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The Dive Outfitters Ltd

SCHEDULE

DISCOVER SNORKELING

October 1, 22
November 14, 18
December 5, 10, 19
December 17 (in Leduc)
January 9, 13, 23, 27
February 10, 20, 24
March 10, 13, 24, 27
April 10, 14

DISCOVER SCUBA

October 1, 22
November 14, 19
December 5, 10, 19
December 17 (in Leduc)
January 9, 14, 23, 28
February 11, 20, 25
March 11, 13, 25, 27
April 10, 15

POOL REFRESHER

October 1, 20
November 14, 17
December 5, 8, 19
January 9, 12, 23, 28
February 9, 20, 23
March 9, 13, 25, 27
April 10, 13

OPEN WATER DIVER

Pool & Clasroom Training
October 20-22
November 17-29
December 8-10
January 5-7 (in Leduc)
January 12-14
January 26-28
February 9-11
February 23-25
March 9-11
March 23-25
April 13-15

Open Water Training
Summer 2018 TBD (Jasper)
Summer 2018 TBD (Twin Lakes)
*These dates are available for all courses including Specialty courses

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Learn To Scuba Dive

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Earn your Open Water Diver Certification today and open your life to a new world of adventure and discovery with scuba diving!

The Open Water Diver Course is designed to prepare students for safe open water scuba diving. All students receiving certification will possess the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for safe open water scuba diving with a buddy, independent of an instructor or divemaster. 

As a certified Open Water Diver you are able to:

  • dive internationally with a dive buddy
  • rent dive gear
  • get air fills
  • dive off of a dive boat or from shore
  • dive to a maximum depth of 60ft/18m

The Open Water Diver course is broken into two parts. The first part is classroom and pool training and the second part is open water trainingwhere you will go to a lake or ocean with an instructor and complete your skills in an "open water" environment. Both parts of this course must be completed within a six month period.

Course fees do not include travel, accommodations, air fills during the open water and snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots). Students will receive discounts on gear purchases up to 25% off. Please refer to our Refund Policy for questions about rescheduling or canceling registration for a course. 

 


Full Certification Course

$575 per person (Individual Registration)
or $525 per person if you register with a friend (Buddy Special)

Part 1: Classroom & Pool Training

  • Online Training or Textbook: Price includes choice of a soft-cover textbook or online training code as well as other required training materials.
  • Other Costs: Price includes scuba gear, but does not include personal snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots) which may be rented for the weekend for $25.
  • Timeframe: The course is held over a weekend: Friday night, Saturday & Sunday all day. The exact start & finish times will vary depending on the pool schedule, but normally Friday night will run from 6:00-10:30p.m. and Saturday & Sunday will be from about 8:30a.m. until about 5:00p.m. Additional pool or classroom sessions are available if students need or want extra time to practice their skills beyond the weekend schedule.
  • Training Received:
    • 5-6 hours of reading and home study prior to the start of the weekend session
    • 8 hours of classroom time with the instructor
    • 7 hours of pool time with the instructor 
    • The total number of hours that you will spend under the personal guidance of an instructor is approximately 15 hours.
  • Class Size: Classes typically range from 8-14 students with direct supervision and guidance of 1-2 instructors and 1-2 divemasters.
  • Where: Classroom sessions are in our classroom at the store on the westend of Edmonton and pool training is normally at NAIT (unless otherwise indicated). 
  • Pre-Study: Prior to the start of the course, students must complete the pre-course study material which includes a Student Manual with IQ Review or Online Training with IQ Review.

Part 2: Open Water Training

  • Snorkeling Gear: Price includes scuba gear, but does not include personal snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots) which may be rented for the weekend for $25.
  • Timeframe: The course is held over a weekend: Saturday & Sunday. The exact start & finish times will vary, but normally students will meet the instructor at the lake at 8:30a.m. on both Saturday & Sunday and will finish around 2:00p.m. In Jasper, students will be required to get their tanks refilled at the firehall on Saturday afternoon for a small fee.
  • Training Received:
    • 1 short snorkel swim to acclimatize to the water and get familiar with the gear
    • 4 open water dives (2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday) with the instructor
    • The total number of hours that you will spend under the personal guidance of an instructor is approximately 12 hours.
  • Class Size: Groups of students for the open water training are much smaller and are generally 2-6 students per 1 instructor and 1 divemaster.
  • Where: Either Jasper or Twin Lakes (near Winfield) are available for open water training. 

You must complete the open water portion of your training within 6 months of your pool & classroom training. Local open water diving season runs from end of May until the end of September.

Optional Drysuit Certfication

drysuit may be used instead of a wetsuit during open water training. Students will be required to attend an additional classroom and pool session to learn the use of the drysuit prior to their open water training. A fifth dive with the instructor will be required to obtain the Open Water Diver certfication along with the Drysuit Diver certification. If completing the drysuit certification in conjunction with your open water, the additional fee is $175 per person. The Drysuit Diver manual must be purchased as well, but may be shared amongst friends or family. See Drysuit Diver for more info about the course.

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Classroom & Pool With International Referral  

$325 per person (Individual Registration)
or $275 per person if you register with a friend (Buddy Special)

If you're planning on traveling (like Mexico, Hawaii, Vancouver Island, etc), you can also complete the classroom & pool training with us and then complete your open water training dives at your holiday destination with a Referral Letter. You will take your referral letter to the instructor at your vacation destination who will complete your four required dives with you. Students must keep in mind that this part of the training is still part of the certification course, and therefore your four required dives must be completed with the same instructor. The open water training must be completed within 6 months of your pool & classroom training. After completing the dives, bring your signed Referral Letter back to us and we will issue you a permanent certification card. Costs to complete your open water dives internationally will depend on where you go.

  • Online training or textbook: Price includes choice of a soft-cover textbook or online training code as well as other required training materials.
  • Other Costs: Price includes scuba gear, but does not include personal snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots) which may be rented for the weekend for $25. There will be a small fee for printing your certification card once you have completed the training. Costs for completing your open water training at your destination dive shop will be set by the instructor or dive shop, please consult them for pricing.
  • Timeframe: The course is held over a weekend: Friday night, Saturday & Sunday all day. The exact start & finish times will vary depending on the pool schedule, but normally Friday night will run from 6:00-10:30p.m. and Saturday & Sunday will be from about 8:30a.m. until about 5:00p.m. Additional pool or classroom sessions are available if students need or want extra time to practice their skills beyond the weekend schedule.
  • Training Received:
    • 5-6 hours of reading and home study prior to the start of the weekend session
    • 8 hours of classroom time with the instructor
    • 7 hours of pool time with the instructor 
    • The total number of hours that you will spend under the personal guidance of an instructor is approximately 15 hours.
  • Class Size: Classes typically range from 8-14 students with direct supervision and guidance of 1-2 instructors and 1-2 divemasters.
  • Where: Classroom sessions are in our classroom at the store on the westend of Edmonton and pool training is normally at NAIT (unless otherwise indicated). 
  • Pre-Study: Prior to the start of the course, students must complete the pre-course study material which includes a Student Manual with IQ Review or Online Training with IQ Review.

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Online Condensed Classroom & Pool With International Referral  

$475 per person

Designed for students who are from out of town or shift-working that makes it difficult to attend the Friday evening pool & classroom session. Please note, this option requires a minimum of 2 participants. If you would like to register without a buddy, please contact the store to review your options.

  • Online training: Price includes online training code as well as other required training materials. Minimum age to complete the online training is 13 years old.
  • Other Costs: Price includes scuba gear, but does not include personal snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, boots) which may be rented for the weekend for $25. There will be a small fee for printing your certification card once you have completed the training. Costs for completing your open water training at your destination dive shop will be set by the instructor or dive shop, please consult them for pricing.
  • Timeframe: The course is held on weekends: Saturday & Sunday all day. The exact start & finish times will vary depending on the pool schedule, but normally Saturday & Sunday will be from about 8:30a.m. until about 5:00p.m. Additional pool or classroom sessions are available if students need or want extra time to practice their skills beyond the weekend schedule.
  • Training Received:
    • 5-6 hours of reading and home study prior to the start of the weekend session
    • 4-5 hours of classroom time with the instructor
    • 5-6 hours of pool time with the instructor 
    • The total number of hours that you will spend under the personal guidance of an instructor is approximately 10 hours.
    • Instructors are available for assistance with the online theory via email, phone, or in-person during our regular store hours.
  • Class Size: The condensed course is typically a smaller size group of 2-6 students with direct supervision and guidance of 1 instructor and 1 divemaster.
  • Where: Classroom sessions are in our classroom at the store on the westend of Edmonton and pool training is normally at NAIT (unless otherwise indicated). 
  • Pre-Study: Prior to the start of the course, students must complete the pre-course study material which includes Online Training with IQ Review.

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Prerequisites for the Open Water Course

  • Minimum age for certification is 15 years
  • Junior Scuba Diver available for ages 12 to 15 but must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered and participating in the course (it is STRONGLY recommended to wait until the child is at least 14 years old)
  • Students must be physically fit and able to handle the physical and psychological demands of scuba diving independent of an instructor
  • Student must fill out the medical form and have signed approval from their doctor when necessary, prior to the start of the course
  • Students must be comfortable in the water and will be required to successfully complete a swim test of 200m (any stroke, not timed) as well as a 10 minute survival float. (Training is not permitted to proceed until the swim and float test are satisfactorily completed. If you're unsure of your abilities, head to a local pool and give it a try prior to registering).

Classroom Topics

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.
  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.
  • Dive equipment: selection, assembly, use and maintenance
  • Dive planning: dive computer use, dive tables, decompression theory, emergency procedures
  • Communication: hand signals, diving with a buddy 

Water Skills

  • Equipment assembly/disassembly
  • Entries and exits
  • Snorkeling techniques
  • Regulator use, recovery, clearing
  • Mask flood, removal, clearing
  • Use of BCD (inflation/ deflation)
  • Equalizing air spaces
  • Decent and ascent techniques
  • Sharing air and emergency ascents
  • Finning techniques
  • Underwater navigation
  • Buddy towing and assistance
  • Buoyancy control

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