Full Certification Course
$600 per person (Individual Registration)
or $550 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 6:00-10:00p.m, Saturday 10:30am-6:30pm and 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 either 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 fire hall 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
A 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 certification along with the Drysuit Diver certification. If completing the drysuit certification in conjunction with your open water, the additional fee is $210 per person plus textbook. 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.