If foam noodles can be found floating on the surface of almost every pool, think how many perfectly salted meatballs must be at the bottom of the ocean. Discover the sea’s sunken treats with today’s Groupon to AquaSub Scuba Diving Centre in Richmond Hill. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a Discover Scuba class (a $60 value).
- For $415, you get a PADI certification and one-year membership (an $830 value), which includes the following:
- Open Water Dive course (a $350 value)
- One-year membership including pool-club access, pool rentals, and 50 per cent off additional equipment rentals, air fills, and purchases (a $480 value)<p><p>
Students can complete their open-water dives between April and October.
Helmed by a staff of PADI-certified professionals who introduced Survivorman’s Les Stroud to diving, AquaSub Scuba’s five-star development centre guides students to diving mastery using an indoor pool facility and local dive sites. Following a one-hour orientation during which instructors demonstrate underwater safety guidelines, hand motions, and dolphin turn signals, students fit into scuba gear and slip into the shallow end of the indoor pool for a one-hour introductory scuba lesson. All equipment including tanks, harnesses, and masks are provided, and classes take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. While many rites of passage result only in bragging rights and the confidence to jump through hoops of fire, students can also use the intro class toward their certification.
Prior to Open Water Dive courses, nautical neophytes complete up to 10 hours of preparatory electronic courses before embarking on two days of indoor pool dives guided by certified instructors At the course’s completion, staff offer referrals for open-water dives at optimal sites such as local spots or the underwater coffee shop used in the movie Finding Nemo. Over the next year, pupils complete four open-water checkout dives at local Ontario or tropical sites to rehearse scuba techniques and manoeuvers in order to obtain their PADI certification. Students must supply their own scuba gear and during the open-water dives as well as a bathing suit and completed medical form. Participants also receive a free issue of Training Diver magazine.
AquaSub Scuba Diving Centre
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.
For students more interested in above-water adventures, Aqua SubScuba Diving Centre also offers stand up paddle board rentals, sales, and lessons for all ability levels. Led by Paddle Canada certified instructors, lessons take place on Lake Wilcox in Richmond Hill, Scarborough Bluffs Beach, and on Georgian Bay in Collingwood.