Scuba Diving Courses
Dan’s Dive Shop has shared the thrill and adventure of Scuba Diving Courses and Trips throughout Niagara, Southern Ontario and surrounding areas for over forty years, becoming Canada’s innovator in diving education, which has allowed us to lead the dive industry forward, towards a higher level of understanding, experience, philosophy and evolution in scuba dive training from recreational scuba courses through into cave diving courses and technical diving courses.
At Dan’s we’re fortunate enough to have taught and continue to teach students from all over Canada, the United States and different countries who visit us, fly or drive out to them to give them the scuba diving education they deserve. We are totally mobile, willing to travel and teach anywhere you need us.
There’s a lot more to scuba than just breathing underwater and we’re here to share the fun and learning, as well as help you overcome challenges and live the excitement of scuba diving.
As Canada’s Oldest PADI Scuba School, we are a PADI 5 Star Scuba Diving Facility and we offer all PADI Courses, from Open Water to Advanced Open Water courses, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Master Scuba Diver Courses, PADI Assistant Instructor, Drysuit courses, Dive Speciality Dive Courses, and so much more.
For divers who want more of a challenge taught to the highest standard of learning, DDS specializes in Cave and Technical Diving Courses offering the most in depth technical diving programs in the country, including Intro to Tech, Decompression Procedures, Trimix, Cavern and Cave Diver Level 1 & 2, Wreck External Survey and Wreck Penetration, Ice Diving, Technical Wreck Penetration, Rebreather Courses, Deep Diving, Mixed gas diving, Specialty Diver Courses all of which keep the adventure of scuba diving thriving.
All of our cave & technical diving courses are taught through our affiliated training facility Divers Edge who provides all of our NAUI Technical Diving Courses, TDI (Technical Diving International) SDI (Scuba Diving International), PADI, IDREO (International Diving Research Exploration Organization) and many more.
Our training approach continues to pave the way in diving, utilizing the most modern “DIR/Hogarthian/Team Diving” philosophies and trends in the industry, utilizing the best technology and equipment to set us well ahead of the other dive shops who are still teaching outdated techniques in a less modular and more complicated and less streamlined equipment configuration.
We teach all courses with zero impact to the bottom, teaching you how to properly descend horizontally and ascend horizontally which is the most efficient and easiest way to go up or go down.
You do not kneel on the bottom in our classes which is a very bad habit that causes damage to the fragile aquatic life and impacts the visibility. We streamline your body, your equipment and your posture in a way allows you to complete your skills perfectly horizontal and with proper airway control and weighting you will not be floating up or down out of control.
We teach you how to fin properly utilizing a modified frog kick, modified flutter and a full frog kick right in the open water course, as well as how to turn and back fining, so you never have to use your hands to skull or flail like the majority of the diving community does, you’ll never need to push off the fragile shipwreck, delicate coral reef or millions of years old fragile cenote.
Whether you are a new diver or a seasoned diver looking for more challenges or control in your diving, we offer the best dive training from the most experienced and accomplished scuba divers in the country.
We offer you the best selection and pricing on scuba diving equipment from all the best scuba diving brands.
We Take You diving offering both local diving trips, exotic dive travel, weekly local dives and more.
Have Fun Underwater
By diving smarter, not harder, you’re going to have a lot more fun underwater.
You won’t be struggling to maintain proper buoyancy, trim or position and instead will have more breathing gas to explore.
Your tanks will last you longer with the right fin kicks and not flailing your hands and legs all over the place.
You’ll look better in pictures and videos than the majority of the divers around the world too, which is a great feeling when you can outperform Divemasters and Instructors.
Practice Makes Perfect
Diving is the most amazing sport in the world, but you need to keep active, maintain your skills, continue the learning and personal development and engage in the most amazing lifetime sport.
You can dive anywhere, any time with the right skills, techniques and equipment.
Small Groups & Personal Attention To Detail
Have you ever felt like an activity was moving along too quickly or that you didn’t feel as though you had time to absorb the material or ask questions? This is common in the sport of scuba diving where many dive stores overbook their classes because they believe discounting and sheer volume are the way to get people into the sport.
At DDS, we believe in small groups with our weekend classes being capped at a maximum of 8 participants with 2 staff members offering a 1:4 ratio.
This means we can move at a reasonable pace, while spending more time making you a good, solid, proficient diver, rather than herding you towards the next level of your open waters.
This semi-private instruction doesn’t really cost that much more than what the other shops are charging, yet gives you so much more value, confidence and awareness.
Cheaper courses are never better, especially comparing price vs quality.
No other store has the experience, or the personal commitment to delivering high quality training and service like Dan’s.