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Advanced and Specialty Diving Courses

Our Cancellation Policy: You may reschedule your class within a 2 week time period. No shows or last minute cancellations will be subject to rescheduling fee. If you can’t do the class, you may transfer your class fees to someone else who can.

Dive Course Calendar

Nov
1
Wed
2017
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock University November 2017 @ Brock University
Nov 1 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 6 @ 10:45 pm

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock University November 2017

Get ready for the Fall/Winter Dive Season with your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course at Brock University and enjoy the fun with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School, and get your PADI Open Water at Brock University every Wednesday Night starting November 1st, 2017 from 6:45-10pm over 6 weeks with your PADI Open Water Certification Checkout Dives to follow.  This will be the final Brock Scuba course for 2017.

Learn to scuba dive with one of North America’s most respected, most experienced, most progressive and visionary dive shops.  At Dan’s we teach you the right way to dive from day one.

Learn how to Scuba Dive.  Why not make this year awesome and learn to dive? Spend your life exploring exotic locations as well as diving around  Ontario and the rest of this amazing world underwater.  There are tons of great dive sites both locally and away, as well as exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education. We believe in teaching you how to maximize your potential and see where the tides take you.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving. 

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers  in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

 At Dan’s We Offer You A Major Difference in Dive Training

 You’ll notice our divers look different underwater than the way the other stores or instructors teach.  This is because less than 5% of the industry teaches diving this way, as they themselves lack training or haven’t kept up with current trends in the diving industry. 

dds toby 2

Don’t settle for an inferior course that introduces you to antiquated skills and techniques.

 You owe it to yourself to get the best training you can, to learn the most modern and progressive diving techniques.  

Learn to dive in and purchase the right equipment configuration rather than several choices that you’ll outgrow quickly, as well cheapest_scuba_diving_courseas to enjoy your dive experience to the highest level, learning the right skills, finesse and in water control to enjoy your underwater experience to the fullest.

Here at Dan’s you’ll learn how the right equipment configuration and sound foundation skills can set the stage for diving excellence.  

Buoyancy and your control in the water affect everything you do.  Why not learn how to dive smarter not harder? 

Benefit from learning to use the right gear and  techniques from the beginning.

What Diver Would YOU Rather Be? 

Ask Yourself which kind of a Scuba Diver would you want to be like underwater?

Check out the following 2 videos showing Progressive Diving (the way Dan’s Dive Shop Teaches) versus Traditional Recreational Diving (the outdated way everyone else teaches).

Progressive Diving Video

Traditional Recreational Diving Video

What Are Others Saying About Us?

Want to get a better feel for the way we teach?  Nothing speaks louder when others talk about us: Check out our Testimonials Page.

Our PADI Open Water Scuba Course is the first in a series of progressive scuba diving programs offered through our award-winning 5-star PADI Dive Centre.

23975_637475103520_89906648_38631183_537409_nTopics covered provide in-depth knowledge of basic scuba related theory and equipment (including but not limited to: trim and buoyancy, fin techniques, weighting, pressure, volume, diving orientations, specialized equipment, basic decompression theory, diving accidents, first aid treatment, dive planning and table and computer use).

Our divers learn the most modern skills, concepts in the most progressive and modern equipment configuration on the market, as we teach all courses without kneeling on the bottom, skills are completed horizontally and neutrally buoyant in the most streamlined buoyancy system and regulator configuration on the market.

You will have a more efficient and streamlined fin kick than most divers because we teach you how to properly use your fins introducing you to a multitude of different fin kicks and techniques.

We want to ensure you learn the right way to dive right from the start, as you progress in diving through your Advanced Open Water Course, Specialty Diver Training and at the very least have you train up to the level of PADI Rescue Diver.

We want you diving the right equipment, especially when you’re ready to purchase your scuba equipment from us later on.

Most divers pay for costly mistakes in poor training and equipment purchased elsewhere and end up constantly upgrading purchases and training they weren’t happy with.  This will not happen at DDS.

Prerequisites?

Minimum age is 10 years by PADI standards, however we strongly recommend 12-14 years (Unless accompanied by a parent).

How can you enroll?

You can complete the PADI Open Water Scuba Course classroom component on eLearn or by registering for the course in store and picking up your PADI Open Water Crewpak.

Upon successful completion of classroom and pool sessions, students will need to complete an Open Water Diving component usually held over a weekend.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally.

Scuba courses are available 12 months of the year.

Costs:

The Full PADI Open Water Scuba Course cost is only $450+HST for standard PADI Open Water Course and Crewpak or $500+ HST ALL INCLUSIVE for the standard course with eLearning activation code and PADI Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!).

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots.   You’ll want to buy the right gear, so please have a read through our DDS Student Diver PDF and learn more about the specific gear requirements and training differences we offer.  

You don’t need to waste money on purchasing your own weight belt and weights we don’t believe in over-weighting our students.  Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s.

Financing is availableFinance your course, snorkeling gear and even your scuba equipment package at a very reasonable rate.  Ask staff for details and learn diving in the best equipment you can…..your own personal dive gear, or ours.

DDS will include all scuba equipment for the course, however,  you will enjoy your diving experience much more in your own personal dive equipment.

Students purchasing their own scuba equipment package from us (regulator, computer, buoyancy system) will be issued a Dan’s Dive Shop Gift Certificate in lieu of using our rental gear.  The Gift Card can be used towards your next purchase of training or equipment.

Dan’s is proud to offer the Largest Selection and Best Pricing available on all quality brand name Scuba and Snorkeling Equipment.

DIVE DRY!


Experience diving smarter, not harder! Dry is more comfortable, less effort, warmer and extends your dive season!

For students wishing to be warmer, drier and more comfortable during open water training dives, students can take advantage of diving dry in a DUI drysuit and experience how much more fun and enjoyable drysuit diving is. 

Take the PADI Open Water Scuba Course and add-on the PADI Drysuit Specialty Course as a combination and dive dry and warm instead of in a wetsuit at a discounted rate of only $175.00+HST to above course fee. Includes PADI Drysuit Diver Materials.

Enrich Your Diving!


Dive Longer, Feel Better, Upgrade your course to an Enriched Air Nitrox Open Water Course

Add the PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Option for students already enrolled in our  PADI Open Water Scuba Course.  Nitrox offers divers more energy between, during and after diving, Nitrox will wake you up and make you feel better and allow you to gain more bottom time staying down longer underwater. Cost is only $150.00+HST includes nitrox manual, specialty certification card, nitrox tank rentals for open water dives.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular courses divers are often interested in taking after Open Water.

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Enriched Air Nitrox 
  • Drysuit Diver
  • NTEC
  • Drift Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Rescue Diver
 

Our Cancellation Policy: You may reschedule your class within a 2 week time period. No shows or last minute cancellations will be subject to rescheduling fee. If you can’t do the class, you may transfer your class fees to someone else who can.

Nov
24
Fri
2017
PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course November 2017 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 2:15 pm

PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course November 2017

Our Award Winning PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course is offered on the November 24-26 weekend for those who are unable to attend a midweek class. Classroom begins Friday night for orientation, all day Saturday and Sunday here at our store and one of the Niagara Region local pools.  This is the full PADI Open Water Diver Weekend Course (class/pool).

Join us November 24, 25, 26, 2017 Sign up today.

This course is available privately for individuals or groups locally or wherever you are located. Those wishing to complete the academic portions via the eLearning process may do so by joining our eLearning website click here or we can issue you a PIN activation code.

What are you doing this Winter? 

Learn to Scuba Dive.  Why not make this winter awesome and learn to scuba dive? Spend your life exploring exotic desitinations as well as diving right in your backyard here in Ontario  where we have some of the best diving in the world.   Scuba diving offers you a plethora of great dive sites, exciting wrecks and beautiful aquatic life both locally and away on vacation.

At Dan’s we offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education. We believe in teaching you how to maximize your potential and see where the tides take you.

We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training aimed at taking you further through the life long adventure sport of scuba diving. 

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers  in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

 There is a Major Difference in Dive Training

 You’ll notice our divers look different underwater than the others, that’s because less than 5% of the industry teaches diving this way.

With Dan’s you’ll learn how the right equipment configuration and sound foundation skills set the stage for everything you do underwater.  Why not learn how to dive smarter not harder?

Benefit from learning to use the right gear and  techniques from the beginning.

Ask Yourself which kind of a Diver do you want to look like, check out these 2 videos showing Progressive Diving versus Traditional Recreational Diving.

Progressive Diving Video

Traditional Recreational Diving Video

Pre-requisite

Minimum age 12 years old (15 recommended for weekend courses unless parent is taking with them)

Training Agency

PADI

Additional Details

Our award-winning Weekend Open Water Course lets you get the expert training you need, in the convenience of a weekend course. We run the course over two weekend sessions. The first session is dedicated to knowledge and skill development, and in the second weekend we give a hand at our skills in the open water.

Weekend 1 is packed full of interesting and educational information including the underwater world, scuba diving equipment, potential hazards and prevention of problems in the water, self rescue techniques, dive planning and management of the dive, considerations in dive planning and dive buddy selection, PADI RDP Dive Table workshops, and many more classroom topics. These are covered Friday evening during the orientation session and on Saturday’s class session.

After the classroom sessions wrap up we will go to Ridley College. Pool sessions typically run 6-9pm Saturday and Sunday morning from 9am-12pm. Upon successful completion of all academic and pool sessions students are then qualified to completed a series of open water dives.

Dan’s PADI Open Water Dive Course is a beginner course designed to provide a strong foundation for student divers with no prior diving experience. Topics covered provide in-depth knowledge and solid skills in scuba equipment, diving science, basic concepts such as trim and buoyancy, fin technique, weighting, pressure, volume, diving orientations, specialized equipment, basic decompression theory, diving accidents and first aid treatment, dive planning and table use. We introduce our divers to the most modern skills, concepts, and equipment configuration alternatives not taught anywhere else in Canada at the open water level. This ensures you learn the right way to dive, the right gear to buy, and the right training path to take without making costly mistakes on poor training and equipment purchased elsewhere.

Books need to be picked up and read in advance with knowledge reviews completed or you can sign up for our eLearn classes

Students who cannot commit to a structured course involving attendance to the weekend classroom sessions can work with us through independent study using our PADI eLearn Package and our on-Staff Instructors can go over the academics with you.

Pool Sessions will have to be completed within the specified guidelines, however, make-up sessions are available, see staff for more details.

The pool sessions progressively build on previous skills each week with divers improving their comfort and familiarity with each session.

DDS Progressive Open Water Diver Course $450 + HST includes PADI Open Water Crewpak (books) Certification fees, ALL Scuba equipment rentals for pool and open water sessions.

DDS Progressive eLearning Open Water Diver Course $499.99+HST (We supply you with a PIN Number for activation)Includes PADI Deluxe Multi-Media Crewpak with Digital Manual, Online Videos, Virtual Dive Table, Dive Computer Simulator and PADI Online Logbook through Scuba Earth.  Please do not purchase PADI eLearning on your own or costs will be higher.

PADI Open Water Referral Program $299.99+HST is designed for students who wish to complete certification down south. Includes all classroom and pool training, as well as rental equipment for pool sessions.  Please note that your destination will charge you additionally for the certification dives.  For this reason many divers often decide to upgrade to our Open Water Checkout Dives Package to complete their open waters with us after seeing just how different and how much more progressive our dive training is.

Being a Progressive Dive Shop who’s been in business for over 40 years we can help in selecting the right store for you to do your referral through, or you can join us on one of our amazing winter trips and certify with us and maintain the same quality, consistency, configuration and techniques that only a select few educators offer world wide.

We also recommend you take our gear down south with you on your trip to maximize your comfort and maintain a positive experience in favour of using old, outdated bcds and regulators that don’t fall within the guidelines of our progressive training style.

Bring a Friend Special.  For a limited time save $100 combined ($50ea) when you bring a friend in with you to sign up for one of our Progressive DDS Scuba Courses.

PADI Open Water Check Out Dives are ideal for divers who have completed their classroom and pool dives elsewhere or wish to upgrade from our Open Water Referral Program.

If you’re new to DDS and our philosophies we will have you complete an equipment configuration and skills orientation to introduce you to new skills, techniques and gear configuration not covered by your previous training followed by your certification dives.

Cost is only $200 for the open water dives including your certification card, open water dive equipment rental is also included (Backplate, Regulator, Tanks, Dive Computer, Exposure suit with hood, gloves, weights).

Additional Benefits: If you decide to purchase your scuba equipment package from us to use on your pool and open water dives we’ll give you a $100 credit to your next purchase.  If you purchase your gear to use for your open water dives we will give you a $50 credit towards your next purchase.

We can accept students from any accredited dive training agency including: PADI, NAUI, SDI, SSI, GUE, UTD, IDREO and more

Private and Semi-private courses are also available at a slightly higher cost.

What gear will you need?

Atomic Mask, Snorkel, Fin PackageAll students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots.   You’ll want to buy the right gear, so please have a read through our DDS Student Diver PDF and learn more about the specific gear requirements and training differences we offer.  

This Great program is our most popular program for shift workers, people on tight schedules and divers really excited to get wet quickly.

Upgrades 

PADI Drysuit Option for students wishing to be warmer, drier and more comfortable during open water training dives. Students can take advantage of diving dry in a DUI Drysuit and see how much nicer drysuit diving is. Add $175.00+HST to above course fee.

Drysuit Option includes one more class/pool session, 2 more open water dives, PADI Drysuit Diving Manual, Specialty card certification and the use a DUI Drysuit system for Open Water Training dives.

Enriched Air Nitrox Option for students enrolled in the open water program who would like to have more energy between, during and after diving, Nitrox will wake you up and make you feel better and allow you to gain more bottom time staying down longer underwater. Cost is only $150.00+HST includes nitrox manual, specialty certification card, nitrox tank rentals for open water dives.

Jan
19
Fri
2018
PADI Open Water Weekend Course January 2018 @ Dan's Dive Shop, Inc.
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm

PADI Open Water Certification Weekend Scuba Course January 2018

Your New Years Resolution for 2018 should be to get your PADI Open Water Certification with DDS! Our Award Winning 5 PADI Star Scuba Diving program will be running Friday January 19-21, 2018 which will cover your class and pool sessions.  Open Water Dives will can be completed away on a winter trip or locally this coming spring, or you can even take a referral and certify on your own trip if traveling abroad this winter.

Dan’s is one of North America’s most respected, experienced, progressive and visionary dive shops.  We pride ourselves on offering you a higher level of training designed to take you further into the life long adventure of scuba diving. 

 Dan’s Offers A Major Difference in Dive Training & Philosophy

 You’ll notice our divers look different underwater than the way the other stores or instructors teach.  This is because less than 5% of the dive instructors are teaching progressive diving, as they themselves lack training or haven’t kept up with current trends in the diving industry, making them outdated or unsafe in comparison to those who are doing it better and doing it right.

We offer you a more thorough and modern approach to your scuba diving education. We believe in teaching you how to maximize your potential and see where the tides take you.

DDS Divers are the most skilled and respected recreational and technical divers  in the water because they are taught to be more comfortable, utilize precision buoyancy, possess higher skill and techniques underwater, with more academic and team awareness.

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DDS Divers hover motionless in the water with effortless trim, posture and have superior abilities and awareness

Don’t settle for an inferior course that introduces you to antiquated skills and techniques.

 You owe it to yourself to get the best training you can, to learn the most modern and progressive diving techniques.  

cheapest_scuba_diving_course
There is no such thing as a $99 scuba course, its a poor attempt to lure potential customers into an inferior scuba training experience.

Learn to dive in and how to purchase the right equipment rather than making the wrong choices repeatedly as divers quickly outgrow their gear and their original dive shops when they learn there is a better option.  Enjoy your dive experience to the highest level with the right skills, knowledge, team awareness and some finesse.  Let us help you enjoy your underwater experience to the fullest.

Here at Dan’s you’ll learn how the right equipment configuration and solid fundamenals will set the stage for a more enjoyable adventure. Dive smarter not harder.  You will benefit from learning how to use the right gear and with more progressive techniques from the very first session.

What Diver Would YOU Rather Be? 

Ask Yourself which kind of a Scuba Diver would you want to be like underwater?

Check out the following 2 videos showing Progressive Diving (the way Dan’s Dive Shop Teaches) versus Traditional Recreational Diving (the outdated way everyone else teaches).

Progressive Diving Video

Traditional Recreational Diving Video

What Are Others Saying About Us?

Want to get a better feel for the way we teach?  Nothing speaks louder when others talk about us: Check out our Testimonials Page.

Our PADI Open Water Diver course is the first in a series of progressive scuba diving programs offered through our award-winning 5-star PADI Dive Centre.

23975_637475103520_89906648_38631183_537409_nTopics covered provide in-depth knowledge of basic scuba related theory and equipment (including but not limited to: trim and buoyancy, fin techniques, weighting, pressure, volume, diving orientations, specialized equipment, basic decompression theory, diving accidents, first aid treatment, dive planning and table and computer use).

Our divers learn the most modern skills, concepts in the most progressive and modern equipment configuration on the market, as we teach all courses without kneeling on the bottom, skills are completed horizontally and neutrally buoyant in the most streamlined buoyancy system and regulator configuration on the market.

You will have a more efficient and streamlined fin kick than most divers because we teach you how to properly use your fins introducing you to a multitude of different fin kicks and techniques.

We want to ensure you learn the right way to dive right from the start, as you progress in diving through your Advanced Open Water Course, Specialty Diver Training and at the very least have you train up to the level of PADI Rescue Diver.

We want you diving the right equipment, especially when you’re ready to purchase your scuba equipment from us later on.

Most divers pay for costly mistakes in poor training and equipment purchased elsewhere and end up constantly upgrading purchases and training they weren’t happy with.  This will not happen at DDS as our divers are taught the Doing it Right approach of training in and utilizing the right gear and techniques from the very beginning.

Prerequisites?

Minimum age is 10 years by PADI standards, however we strongly recommend 12-14 years (Unless accompanied by a parent).

How can you enroll?

You can complete the Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearn . We will have you complete all academic portions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course and videos at your own pace and will meet up for Classroom with your Instructor as we fill in many of the gaps left in traditional dive training with a more informative and beneficial dive training experience.

Upon successful completion of classroom and pool sessions, students will need to complete an Open Water Diving component usually held over a weekend.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Open Water Dives are required for Open Water certification and are included in your full course price and completed locally.

Scuba courses are available 12 months of the year.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Class/Pool Only $350+HST
Full PADI Open Water Certification Course Cost is only $500+HST  ALL INCLUSIVE for the standard course with eLearning activation code and PADI Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!).  Includes class, pool, open water dives, full scuba equipment rental (no snorkeling gear), certification fees and more.

What gear will you need?

All students will need to purchase their own Mask, Strap Fins, Snorkel, Boots, however many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too.   You’ll want to buy the right gear, so please have a read through our DDS Student Diver PDF and learn more about the specific gear requirements and training differences we offer, as well as some incentives.

You don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we don’t believe in over-weighting our students.  Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s.  Our divers are taught to use little to no weight.

Financing is availableFinance your course, snorkeling gear and even your scuba equipment package at a very reasonable rate.  Ask staff for details and learn diving in the best equipment you can…..your own personal dive gear, or ours.

DDS will include all scuba equipment for the course, however,  you will enjoy your diving experience much more in your own personal dive equipment.

Students purchasing their own scuba equipment package from us (regulator, computer, buoyancy system) will be issued a Dan’s Dive Shop Gift Certificate in lieu of using our rental gear.  The Gift Card can be used towards your next purchase of training or equipment.

Dan’s is proud to offer the Largest Selection and Best Pricing available on all quality brand name Scuba and Snorkeling Equipment.

DIVE DRY! PADI Open Water Drysuit Diver Upgrade


Experience diving smarter, not harder! Dry is more comfortable, less effort, warmer and extends your dive season!

For students wishing to be warmer, drier and more comfortable during open water training dives, students can take advantage of diving dry in a DUI or Santi drysuit and experience how much more fun and enjoyable drysuit diving is. 

Complete your PADI Drysuit Specialty as part of your PADI Open Water Certification Course at a discounted rate of only $175.00+HST above the standard course fee. Includes PADI Drysuit Diver Materials.

Enrich Your Diving and Breath it all in with A PADI Enriched Air Open Water Diver Upgrade


Dive Longer, Feel Better, Upgrade your course to an Enriched Air Nitrox Open Water Course

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Option for students enrolled in our PADI Open Water Certification Course who would like to have more energy between, during and after diving, Nitrox will wake you up and make you feel better and allow you to gain more bottom time staying down longer underwater. Cost is only $150.00+HST includes nitrox manual, specialty certification card, nitrox tank rentals for open water dives.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular courses divers are often interested in taking after your PADI Open Water Certification.

Our Cancellation Policy: You may reschedule your class within a 2 week time period. No shows or last minute cancellations will be subject to rescheduling fee. If you can’t do the class, you may transfer your class fees to someone else who can.

Feb
4
Sun
2018
Florida Springs Trip 2018 @ Luraville
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 10 @ 10:30 am

Florida Springs Trip 2018

Florida Springs Trip 2018 Week 1 is an intensive training week offering expert level training in DPV, Intro to Tech and Cavern Training with Cave & Technical Diving Instructor/Explorer Matt Mandziuk.  If you want to be the best diver possible, this trip is life changing and will improve every aspect of your diving.

Don’t miss out on our SIGNATURE TRAINING TRIP in Florida’s beautiful aquifer in the heart of cave country. Spend an exciting week with us earning your Intro to Tech, DPV and Cavern certifications. It’s an intense but incredibly rewarding week filled with lots of diving in some of the most spectacular and unique dive spots in the world. 

Read  testimonials from past graduates in our Testimonials page and see just how monumental this trip is!

Participate in our NAUI Intro to Tech Class and see that this course is not just for tech divers – it is a foundational skills refinement  course that will dial up your control, problem solving and finesse as you dive in any situation. Our DPV course covers the use of one of the most fun and useful exploratory tools – the diver propulsion vehicle, while our Cavern course will build on your Intro to tech skills dovetailing seamlessly into one another, while exposing you to a magic that few divers experience – the cavern zone of beautiful caves. 

And if you’re looking for greater challenges, CHECK OUT OUR CAVE 1 AND CAVE 2 courses the following weeks. Call or email the shop for more details and make training with us in Florida next February the best decision of your diving adventures!

Lodging and food is only $550 US (based on a group of 6) Course package is only $650 for Intro to Tech, DPV and Cavern Diver Combination Courses.  Sign up today for the most progressive, high skills training experience of your dive career and challenge yourself today. 

For more course information check out our Cave & Technical diving courses section.

To book your accommodations please contact our travel partner:
Kristen Mandziuk-Hardy, Travel Consultant
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kristen.hardy@fcatravel.ca
phone: 905-328-7851, fax: 905-984-2167
http://www.flightcentreassociates.com/KristenHardy
Flight Centre Associates
Head Office: 1 Dundas St W, Suite 200, Rm M, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3
1-416-368-4221 TICO#50016384

Things to Consider

– Not all dive courses are created equal.

– A perceived “too good to be true” priced scuba course often is and there are hidden costs that price it well above ours, while the quality is well below ours.

– As Canada’s Oldest PADI Dive Center we have pretty much seen it all over the last 40 years as we have paved our own way in diver education offering diving education that is a cut above the rest.  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 Courses,  and much more – all taught well above the minimum agency standards.

Why We’re Different – Do Your Homework

We know diving, but find out what others are learning from us. Check out our Testimonials Page.

Learn more about the Dan’s Difference in dive training.

Read our BLOG to learn more about what we do, where we’ve been, upcoming events, articles, newsletters and to see first hand the differences in how and what we teach our divers.

Check out our Photos and watch our Videos to see our divers in action….You could be featured in there yourself once you’re certified like many of our divers are.

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, while offering you the best selection and pricing on scuba diving equipment from all the best scuba diving brands, local diving trips, exotic dive travel, weekly local dives and more.

Want More Challenges?

transition into technical and cave diving courses

For divers wanting more of a challenge 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.

Staff & Instructors

The Dan’s Dive Shop store Staff along with our instructional team of Recreational and Technical scuba diving Instructors,  Divemasters and Assistant Instructors are the most dedicated, experienced team of professional level scuba divers in the diving industry.

Our scuba diving instructional team offer the most comprehensive learning of recreational scuba courses, Cave Diving and Technical Diving courses, Enriched Air Nitrox and Sidemount diving courses, while utilizing the most progressive diving methods, equipment, technology and by teaching our students the most comprehensive scuba diving courses on the market.

DDS Staff @ Sherkston

Our staff are all active diving enthusiasts who love scuba diving and all that the diving life style has to offer!  

They’re progressive divers who are learning and advancing their personal diving careers on a regular basis through continuing education courses and training, while also preparing mentally and physically for more demanding advanced dives.

Our staff are often required to test dive new dive equipment, trying different styles of diving, which gives them a perspective on the amazingly fun styles of diving that we specialize in like single tank diving, diving double tanks, sidemount, drysuits, diver propulsion vehicles, rebreathers and so much more.   The bottom line is that our staff are expected to be leaders in the local scuba diving community, they help shape our divers into the most informed divers in the water and mentor a lot of our newer divers as well.

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We have a lot of fun at DDS. Join the family.

You can trust that our staff have a good amount of diving experience and good overall knowledge, while many of them are still learning, so if you have questions on gear or training that exceeds their level of knowledge, please be patient as they defer more technical questions to Matt, Dan, Chris, Fawn,  or another qualified staff member who can get them the answers in a timely fashion.

One of the best things about our staff is the fact that we get out and dive on a regular basis for fun with our clients, who often times become regular dive buddies.  Very few dive stores have staff that dive, let alone their owners, whereas DDS staff and owners are out diving frequently interacting with or engaging their clients and having fun doing it.

Please be advised that only 2 of our staff are experts at custom wetsuits (Matt & Dan), while Matt, Fawn and Dan are DUI Factory Trained drysuit and drysuit undergarment fit specialists at measuring for DUI, while Matt and Dan are able to measure for Santi and Bare, so please call ahead of time prior to your anticipated trip to book an appointment with us.

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Dan’s Dive Shop pioneer of Progressive Scuba Diving Courses and Equipment Sales

Vintage Diver Dan 1970’s

Established in 1974 by Dan Mandziuk, Dan’s Dive Shop has shared the adventure of scuba diving in Niagara, Ontario for over forty years.  We are Canada’s innovator of higher level progressive scuba diving education in Recreational, Cave & Technical Scuba Diving instruction and a purveyor of the highest quality scuba diving equipment in recreational, cave and technical diving. 

At DDS we are known for offering the highest level of scuba diving education at every single level of training we offer.

We teach many of our scuba diving courses locally in Niagara, however, we also teach abroad anywhere our students want us to be, which includes other cities, provinces, states and even countries.

Matt Mandziuk carry’s on the legacy of DDS with Progressive Gear & Courses

Not Just Niagara….Dan’s is totally mobile and we are able to teach scuba courses anywhere we can drive to or fly into.  We’ve taught students from all over the world who have sought out the best scuba diving education and we have delivered time and time again.

We’ve taught students from every province in Canada, a number of the US States and other countries.  

We attract a large number of students from the greater Hamilton area, as well as Burlington, Oakville, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo,  Mississauga, Toronto and surrounding areas.  Northern Ontario is a popular destination for us to teach in as well as we can cover Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and much more with the utilization of eLearning, Skype, FaceTime or Podcasts, with watermanship sessions held in the most convenient locations possible, especially for our students in Northern Ontario.

Unmatched Retail Shopping

Shop with us Online

We are proud to offer Canada’s Largest Inventory and selection of scuba diving equipment from the top brands in the industry.  

We carry the largest selection of scuba and snorkeling equipment offering the highest quality snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, as well as swimwear and metal detectors.

Our pricing is the  most competitive and we offer you the best pricing and service guaranteed on all the scuba gear we sell.   We will not be undersold.

Customers from all over North American and abroad shop our online dive store regularly for the best deals on scuba and snorkeling equipment, as well as expert drysuit sales and service.

Why pay more buying gear from your local dive shop or buying it out of the U.S. when we guarantee you better pricing, equipment choices and service?

We take away the hassle of crossing the border, paying duty or brokerage fees, or expensive shipping.  Let us do the work for you and get the best gear at the best price.  Email or call us for a gear quote.

Fun and memorable dive trips

We love diving locally around the Great Lakes and surrounding areas.

We honestly believe that we have the best diving in the world right here in Ontario and some of the other coastal provinces (Quebec, BC., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to name a few), so we are pleased to offer both local and down south scuba diving trips and excursions to cater to divers who like diving in any environment warm or cold.

Experience a fun day charter, a fun filled weekend trip out of town diving  the great local Canadian sites, U.S. sites, or join us for a week or more doing some further more exotic scuba diving destinations on one of our dive travel trips around the world. 

We run amazing trips South as well!  We routinely run trips to Micronesia, Mexico, Honduras, Florida, Bahamas and many other warm water destinations too.

Count on our team

Get to know our great team of staff and instructors who are all active and constantly learning divers. We love what we do and are always looking for like minded people to join our dive team.

The majority of our dive team are local Niagara area Divers, with some of our team covering the Toronto and Burlington regions. If you want to learn to dive using a different philosophy that focuses on diver comfort, development of foundation skills, team diving with the ability to go anywhere you could possibly imagine in scuba, the possibilities are endless here at DDS.

E-Learning at your pace

Whether you’re just starting out or are already certified –  PADI’s eLearning is a flexible and convenient way to take more dive courses online at your pace. Sign up and get started right away with the instructional videos and interactive learning modules. Register Dan’s Dive Shop as your local PADI Dive Centre when you sign up and you can come in any time to ask us questions about what you’re learning. 

Active in our local community

We’re involved with many charities and events such as: Project Aware Foundation, We Are Water Project, Dive For A Cure, United Way, Terry Fox Foundation, Race Against Autism, Old Timers Hockey, St. Catharines and Welland Rotary Clubs, Grimsby Auxiliary Marine Rescue Unit, as well as local hospitals, police departments, fire departments,  schools and many other organizations.

Experience the difference

Come in and see the difference we can make in your diving career. It’s fun, challenging and you’ll get a lot more out of this sport with the right store backing you in the right gear with the right skill and techniques.

Let us help you become the best diver you can be – join Dan’s Dive Shop and Divers Edge training. 

See you in the water!