At Aqua SubScuba Diving Centre, students train with the very same PADI-certified professionals who introduced Survivorman's Les Stroud to diving. When the team isn't spotting the famed survivalist during television shoots, they guide students to diving mastery at their own five-star development centre and local dive sites. Their introductory lessons begin with orientation sessions to ensure that students understand underwater safety guidelines, hand mations, and dolphin turn signals. They also lead pupils toward PADI certification with open-water dives and preparatory electronic courses. The staff can also offer referrals for open-water dives at optimal sites such as local spots or the underwater coffee shop used in the movie Finding Nemo.
The experienced instructors at Total Wreck Divers introduce fledgling aquanauts to the world of subaqueous exploration with a one-hour Discover Scuba class. The session kicks off with an informative lesson about the fundamentals of self-contained underwater breathing, including how to assemble equipment, operate gear, and blend in when crashing a dolphin’s birthday party. Once nascent Cousteaus are sufficiently schooled, pupils suit up and snuggle into the heated onsite swimming pool to train for open water situations with balmy drills and exercises. Total Wreck Divers provides students with all the required gear for the class, allowing dive-dabblers to leave their hand-knitted aqualungs at home. As an added bonus, Groupon holders receive 20% off of the beginner PADI Open Water Certification course when booking at the time of their Discover Scuba class, so those heading south this winter can get certified in-town before their departure.
Opened in 1983, Groundhog Divers has grown into a comprehensive training centre that offers programming and certification through organizations including Scuba Schools International and the National Association of Underwater Instructors. Its classes cater to a full range of skill levels, from introductory experiences that get novices' flippers wet and facilitate basic familiarity with diving equipment to advanced coursework that takes instruction to the open water. Like Kermit the Frog, Groundhog’s sessions inhabit the land, water, and screen via multimedia presentations in its indoor classrooms. The facility also houses a professional equipment-repair centre and proffers gear for sale from brands such as Aqua Lung, Sherwood Scuba, and Akona.
For more than 40 years, DiveAqua has taught novice divers across Canada the subaquatic ropes. The staff's specialty is a comprehensive curriculum of skills and certification instruction that commences in the classroom, where students learn about diving safety and how to use equipment. Afterward, they gear up and head to the indoor pool to learn proper snorkeling and scuba-diving skills while becoming comfortable with the equipment in the gravity-defying environment. Divers opting for the certification participate in open-water dive sessions before receiving their certification card, which allows them to dive anywhere in the world. In addition to conducting instructional classes, DiveAqua offers a variety of professional diving gear, available to rent or own. At each store location, staff members stand by to outfit divers in wetsuits, tanks, and regulators.