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The Dive Outfitters Ltd

SCHEDULE

DISCOVER SNORKELING

June 27
July 8, 11, 29
August 1, 19, 29
September 9, 12, 30
October 3, 17, 22
November 14, 18
December 5, 10, 19
December 17 (in Leduc)

DISCOVER SCUBA

June 27
July 9, 11, 30
August 1, 20, 29
September 10, 12
October 1, 3, 17, 22
November 14, 19
December 5, 10, 19
December 17 (in Leduc)

POOL REFRESHER

June 27
July 7, 11, 28
August 1, 18, 29
September 8, 12, 29
October 3, 17, 22
November 14, 17
December 5, 8, 19

OPEN WATER DIVER

Pool & Clasroom Training
July 7-9
July 28-30
August 18-20
September 8-10
Sept 29-Oct 1
October 20-22
November 17-29
December 8-10
January 5-7 (in Leduc)

Open Water Training
(in Jasper)
June 24-25
July 15-16
Augsut 5-6
August 26-27
September 26-27
*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 pool and classroom 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. 

 

Part 1: Pool Training & Classroom Training 

$325 per person (Individual Registration)
or $275 per person if you register with a friend (Buddy Special)
Add $25 per person for use of rental mask, snorkel, fins, and boots

This first part of the course alternates between classroom & pool training over 2-1/2 days. Additional pool or classroom sessions are available if students need or want extra time to practice their skills beyond the weekend schedule. Depending on the size of the class, a typical class will be under the direct supervision and guidance of 1-2 instructors and 1-2 divemasters. Classroom sessions are in our classroom at the store on the westend of Edmonton and pool training is normally at NAIT (unless otherwise indicated). 

How it works:

  • Students will have the option to complete the pre-study theory either online or with a paper textbook.
  • Time commitment:
    • 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.
  • 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 9:00a.m. until about 5:00p.m.
  • Price includes soft-cover textbook and training materials.
  • 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.

Optional Condensed 2-Day Private Pool & Classroom
$475 per person
Add $25 per person for use of rental mask, snorkel, fins, and boots

Designed for students who are from out of town or shift-working that makes it difficult to attend the Friday evening pool & classroom session.

  • Time commitment:
    • 5-6 hours of online home study prior to the start of the weekend session
    • 4-5 hours of classroom training with the instructor to review gear setup, dive tables, and knowledge IQ questions
    • 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 8-9 hours. 
  • Held over a weekend: Saturday and Sunday all day. The exact start and finish times will vary depending on the pool schedule.
  • Instructors are available for assistance with the online theory via email, phone, or in-person during our regular store hours.
  • Minimum age to complete the online training is 13 years old.
  • Price includes online code and training materials.
  • Prior to the start of the course, students must complete the pre-course study material which includes a Online Training with IQ Review.
  • 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.

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Part 2: Open Water Training

$250 per person
Add $25 per person for use of rental mask, snorkel, fins, and boots

Upon completion of the pool & classroom training, a minimum of 4 open water dives in a lake or ocean (with an instructor) are required for students to be comfortable and to satisfactorily demonstrate all necessary skills for certification. Upon completion of each open water dive, both the student and instructor should feel comfortable with the training exercises completed. Classes are broken into smaller groups with 4-6 students under the direct supervision and guidance of an instructor and a divemaster. You must complete the open water portion of your training within 6 months of your pool & classroom training. Many different options are available when choosing a location to complete your open water training.

  1. Jasper during the summer months (June to September) with our instructors
  2. Twin Lakes (near Winfield) during the summer months (June to September) with our instructors
  3. Vancouver Island  all year round, we can recommend a dive shop in Victoria, Nanaimo, or Comox
  4. Internationally* - anywhere in the world all year round with an instructor at the dive shop of your vacation destination

 

*International Referral Letter

If you're planning on traveling internationally (like Mexico, Hawaii, etc), you can also complete your 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.

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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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

Places to Stay in Jasper

**For summer 2017, we have several campsites pre-booked and available for student use. Please contact the store for availability and pricing prior to confirming your open water dates.