay to flutter kick and silt out the bottom, wear flimsy floaty plastic fins, split or hinge fins and have stuff dangling off you like a Christmas Tree, it’s time to find a new instructor.

A diver who progresses towards more foundational skills classes like our NAUI Intro to Tech program will have the chance to perfect themselves better than any recreational diver, regardless of if they ever become a tech diver or not, as Foundational Skills Development courses like “Intro” offer the most through and engaging training possible with a combination of dry land drills, confined water drills and open water dives.

Divers who learn the foundational skills to make themselves a better diver and put the time in to become proficient in all aspects of their diving often become a much safer, more aware diver with superior team diving skills, refined buoyancy, flawless horizontal trim, proper ascents and descents, better fin techniques (utilizing a modified frog as their primary kick, modified flutter, ability to turn 360 degrees and do a reverse frog kick to go backwards) rather than flutter kicks, and exceptional problem solving skills.  You even master surface marker deployment, rescue techniques, valve or regulator failures and more.

Your biggest assets in diving are TIME IN THE WATER and BUOYANCY, BUOYANCY, BUOYANCY.

DON’T try and fast track your way through training.  Learn the foundational skills, start diving in the proper gear, train and dive with divers who are better than you are.

NAUI offers the highest standards of any training agency in foundational, technical, cave and overhead training, which is the reason they’re our primary agency for those courses, but we offer training from several other agencies too.

A Properly Trained Diver with Good TrimA properly trained DDS Diver working on trim and buoyancy during a NAUI Cavern/NAUI Intro to Tech Foundational Skills course.

Fitness in Diving

Some new divers complain that lead weights and tanks are heavy, while more Technically Advanced Divers dive with Sidemount or back-mounted double tanks.

Diving with a drysuit creates more buoyancy, drag and resistance while swimming through the water, so there is an element of fitness required to dive.  Carrying tanks to the water, stage bottles, rebreathers, camera systems, scooters, all these things have weight to them.  It’s part of diving, so get fit and get ready to handle the gear you’ll be using.

To get more comfortable handling these items a strength building program to strengthen arms, legs and abs are very beneficial.  30 push-up’s a day, 100 ab crunches and a light jog even 1-2km a couple of days a week will help make a difference in your strength and overall well being, while also improving cardiovascular health.

Swimming will help give the body a resistance free total body workout too and if you can’t take the impact from running or rowing, may be a better option for you and its fun!

Some dive courses require a specific distance to be swam before a specific time, don’t lose out on some great diving because you can’t make the cut.  It IS worth it and it WILL take time.

How Did We Get Here?  It Wasn’t Over Night

Dan’s has become the go to shop for recreational, advanced, technical diving education over the last 20+ years. DDS was established in 1974.  We are Canada’s Oldest PADI Dive Shop and 2nd oldest worldwide currently.

With the help of a Canadian Diving Pioneer John Reekie (passed away several years ago) we helped introduce the Canadian Diving Market to Technical Diving and Cave Diving gear and procedures as early as 1986!  We were one of the first North American Dive Stores to offer Nitrox as an alternative breathing gas in 1992 when the traditional agencies were Anti-Nitrox and causing riots at dive shows because they honestly believed Nitrox to be Voodoo Satan Gas!  True Story!

By the mid 1990’s we were offering old-school technical diving and rebreather courses.  By 2000 we were introduced to more progressive diving and upgraded our training, which allowed us to see a different side of diving, one that was less limiting and more progressive.

DDS Divers enjoy a cleaner, more streamlined gear body, gear configuration and ability to share air more effectively than traditional short hose divers

We began offering Progressive Doing it Right based (DIR Diving) training and equipment, including the offering of backplates to new open water sport divers a part of basic training and introducing recreational divers to the long hose/short hose regulator configuration or the Hogarthian method of diving.

In 2007 we began offering more modern and progressive Sidemount training.  We are happy to be offering training on several different rebreather configurations, especially the modular and most versatile machine on the market, White Arrow Explorer Rebreather System, capable of any configuration.

Every recreational diver can benefit from our experience, the new skills that we offer and every day diving techniques that we introduce from basic open water programs. Horizontal Trim, Buoyancy, Team Awareness, S-Drills, Bubble Checks, SMB Deployments, Air Sharing horizontally in neutral buoyancy with a long hose regulator, Team Diving Protocols and more.

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Learning your foundational kicks without fins or gear on is the first step to perfecting your forward, turn and backwards kicks during an Intro to Tech Course

While not every diver is introduced to this from every instructor around the world, we also offer Foundational training to start experienced divers off right as well, as many of the concepts we teach aren’t taught elsewhere unless the divers have been taught by a certified cave or technical instructor. At the end of the day we want everyone to learn to be better and dive with more confidence, comfort and awareness, so we offer workshops like NTEC which is a great way to prime yourself to learn the foundational skills you should know in a class and pool setting showing you a better way to do things in the right gear.  This also prepares you for a glimpse into your diving future should you want to progress towards Wreck Diving, Cavern or Cave, Ice, Technical and more.

Our experience in expeditions and exploration projects have also helped shape our divers into the best divers in the water.

Get More Technically Correct

When a diver starts to get more “technical” it helps them become a more complete diver.  It doesn’t mean they have to aspire to achieve a new super deep world record sort of depth where they hang for hours on decompression stops, however, it does break through the misconceptions, boundaries of conventional training and opens you up to a lifetime sport with the ability to go anywhere with your diving.

We believe Technical Diving is simply extending your range both with respect to knowledge, but also extending the scope of your abilities beyond what is known and offering new challenges along the way.

Our NAUI Intro to Tech Course has been called the “Best Dive Course” by nearly everyone who’s taken this amazing foundational skills class.  Regardless of whether a student completes the course successfully the first time or not, “Intro” is where better diving begins.

Our Intro course begins with the tightening up of the divers buoyancy and trim, cleaning up and streamlining the entire equipment configuration, introducing new surface protocols and pre-dive regiments like safety drills, SADD checks, Bubble Checks and Heat to Toe checks which improve safety and awareness.

Intro also begins to stress the team concept of diving, which is something talked about but rarely enforced in traditional recreational diving.  We introduce the benefit to 3 person buddy teams, which are often taboo in traditional training as well, as we believe a second set of hands to help and eyes to see are very important should a diver require assistance.

NAUI Intro to Tech Students Air Share
NAUI Intro to Tech Students working on trim and buoyancy while sharing air during their confined water session.

After classroom sessions are complete students are introduced to a combination of dry land surface drills that allow the instructor to demonstrate skills such as trim, fin kicks, flat horizontal body posture, air shares, valve shutdowns, diver rescues, lift bag deployments and many other skills topside as they can talk about each skill attribute and show it off before the students are expected to demonstrate it both on the surface and then the skills are executed by instructors and students under the water in a shallow pool or confined water area suitable for this sort of training.  Upon successful completion of the pool sessions candidates are then taken to open water and will complete all skills in a shallow open water environment where No Stop Times are not an issue.

During Intro to Tech a staff member will video record the students skills throughout the program so they can break down their progress frame by frame and discuss thoroughly throughout the course dives in debriefing sessions.

Students love the fact that this style of training is done intensively as repetition helps them improve and learn at a quicker rate, especially upon review of each dive during de-briefing when we break down all of the skills done that day with video review.

Through clear and concise de-briefings the students know exactly what it is they need to work on and how to improve as we take corrective action with them and continue to show them how to properly execute each skill breaking down the skills as clear and concise as possible.

Just the Beginning

Many divers love the challenge that Intro brings and those divers who work hard and succeed will enrol in their next challenge.

Divers will be using more equipment which creates a need for better fitness, stiffer fins, stronger dive abilities and confidence.

Imagine being perfectly neutrally buoyant without a bottom below you as you stare below into the abyss without any fear or concerns

Intro to Tech is a stepping stone to bring divers more safely into the realm of deeper diving or overhead environments as the foundational skills and trim learned here ensure that those divers are going to be able to perform the rudimentary skills like horizontal buoyancy, frog kick, modified frog kick and to be able to fin backwards for 10′ without hitting the bottom or silting out the dive site because Zero Impact Diving is such am important skill to possess as it saves the reef, fragile clay patterns, maintains the water clarity (especially in a wreck or cave where a diver will have to navigate safely back out of a zero visibility environment) and makes the diving more pleasurable for all.  The other important skill is something we teach at Open Water and again at Advanced Open Water and Intro to Tech, which is being able to deploy and send an SMB up to the surface ascending on a reel stopping every 10′ and then ascending to 15′, 12′, 9′, 6′, 3, surface many of those divers will engage in their next adventure.

Intro to Tech is simply the holy grail of recreational diving because you see what is lacking when you compare it to someone who’s been coaxed into taking a different more traditional Master Scuba Diver sort of approach.  Rather than being taught to dive properly, most divers are taught to pay for an instructors time, a paper manual and a plastic certification card.  While there are some phenomenal recreational specialty courses (Nitrox, Equipment Specialist, DPV, Cavern, Drysuit) most dive stores don’t have the talent or the ability to teach some of these more useful classes and favour a quick payout instead of committing their divers to more in-depth training.

The most popular courses Intro graduates challenge themselves next with range from Wreck Penetration to a Cavern/Cave 1 class, DPV class, Technical Decompression with Helitrox (Tech 1) Advanced Nitrox/Decompression Procedures.

Growing Your Experience

Regardless of the certification level a diver achieves it requires regular diving to maintain that level of proficiency and regular dives to that highest level of certification.  We usually recommend 20-25 dives annually at that level before moving to the next level.

At DDS, We are NOT a certification factory that tries to push our divers from Intro to Tech to Trimix Rebreather in a month.  It’s not about numbers, its about the quality of the diver and those divers that are making poor choices have no real world underwater dive skills and often lose buoyancy, panic or are a complete embarrassment to the sport.

DDS Divers are some of the highest trained divers in the country and they show a lot more finesse and discipline than most.  Those divers who choose to work hard and grow their diving abilities are often asked to join in on bigger, better dives, as well as for support projects both local and abroad.

Expedition projects are conducted yearly and it’s always great when new members can be integrated into the Divers Edge family, which is our training and exploration group.  We have partners worldwide through several organizations that we do international projects with for caves and shipwrecks.

Get Involved

Regardless of your goals the key in anything is to keep involved and dive with divers who share the same views and the same goals in training and equipment.

We have taught and continue to teach divers from around the world and are more than willing to put on a presentation for groups, clubs, other shops as we’ve been doing for decades.

If you’d like to get involved and benefit from better training, equipment configuration and future diving opportunities, reach out and let’s get you involved with DDS Today.

We have trips, charters, training year round. Your first step is to reach out and make contact, the rest comes easily from there.

DDS Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule 2018

 

DDS Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule 2018

The Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule 2018 is well underway.  Get involved and get diving some of the best dive sites in the area this summer. 

All of our trips are full for the season now, so spend less time driving and more time diving shipwreck sites that are even better than most of the Tobermory shipwrecks by sticking around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario this summer.

We have some phenomenal end of season dives too which are shore based and some amazing DPV dives too, so lets get diving.

Charters and weekend dives require advanced sign up.  There is a charter form that will need to be filled out. Please book well ahead, many dives are already full or filling up.

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Download Your DDS 2018 Dive Schedule

Wednesdays require you to be on site by 6:30pm, gear up and dive in by 7pm, most dives are an hour in duration followed by a “Debriefing” at a local establishment.

** Please note gratuities are highly encouraged to help offset costs to the Wednesday Night dive leader who are donating their own personal fuel and time to you free of charge.  Tip Your Charter Captain and Crew on trips and charters for good work as well.

A * Denotes Advanced Dive.  A ** Denotes Technical Dive. Charters have a Charter fee.Dive Sites subject to availability. Locations subject to change. Please register in advance for all charters and weekend dives.

 

 

 

 

 

PADI Open Water Diver Course PADI Midweek August 2017

PADI Open Water Diver Course PADI Midweek August 2017

Learn to Scuba Dive this summer with Dan’s Dive Shop and take your PADI Open Water Diver Course Midweek August 2017 with Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected PADI Scuba Diving School. 

Join us at midweek at Dan’s on Thursday and Tuesday Nights as we complete classroom and pool sessions each week starting Thursday August 10th as we introduce you to the amazing world of scuba diving.  Class sessions begin at 6pm at Dan’s Dive Shop, while the pool sessions will be held at the on Tuesday evenings.  With the recent closing of the Kiwanis Pool we haven’t got a firm start time for pool times at this posting.

Learn to dive from one of North America’s most respected, most experienced, most progressive and visionary dive shops.  

What are you doing this summer? 

Learn to Scuba Dive.  Why not make this year awesome and learn to dive? Spend your summer exploring Ontario underwater – there are tons of great dive sites, exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education. We believe in teaching you how to maximize your potential and see where the tides take you.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving. 

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers  in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

 There is a Major Difference in Dive Training

 You’ll notice our divers look different underwater than the way the other stores or instructors teach.  This is because less than 5% of the industry teaches diving this way, as they themselves lack training or haven’t kept up with current trends in the diving industry. 

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Don’t settle for an inferior course that introduces you to antiquated skills and techniques.

 You owe it to yourself to get the best training you can, to learn the most modern and progressive diving techniques.  

Learn to dive in and purchase the right equipment configuration rather than several choices that you’ll outgrow quickly, as well cheapest_scuba_diving_courseas to enjoy your dive experience to the highest level, learning the right skills, finesse and in water control to enjoy your underwater experience to the fullest.

Here at Dan’s you’ll learn how the right equipment configuration and sound foundation skills can set the stage for diving excellence.  

Buoyancy and your control in the water affect everything you do.  Why not learn how to dive smarter not harder? 

Benefit from learning to use the right gear and  techniques from the beginning.

What Diver Would YOU Rather Be? 

Ask Yourself which kind of a Scuba Diver would you want to be like underwater?

Check out the following 2 videos showing Progressive Diving (the way Dan’s Dive Shop Teaches) versus Traditional Recreational Diving (the outdated way everyone else teaches).

Progressive Diving Video

Traditional Recreational Diving Video

What Are Others Saying About Us?

Want to get a better feel for the way we teach?  Nothing speaks louder when others talk about us: Check out our Testimonials Page.

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

23975_637475103520_89906648_38631183_537409_nTopics covered provide in-depth knowledge of basic scuba related theory and equipment (including but not limited to: 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).

Our divers learn the most modern skills, concepts in the most progressive and modern equipment configuration on the market, as we teach all courses without kneeling on the bottom, skills are completed horizontally and neutrally buoyant in the most streamlined buoyancy system and regulator configuration on the market.

You will have a more efficient and streamlined fin kick than most divers because we teach you how to properly use your fins introducing you to a multitude of different fin kicks and techniques.

We want to ensure you learn the right way to dive right from the start, as you progress in diving through your Advanced Open Water Course, Specialty Diver Training and at the very least have you train up to the level of PADI Rescue Diver.

We want you diving the right equipment, especially when you’re ready to purchase your scuba equipment from us later on.

Most divers pay for costly mistakes in poor training and equipment purchased elsewhere and end up constantly upgrading purchases and training they weren’t happy with.  This will not happen at DDS.

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?

You can complete the Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearnor by registering for the 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:

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally.

Scuba courses are available 12 months of the year.

Costs:

Course Cost is only $450-500+ HST ALL INCLUSIVE for the standard course with eLearning activation code and PADI Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!).

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots.   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.  

There is no need for you to purchase your own weight belt and weights we don’t believe in over-weighting our students and want you to become a member of the Zero Weight Club.  Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that we stopped using in training back in the 1990’s when integrated weight systems came out.

Financing is availableFinance 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.

DIVE DRY! PADI Open Water Drysuit Diver Upgrade


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 $175.00+HST to above course fee. Includes PADI Drysuit Diver Materials.

Enrich Your Diving! PADI Enriched Air Open Water Diver Upgrade


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
 

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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PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University September 2019

Get ready for the Spring Dive Season with our PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University and enjoy the fun, adventure as you become an underwater explorer with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School.  The course runs every Wednesday Night starting September 18 – October 30, 2019 from 7:00-10pm over 6 weeks with your Open Water Certification Checkout Dives to follow.

Learn to scuba dive with one of North America’s most respected, most experienced, most progressive and visionary dive shops.  At Dan’s we teach you the right way to dive from day one.

Learn how to Scuba Dive and spend your life exploring local and exotic locations.  Dive Ontario and the rest of this amazing world underwater as a DDS Diver.  There are tons of great dive sites both locally and away, as well as exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education. We believe in teaching you how to maximize your potential and see where the tides take you.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving. 

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers  in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

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?

Complete the academic portions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course and videos at your own pace with eLearning followed by 6 new classroom sessions with your Instructor who will introduce many revolutionary diving concepts not taught in more traditional dive training for a more informative and beneficial dive training experience.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Class Schedule

Pool & Classroom on Wednesdays 7:00pm -10:30pm every week from September 18- October 30 (except for October 16).

Open Water Certification Dives on November 2 & 3rd, 9:00am -4:00pm both day.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Pool/ Class Only $350+HST

PADI Open Water Course Full Certification $500+HST  ALL INCLUSIVE  eLearning activation code and PADI Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!). Includes class, pool, open water dives, full scuba equipment rental (no snorkeling gear), certification fees and more.

PADI Jr Open Water Course $600+HST ALL INCLUSIVE

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, however many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. 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, as well as some incentives.
You don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we don’t believe in over-weighting our students. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s.Our divers are taught to use little to no weight.

Financing is available: Finance your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving 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.

Our Cancellation Policy: If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.