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Spring Is In The Dive Air – Spring 2018 DDS Newsletter

Spring Is In The Dive Air – Spring 2018 DDS Newsletter

Our latest DDS newsletter is online now have a peak at all the upcoming trips, charters, new gear and some great promotions.

2018 promises to be an incredible dive year as evidenced by the flurry of activity already for trip and course signups and much more.

We even released this years dive trip/charter/weekly dive theme.  Dan’s The Dive Slayers!  You’ll love it.

Learn about some of the new Sidemount harnesses on the market from Light Monkey, Halcyon and Sub-Gravity.

CLICK HERE for online viewing. 

 

 

Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule for 2017

Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule for 2017

The Wednesday Night and Local Diving Schedule for 2017 is well underway.  Get involved and get diving some of the best dive sites in the area this summer. 

All of our trips are full for the season now, so spend less time driving and more time diving shipwreck sites that are even better than most of the Tobermory shipwrecks by sticking around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario this summer.

We have some phenomenal end of season dives too which are shore based and some amazing DPV dives too, so lets get diving.

Charters and weekend dives require advanced sign up.  There is a charter form that will need to be filled out. Please book well ahead, many dives are already full or filling up.

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Divengers Age of Ultra Diving Wednesday Night Dive Schedule 2017

May 31st Ontario Rd. Bridge (Welland)

June 7th International Train Bridge (Ft. Erie)

June 14th Navy Hall (Lower Niagara River)

June 21st The Barge (Upper Niagara River)

June 28th Netherby Rd. (Upper River)

July 5th Swing Bridge (Welland)

July 12th Kings Bridge Park to Boat Launch
(Chippawa Creek)

July 19th Boat Launch to Stanley Ave. (Chippawa)

July 26th Peace Bridge/Thompsons Hole *

August 2nd International Train Bridge

August 9th Frenchman’s Creek

August 16th Ontario Rd. Bridge

August 23rd Barge (Upper Niagara River)

August 30th Netherby Rd. Drift

September 6th Swing Bridge (Welland)

September 13th Kings Bridge Park to Boat Launch

September 20th Boat Launch to Stanley Ave.

September 27th Navy Hall

October 4th Thompsons Hole *

October 11th International Train Bridge

October 18th Swing Bridge

October 25th Frenchman’s Creek

November 1st Navy Hall

Wednesdays require you to be on site by 6:30pm, gear up and dive in by 7pm, most dives are an hour in duration followed by a “Debriefing” at a local establishment.

A * Denotes Advanced Dive.  A ** Denotes Technical Dive. Charters have a Charter fee.

Gratuities for staff and boat personnel greatly appreciated.

DDS Weekend Charter Dives, Trips, Events 

Sunday May 28th DDS DEMO DAY & BBQ @Welland Scuba Park $15/person. 

June 11th Tiller Wreck Charter AM & PM * (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)

June 18th Father’s Day Tiller Wreck Charters * (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)

Thursday Night June 29th Lyman Davis/Sligo Charter off of Humber Bay, Toronto *

July 2nd Lake Erie Carlingford/Benson *
July 3rd Lake Erie Crystal/Tradewind *
July 7-9 Tobermory Dive Extravaganza 2017 * (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)

Thursday Night July 13th Tiller Wreck 2 Dives *

July 22-29 Newfoundland Trip Wrecks, Whales, Mines and More!

July 23rd Lake Erie Acme/Stone Wreck *

August 6th Tiller Wreck Charter AM & PM *

Civic Monday August 7th Lake Erie Finnie/Niagara 

August 11-13 Rockport Thousand Islands Dive Weekend (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)
August 20th St. James/Arches Technical Charter or Picton Wrecks **

August 24th Oakville Wrecks Birmingham/Barge *

September 1-4 Northwind Expedition 2017 (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)

September 17th Tiller Wreck Charter AM & PM *

September 22-24 Tobermory Dive Extravaganza 2 *

October 15th Tiller Wreck Charter AM & PM *

October 19-21 Brockville Dive Exposé *

October 28-November 3rd Blackbeards Bahamas Liveboard Dive Vacation (Sold Out Waiting List in Effect)

October 29th Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest 2017

Friday November 3rd DDS RENTAL GEAR SALE

November 5th Rockport Wall Shore Dive

November 12th Waome Dive Carter Gravenhurst*

November 19th Bon Echo Park Scooter Dive (DPV’s available for rent with DPV Cert)

November 25th– December 2nd Mexico Cave Trip

December 3rd Brockville Daryaw *
December 8th DDS Christmas Party

December 29-January 6th New Years Mexico Cave Trip **

February 11-17 Florida Springs Trip (Intro to Tech, Cavern, DPV Training) *
February 18-24 Florida Springs Trip (Cave 1 Training) *
February 25-March 3rd Florida Springs Trip (Cave 2 Training) **

Dive Sites subject to availability. Locations subject to change. Please register in advance for all charters and weekend dives.

 

 

Winter Travel Tips

Winter Travel Tips Repost from The Businesss Link Niagara

Planning a little underwater getaway this winter? Dan’s Dive Shop can help you enjoy the water to its fullest.

By Matt Mandziuk

A popular HBO TV series uses the catch phrase “Winter is Coming” which to many signifies that it time to set your winter travel plans. People travel for a multitude of reasons. For some, it’s about getting away and relaxing, while others look for new and exciting activities to participate in – many of whom gravitate to the beach to swim and explore the sea.

To enjoy the water to its fullest, you’ll want a few of the items listed below to make it more fun, exciting and comfortable.  

  • Get yourself a good quality mask to clearly see what you’re looking at. You’ll want one made of high quality, hypo-allergenic silicone which offers a comfortable face seal. We recommend black silicone so it doesn’t yellow or cause excessive glare and distraction with a low surface area so there’s less effort to clear the mask of any water. The nose pocket should be easily accessible if diving down to pinch, lenses made of tempered glass. A proper fit is the most important feature, so take the time to get fitted by a professional. Don’t use swim goggles if you’re planning to swim below the surface deeper than a few feet.
  • Snorkels are available as just a simple a tube with mouthpiece, or with a purge valve on the bottom to aid in easy clearing of water. Semi-dry and dry top snorkels that help eliminate water from entering the tube above or below the water are now the most popular.
  • Fins are very useful to propel you effortlessly through the water and help you cover more distance without exerting, especially if there’s a current present.
  • Mesh shoulder bags, duffel bags and laundry bags are great ways to carry your gear to and from the beach. Having a pair of surf shoes will help protect your feet if there’s rough terrain en route to your entry or exit point.
  • Rashguards, chillguards and wetsuits are great ways to keep the sun off your back or keep you warmer for extended time in the water.
  • Having the right equipment can really make the experience a positive one. If you’re nervous in the water but still want to swim atop and look down, use a snorkeling vest, which orally inflates with air and allows you additional buoyancy and peace of mind. We’d also recommend pairing this with a dry snorkel to keep the water completely out of your mouth.

Regardless of where you’re traveling this season, Dan’s Dive Shop brings the fun of the sea and the sun with you for activities above and below the water with the largest selection in the country and the most competitive prices – so stop in for a fitting today!

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Dan’s Dive Shop is located at 329 Welland Avenue in St. Catharines. For more information on Dan’s Dive Shop, call 905.984.2160, email: info@dansdiveshop.ca or go to https://dansdiveshop.ca.

 

Alexandra Fleming

Alexandra Fleming – PADI Instructor

alexOur newest instructor on Staff, Alexandra Fleming was a welcomed import from Australia, where she learned to dive and teach.

A traditional recreational diver in the beginning, Alex has quickly adapted to more progressive recreational diving habits embracing the art of finesse, buoyancy, trim and higher level learning that only DDS can offer.

We are excited to see where the world of diving takes Alex now that she is drysuit certified and wanting to dive any time anywhere. 

We have even forgiven the fact that she’s a massive Boston Red Sox Fan.

Ontario Scuba Diving Trips and Events 2015 with Dan’s Dive Shop

Ontario Scuba Diving Trips and Events 2015 with Dan’s Dive Shop

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Photographer Fawn Messer being captured capturing a shot

It’s that time of the year again where the weather is warming up, the birds are singing in the morning as the sun kisses the earth with its inviting rays, the lakes and surrounding bodies of water warm up and Canada awakens from a deep, long winter freeze….Just in time for the best part of the year……Dive Season and some great Ontario Scuba Diving Trips & Events.

As always DDS has a wide range of fun dive trips and scuba diving events for you.

We offer a number of diving opportunities for the beginning recreational diver looking to hone their craft and gain more experience under the watchful eye of one of our DDS Instructors, Assistant Instructors or Divemaster, while we also have a number of trips and dive charters lined up for more advanced divers, cave and technical divers.

Over the years we have had the unique experience of growing our travel market, offering TICO approved dive travel through certified operators for international travel. As we are expanding at such a large rate that we are moving forward with plans to offer in house wholesale travel to our clients!

Here’s a look at the dive trips and events we’ve got on the books for 2015 so far:

DDS 2015 Season Kick-off BBQ & DEMO DAY

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 This year our season kick off BBQ and demo day takes place on May 31st from 9am to 5pm at Welland Scuba Park. Demos will include:

  • Precision Buoyancy Workshop with Wreck/Cave Explorer and Instructor Matt Mandziuk & DDS Staff.  Learn how to fin properly, how to balance yourself better in the water, as well as learn some of the foundation skills that all divers should have a handle on.
  • Yoga for divers with Kristen Mandziuk-Hardy.  Yoga for divers can be very beneficial in improving comfort, slowing your breathing rate and maximizes enjoyment underwater.
  • Drysuit Demo to experience the magic, comfort, warmth, freedom of donning/doffing and dryness of diving in a DUI or Santi Drysuit and start your journey to more comfortable diving that doesn’t revolve around the weather.  There is no “dive season” when you have a drysuit, you can dive year-round.
  • Demo The Latest Gear try the latest gear from Halcyon, Shearwater, Dive Rite and more:  Backplates, regulators, computers, and more.

For full info and schedule visit our Event Page. Tickets are on sale now. CLICK HERE to order yours today!  Ticket cost includes shipping and Paypal convenience fee; or pick up your tickets in store for only $15.00+HST.

Rockport – Thousand Islands

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One of the best things about diving in fresh water is the artifacts you see on a dive.

Nothing makes us happier than having a chance to get out and dive the US wrecks from Rockport Ontario to Boldt Castle and beyond, as we plan to dive our favourite shipwrecks like the Keystorm, America, Vickery and likely a  fun wall dive to finish off the day on Sunday.  Diving is also available on the Friday for tech divers looking to do some deeper dives.

Trip Date June 19th, 20, 21, 2015. 

This trip is currently sold out, but a waiting list is being put together.

Tobermory – Fathom Five Marine Park

Tobermory has been a favourite trip for divers since the 1970’s and continues to be one that gets bigger and bigger with each year, so this year we’ve added more lodging and more boats!  

Join us for 2 nights of lodging, 3 days of diving (1 shore, 2 days of boat diving) and food all wrapped into a price that you couldn’t do cheaper yourself (unless you camped).

This trip is geared for recreational divers primarily while technical divers take advantage of longer bottom times on the same sites.

Immerse yourself with the Wreck Diver specialtyExplore shipwrecks with the right gear and comfort

Complete your PADI Drysuit Specialty and Advanced Open Water Course on this trip.

July 10, 11, 12, 2015
October Date Coming Soon

Cost is only $350/person + HST including food, diving, lodging. Space is limited.  

When the “premium lodging” is booked up we will be offering a discount for simpler accommodations in housekeeping cabins with hydro, no onsite bathroom (there is a bathhouse) Cost only $295/person +HST and includes the same meal package and dive charters, just simpler accommodations.

Brockville – Dive the 1000 Islands

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Join us this August for warm wreck diving in Brockville

Brockville is another favourite trip similar in cost and structure to Tobermory, but with warmer water, diving what many call the Canadian Caribbean!

Join us for 2 nights lodging and 2 days of 2 tank boat dives. Shore diving is available Friday.  Lunch and Dinner included Saturday, lunch Sunday.  No Breakfast included.  We have kitchenettes to make an early morning meal.

Cost is only $350/person +HST. Space is Limited.

August 21-23, 2015
October Date Coming Soon

Northwind Expedition Style Dive Weekend – North Channel Lake Huron

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Dive one of the best shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes.  A perfect dive for advanced open water divers through to technical divers with wreck penetration, this perfectly preserved time capsule offers you a window to what the roaring ’20’s were like.

The Northwind is the premier shipwreck in the North Channel, but don’t be mistaken by thinking its the only shipwreck in these waters.  Much like where the trail of shipwrecks begins in Tobermory when

Learn how to steer, stow, care for and enjoy a DPV

Highway 6 ends, the carnage continues across the water where Highway 6 re-commences as you make your way further North towards Little Current, ON (near Sudbury).

382695_10151038751555512_1834590869_nThe North Channel of Lake Huron is home to hundreds of shoals and islands that often have a hidden secret below the surface.  There are a lot of great wrecks here where the water is warmer, but not quite as blue and deceivingly inviting as Tobermory, while offering wrecks that are near untouched in comparison.

The Northwind is a 300′ long shipwreck resting in 75-140′ of water with ability for certified technical decompression divers to enjoy longer run times and with penetration endorsement enjoy swimming through the cabins, hallways, galley, tool rooms and more.

Cost includes 3 night accommodation in Little Current at the Anchor Inn, 3 days of full day boat diving for a great price of only $499+HST.  Meals are not included.

Technical Decompression Diver with Helitrox and Wreck Penetration courses will be available on this trip.

Check out the Pictures in the Gallery

Check out our Northwind Video

DUI Drysuit DEMO DAY – Alexandria Bay, NY

Have you ever wanted to try a drysuit without the financial commitment?  Well now you can and not just any drysuit, but a DUI Drysuit!  DUI offers the worlds most comfortable, flexible, customized drysuits on the market. Stay warm and dry underwater and enjoy the best diving in the world…..cold water diving.

Immerse yourself in total diving comfort year round regardless of depth or Temp. Take the Drysuit Specialty Course
Immerse yourself in total diving comfort year round regardless of depth or Temp. Take the Drysuit Specialty Course

They have several racks of drysuit that can fit XX Small to 5XL and virtually every size in between for men and ladies, as well as their full line of amazing drysuit undergarments, heated drysuit underwear like the DUI BLUEHEAT and More!

Extend your dive season to 12 months of the year.  Increase the number of dives you can do in a day due to greater heat retention.  Increase the duration you can spend underwater when you’re dry and warm.  Dive Dry.

September 26/27, 2015 

Cost only $15.00US plus food and lodging or take your PADI Drysuit Specialty Course at a special discount of only $160 CDN including the admission to the event.

Curacao Dive Trip November 2015

Enjoy the warmth, the colours and the excitement of the beautiful island of Curacao with DDS, as we invade and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Curacao2015.ticoNon-stop flight from Toronto to Curacao (includes transfers to and from hotel) means that good diving is only a few hours away.

5 days of 2 tank boat dives on wrecks and reefs and unlimited shore diving await you.

Rooms are double occupancy staying at Lion’s Dive, which is right next door to Ocean Encounters, our hosting dive shop. 2 bedroom suites or apartments are also available at an upgraded price.

Sign up before July 15th and get a $50.00 DDS Gift Card to be used towards your next purchase!

Non Divers welcome cost is only $1595 +$120 tax

Diver Rate (includes 5 days of boat dives and unlimited shore diving) only $2195 +$120 tax.

Breakfast is included daily

For questions and booking, please contact our travel partner:
Fly and Sea Dive Adventures
8528 123 St.
Surrey, BC
1-888-995-3483
diving@flyandsea.com

Florida Springs Trip 2016

Sidemount Cave Dive in Twin Cave, Marianna, Florida
Sidemount Cave Dive in Twin Cave, Marianna, Florida

Join us in Florida’s gorgeous freshwater springs for the most challenging but rewarding training opportunity of your diving career. Step up your diving by taking the right courses, learning the right skills and techniques and take your diving to the highest level possible. You won’t regret it.

This is ideal for recreational divers who are looking for more experiences and who want to finesse their diving skills. During our hallmark Florida trip we offer one of our best foundation courses – Intro to Tech. This course will give you more control in the water. Coupled with our Cavern and DPV courses, you’ll have an action-packed week. 

For those who are seeking continuing education in the overhead environment we offer Cave 1 and Cave 2 classes. You’ll experience what so many divers from all over the world travel to Florida for – the rugged beauty of the caves.

Local Diving Opportunities and Events

Wednesday Night Dives

Diving is social, the dive community is fun and diving is fun!  Don’t forget that every Wednesday from mid May through until November/December we offer Wednesday evening dives throughout the local Niagara area.

This is a great opportunity practice new skills and learn some new techniques on a weekly basis as you dive and improve yourselves underwater with DDS Staff members.

Drift Diving, Night Diving, Canal or Quarry Diving, and maybe even the odd wreck dive await you.

Remember every dive you do this year LOG YOUR DIVES.  Once you get to season dive number 50 you’re eligible for FREE AIR for the rest of the year.  Rules are simple tanks must be current with DDS VIP and Hydro.

Tiller Wreck Charters

Join us for regular dive charters to the majestic Tiller Shipwreck off of Port Dalhousie in Lake Ontario
Join us for regular dive charters to the majestic Tiller Shipwreck off of Port Dalhousie in Lake Ontario. Photo by Stu Seldon.

We’ll be hosting a series of dives to our amazing Lake Ontario Tiller Wreck this summer.  Enjoy this pristine pre-1850’s wooden schooner as much as we do with great visibility as you gain new experiences diving bigger, better, deeper sites like this one.

Join us June 14th, 2015 for a fun day on the Tiller.  Cost is only $75/person.


Lake Erie Dive Charters

Wreck Diving in Lake Erie is awesome! Join us this summer for something different

May and June we’ll have some Lake Erie charters, as well as a big charter July 1st for Canada Day Weekend.

We have dive charters available departing from Port Colborne, Long Point and out of Barcelona, NY.

Costs vary based on distance and depth range. 

 


Weekend Shore Dives

Every weekend this season we’ll have dives going out with DDS Staff, so the excuse “I don’t have a dive buddy” or “I don’t have anyone to dive with” won’t wash with us.  If you want to dive as bad as you say, we’re listening to you and willing to take you out, make the commitment and let’s go diving! 

Log Your Dives

Remember every dive you do this year log it.  Once you get to season dive number 50 you’re eligible for FREE AIR for the rest of the year.  Rules are simple tanks must be current with DDS VIP and Hydro (or a new tank purchased from DDS).

Tech Talk Tuesdays with Matt Mandziuk & Guests

techtalkEach year we run a number of informative information nights discussing whatever topics people seem to be interested in. 

There are a range of topics in the can including “Rebreathers 101”, “What Is Technical About Tech Diving?”, Sidemount Diving, Dive DRY, Underwater Photography, Decompression Theory – What’s Actually Happening in Your Body and many more topics throughout the year.  Stay Tuned as we publish the upcoming schedule to Tuesday Night Tech Talks.

Use The Hashtag #ddsdivers #dansdiveshop

Show your support and love for DDS when you engage your friends on social media.  Use the hastags: #dansdiveshop or #ddsdivers and get a change to be a featured DDS Diver on Facebook, or win cool prizes randomly drawn.

What’s the purpose of a hashtag?  

Hashtags categorize a relevant picture or post with the use of the # and corresponding keyword or keywords.  Those words show up in searches for that subject on Twitter, Instagram or other social media sites. 

Next time you’re on a site like Twittter or Instagram, type in #ddsdivers or #dansdiveshop and see what comes up.  Make those tags part of your social media ritual when posting dive pics of you and your friends.

Don’t miss out on any of our dive trips and events!

Contact us today via Facebook, email or give us a call at the store to join us for some fun dive trips and interesting dive events!

Don’t forget to join our email list if you haven’t already.  Scroll down to the bottom of this or any other page and fill out the form and get the latest updates, information, specials, sales and more.

 

 

 

Do Backplates Tip You Face Down on the Surface?

Backplates Tip You Face Down on the Surface?
by
Matthew Mandziuk

There is a common misconception in the world of scuba diving that backplates  and wings can push a diver facedown on the surface.  Those people are wrong.

In this blog we will outline with video evidence how a properly setup and weighted backplate does not push you facedown, but in actuality can be the most comfortable, efficient, most streamlined and safest buoyancy system available.

Misconceptions

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Backplates keep things simple and streamlined above and below the water.

The false mindset that backplates tip you forward on the surface  has ultimately come from divers who were using an improperly balanced back floatation bc with a horseshoe wing shaped bladder that was wider/thicker on the bottom of the wing and narrower/thinner in shape closer to the top. Other causes could be that there are high capacity integrated weight pockets located horizontally across the waist area of the bcd causing the force of gravity to shift.  This is why we opt for a vertical pocket that sits back towards the hip area. Or they just plain have never tried it.

A back floatation bcd with an improperly shaped wing design as described above coupled with front loading weight pockets that put the weight pocket closer to the front of the body laying the pockets from the middle of the body to front of the body rather than how they should be oriented, which is from the back of the hip moving from the middle of the body to the back of the body towards the backplate can create a very troublesome scenario with respect to body orientation and tipping.  As a matter of fact, some jacket bcd’s will even push you facedown.

Halcyon Active Control Ballast positions weight from the hips backwards towards the plate, which helps sit the diver vertical on the surface
Halcyon Active Control Ballast positions weight from the hips back towards the plate, which helps sit the diver vertically on the surface

A backplate doesn’t generally have this problem because it is a more balanced rig offering a wing that generally allows for even air distribution around the bladder like a circle or a doughnut that allows the air to move unrestricted and doesn’t trap air. Some units even offer a weighted single tank adapter with up to 6lbs/2.2kg of lead placed inside the STA with little to no weight needed with even the thickest wetsuit in salt water.

Divers may experience a tipping sensation on the surface from any bcd due to the action of over inflating the wing or a jacket bcd, however on a backplate and wing style system like a Halcyon Infinity MC System you don’t generally have this issue as shown in the video below.

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There's nothing more freeing than enjoying your backplate on a DDS dive trip to Mexico
There’s nothing more freeing than enjoying your backplate on a DDS dive trip to Mexico

Ideally You’ll want to get to a point where you aren’t wearing much/any weight with a wetsuit and have a balanced enough setup that you can simply just swim your gear up without having to kick hard to get there.  The more weight you have on the surface, could pull you facedown if the weight pockets are in the front of your harness and the wing is overinflated.

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Your Backplate can grow with you from singles to doubles, wet to drysuit, recreational or technical and rebreather diving. 1 bcd for everything.

If you’re using a drysuit you may need a little more weight, but a steel tank is also a suitable option or a set of doubles.  They balance you out even better and for diving locally offer redundancy in the event of a regulator failure.

How do you tell you’re overweighted?  Go up to 10 feet/3 meters with a 1000psi in your tank and see how much air is in your wing.  If you reach back and can feel a substantial amount air try venting the air out while laying horizontally and lifting your rear up, orienting your head slightly downwards to get the air to the highest point and use the back dump to vent the gas.  If you start going down quickly you’re overweighted, but this is another conversation to discuss in another blog post.  You should basically have no air in the wing and be able to hold a stop at 1000psi in an aluminum 80 at 10-15′.

To This
Hovering horizontally motionless underwater enjoying total diving freedom. No bulk, No clutter, No discomfort

The Unsung Hero

Backplates are the most streamlined, balanced, and versatile diving system for recreational divers, cave divers, technical divers and rebreather divers, offering you ONE uniformed diving system that grows with you throughout your diving career, making it the best option for a new scuba diver who doesn’t know where their diving will take them because they won’t outgrow their unit.  It can be dived with any exposure or tank configuration, in any environment, while offering the most streamlined swimming profile and neat and tidy equipment configuration when rigged properly for modern and progressive scuba diving activities.

Backplates allow for better buoyancy distribution and promote body position
Backplates allow for better buoyancy distribution and promote body position

A backplate can allow you to minimize bulk and clutter if you keep the harness clean, also streamlining your body if you are utilizing proper trim and posture, which should allow for you as a  scuba diver to maintain horizontal orientation in the water when swimming and when just sitting there hovering horizontally, even on ascent and descent, rather than being pushed or pulled vertical, which is the position a jacket or a bcd with the weights in the front of the harness generally do by pulling your body knees and fins down towards the bottom.

Backplates allow for motionless hovering keeping the diver within 10% midline of horizontal underwater but allowing you to lay perfectly flat and comfortable with head out of the water on the surface.

Simple and Streamlined

Backplates are more robust than a more traditional bcd, which are often ladened with excessive fabric, padding, straps, d-rings and breakable plastic buckles, whereas a Backplate simply has 1 release buckle if rigged properly, which is located just off to the right side of the waist and is right handed release like a weight belt buckle uses.  

Backplates and Wings are available in all different shapes and sizes including regular, short and even tall plate lengths
Backplates and Wings are available in all different shapes and sizes including regular, short and even tall plate lengths

Clips and Buckles on a jacket bcd can increase task loading and may prolong rescuer response in comparison to a  backplate, as you’ve got a minimum at least 3-4 clips and a cummerbund to free the diver from their gear in a jacket compared to a simple right hand release buckle on the waist followed by pushing the harness free of the divers body.

Since more clips create a delay in freeing the diver in an emergency divers may want to avoid a jacket style bcd with fancy clips, gadgets and clutter in favour of diving more simple and streamlined.

Some backplates offer adjustable cinch harnesses to allow for easier donning and doffing, while not compromising the structural integrity of the harness with breakable plastic clips. To operate the cinch you simply pull the waist straps to tighten shoulders or lift the shoulders up to loosen the harness. There is no sternum strap to compress your chest and inhibit breathing, so you aren’t starved for air on the surface, the backplate thanks to a crotch strap and a proper fit prevents the bcd from riding up on the surface, and there is no chance that the backplate can crush your stomach and ribs like a jacket bcd with a wraparound aircell can when fully inflated.

Progressive Dive Training

Many of our divers are mindblown when they begin their journey into scuba diving and they see the poor job that the vast majority of dive stores and instructors are doing with scuba diving certifications.

Training with a more progressive dive store is a great way to get solid diver training, however, they are few and far between.  

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Good Trim, Knees Up, Fins away from the reef. This is a great example of Progressive Diving.

At the time of this article Dan’s Dive Shop is the first and only dive store in Canada to be offering entry level training in a backplate system and a long hose/short hose regulator configuration at the Open Water Diver level.

Buoyancy and Trim and the most important skills a diver will learn and as such, those skills, along with air sharing, proper horizontal ascents and horizontal descents are things that need to be perfected.

Perfect Example of what not to do.
Perfect Example of what not to do.

Progressive Diving means to have the right skills, abilities, diver and team awareness, safe diving practices and understanding that they need to maintain their skills through practice and repetition on a regular basis.

In some circles this philosophy is known as Hogarthian, DIR, Doing it Right, NTEC and more. In all cases these methods have made diving safer, better and more enjoyable.

Buy it Once

If someone told you you could have 1 BCD to take you from singles to doubles, wet to dry, down south dives and on warm reefs and walls to the most beautiful cold water shipwrecks, cold water reef and walls or ice diving, would you listen?

Take a look on Kijiji or any of those used gear websites and you’ll see something that often states Jacket Bcd used only 6 times or 12 times.  When you talk to the owners a lot of the time you find out they upgraded to a backplate, or they bought a drysuit or a 7mm wetsuit and their original jacket doesn’t fit.

Not only is a backplate the most stable diving system, but it is also built to be the first and last bcd you ever need.  

The Proof is in the Pudding

If you have been told that backplates tip you face down please take the time to share this video with the source of this misinformation.  Not all back flotation bcd’s are innocent, some will push you facedown, but a properly shaped wing and proper weight distribution and pocket design will not.

New Dan’s Dive Shop Website Launched!

Well here we are, 2014!  40 years of Dan’s Dive Shop adventures in scuba diving equipment and education!

amobile-laptop-tabletWe couldn’t think of a better way to finish off the last quarter of the dive season than by reworking our website to make a more user friendly interface that is easier reading, more friendly for scrolling, totally responsive for mobile and tablet applications, while also increasing the efficiency of our online store, newsletter signups, social media plug-in’s and of course making something fresh, clean and new!

The old site was great and still stands up above the many great dive store websites out there, but us being the innovators and leaders in the industry that we are, we decided it was time to up our game yet again.

A website for us should be a reflection of the dive store and we’re making some major changes at Dan’s each week. We’re making many visually pleasing improvements internally as the store undergoes some minor renovations. We’re getting prepped for some major overhauls over the fall and winter months.

It’s nice having such a great customer base to share in the fun and excitement with as well, so please feel free to give us any feedback you have with the changes, with our staff and instructors and just anything at all dive trip, store, gear or course related, we alway love hearing form our divers.

Some key features about the website you should know and use:

Social Media Links: 

We’re going social! Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And help us find you by showing us your best dive pics with the hashtag #dansdiveshop.

Get Diving Directions:

We now have maps to all the dive sites we visit on Wednesday dives, as well as many of our favourite local dive sites. Check out our dive sites page where we have Google map links to show you how to get to them, instead of having to call the store and ask for directions, with 1 click your dive direction problems are solved! 

Interactive Calendar: 

You can integrate our courses and events section into your Google + account, Apple Calendar, Outlook, Timely Calendar, just scroll down the calendar page and hit the subscribe button.

Blog:

If you found this blog, you’ll notice we have a more professional blog site that is dedicated to you and easily updated, archived and searchable for keywords or topics. Check back frequently as we add in more content regularly on all of our diving knowledge and experiences.

Enhanced Mobile and Tablet Applications

You’ll notice that our site has a responsive screen for mobile and tablets to make viewing on small screens as pleasurable and as easy to expand and reduce as possible.  This was one of our favourite features.

Improved Shopping Experience

We have always wanted a shopping cart e-commerce site that was easy to use both at the customer and admin level and we think with the new store you’ll find answers to your questions.  We have a new fully integrated shopping cart that lists stock availability (which isn’t interfaced with our actual POS store inventory, but should be closer to giving you real stock status), specials, a couple of different shipping providers, easier reviews to write and the ability to share products with the world of social media. Start shopping! 

eLearning

We have integrated more of our PADI eLearn links throughout the site to make signing up for your next PADI scuba diving course easier than ever. 

Photos and Video Galleries

Something that everyone loves is looking through photos and watching our videos, so we’re going to make every attempt for you to keep these areas fresh and up to date.

Thanks for growing with us and we hope you enjoy the new site experience.

Yours in diving,
Team DDS.

Shop for Gear

 Dan’s offers the countries largest selection, inventory and guaranteed lowest prices on all scuba and snorkeling related equipment from all the best brands in our fully stocked 6000 square foot professional dive shop.

We offer financing on Larger purchases of $1000 or more.  Finance that new Drysuit, Rebreather, DPV, Dive Computer or a Full Scuba Package today.  CLICK HERE

Save Money and Bundle your Purchase of Regulator, BCD and Dive Computer please call us Toll Free: 1-800-268-3267 For the Lowest Prices.

PADI Scuba Courses – Learn to Scuba Dive

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

Jan
19
Sat
2019
PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course January 2019 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm
PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course January 2019 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Diving Course January 2019

Get your PADI Open Water Certification with DDS! Our Award Winning 5 PADI Star Scuba Diving program will be running Saturday January 19-20, 2019. This will cover all your class and pool training sessions.  Open Water Certification Dives will be held away on a trip with us or in the spring of 2019.  Referrals are also available for those traveling away south, please speak to us before you book anything away.

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. 

Prerequisites?

Minimum age of 12yrs old.  Must be able to swim 200 meters non-stop or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel. Tread water 10 mins.

How can you enroll?

You 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 your PADI Weekend Scuba Diving Course (classroom and pool sessions), students will need to complete an Open Water Diving component to complete the Open Water Diver Certification, which is 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 available: Finance 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.

Jan
23
Wed
2019
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights @ Brock University
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – Feb 27 @ 10:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights @ Brock University | Thorold | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights Brock University January 2019

Get ready for the Winter Dive Season with your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University and enjoy the fun with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School.  The course runs every Wednesday Night starting January 23rd, 2019 from 6:30-10pm over 6 weeks with your Open Water Certification Checkout Dives to follow either away with us on a trip, a referral away South or in the spring when our season resumes.

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 and spend your life exploring local and exotic locations.  Dive Ontario and the rest of this amazing world underwater as a DDS Diver.  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.

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?

Complete the academic portions of the PADI Open Water Diver Course and videos at your own pace with eLearning followed by 6 new classroom sessions with your Instructor who will introduce many revolutionary diving concepts not taught in more traditional dive training for 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 available: Finance your PADI Open Water Scuba Diving 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.

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
10
Sun
2019
Florida Springs Trip 2019 @ Luraville
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 10:30 am

Florida Springs Trip 2019

Florida Springs Trip 2019 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

Apr
3
Wed
2019
PADI Divemaster Course 2019 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 10:00 pm
PADI Divemaster Course 2019 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Divemaster Course 2019

Our PADI Divemaster Course is the first leadership level course in a series of Professional level scuba diving courses within the PADI System of diver education.

Divers will learn advanced dive theory including physics, physiology, decompression theory, dive tables, standards and procedures and more, as well as how to perform dive skills demonstration quality and how to supervise student divers and certified divers.

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certified (CPR & First Aid) within the last 24 months
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Logged at least 50 dives 

Training Agency:

PADI

Dates:

April 2019 for class and pool. Open water and Practical Applications to follow upon successful completion of all pool and academic sessions. Please contact us for a complete schedule of dates and times.

Additional Details:

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is your first step onto the professional diving world’s sidewalk. It is very hands on and covers a wide range of responsibilities and rewards. As a career (or even part time career), divemasters are an essential part of Dan’s Dive shop and are often relied upon by other divers and students. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. You’ll work closely with our instructors and be a role model to students, new divers and customers with the experience in the full spectrum of what recreational diving has to offer.

Some of the skills you’ll develop in your divemaster course and role will involve:

  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Candidates will also learn about Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Equipment, Supervision techniques, the aquatic realm, and much more.

How do you get started?

If you’ve got the drive, proper mindset and discipline to succeed in a course of this magnitude, we’d be happy to have you. If you want to go the professional route –contact us at the shop today to see how to get started as a DDS Divemaster and the schedule for this exciting course.

Need a more flexible learning option but want to get started immediately? Sign up today for eLearning and you’ll be able to start learning immediately.With our eLearning option, you can complete the academic portions of the course online via the PADI eLearning process. Follow up with the shop to plan out the remainder of your course requirements.

What gear will you need?

Your personal recreational dive equipment, PADI Divemaster Crewkpak, SMB, Spool, Waterproof Notebook, extra weights, save a dive kit.

Costs

$500.00 + HST for class/pool sessions or $650 + HST for PADI eLearning.  Additional Costs: parking, dive admission fees, boat charters (if applicable), PADI Divemaster Crewpak, any additional equipment rentals or specialized gear.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • PADI Instructor
  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Decompression Diver
  • PADI Self Reliant Diver
  • Technical Divemaster
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor

 

 

Want Some New Challenges?

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Transition into technical or cave diving courses for new and rewarding challenges in your diving

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 from rudimentary elements of diving courses like Intro to Tech,  Decompression Procedures, Helitrox, Trimix, Cavern and Cave Diving courses, Wreck External Survey, Wreck Penetration, Ice Diving, Technical Wreck Penetration, Rebreather Courses, Deep Diving, Technical DPV Courses, and many more, we keep the adventure of scuba diving thriving.

We also offer a full range of Recreational Diving Specialty Courses, Professional Level Leadership Courses as well as First Aid, CPR Courses and Oxygen Provider Courses.

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.

Our Services

Our Services: Scuba Diving Services Available through Dan’s

What We Can Do For You

Finding out what Scuba Diving Services a dive store can offer their customers is very important as you progress in diving many divers can outgrow their original store, but at Dan’s Dive Shop we are able to offer the country’s largest range of scuba diving equipment repairs from bcd’s, regulators, drysuit repair and maintenance, Transport Canada approved Hydrostatic Testing, scuba dive training, scuba equipment sales, a fully stocked scuba diving showroom or online store with the largest inventory of scuba, snorkeling equipment, metal detectors and swimwear, survival suits and more.

We are a Full Service Padi 5 Star Dive Training Facility (Canada’s First, Canada’s OLDEST PADI Facility #23) and are an affiliated with an SDI/TDI Technical Diving Facility, (Canada’s First) NAUI Tech Training Facility,

Dan’s offers a tested and approved compressed Air Fill Station offering modified Grade E Breathing Air and the most experienced and accurate gas blenders of Nitrox, Trimix,  and Argon in the country.

Scuba Diving Equipment Rentals

project halcyonWe are proud to offer higher learning at all levels of recreational and technical scuba diving, but part of that exceptional learning stems from the implementation of state of the art scuba equipment rentals, which is yet another thing that sets us above the competition, we have the best gear you can buy in our rental fleet, rather than cheaper, lower performance equipment found elsewhere.

Traditional gear is also available for the traditional scuba diver who wants to rent a jacket bcd and short hose regulators, however, we recommend trying a backplate system to compare how much more streamlined you and the system are in the water and how much better your trim and buoyancy can be.

Project Halcyon Diving

As one of North America’s Top Stocking Halcyon Dealers we’ve chosen to offer single tank Infinity or Eclipse MC Systems, Double Tank Explorer and Evolve Systems, Halcyon Contour Sidemount bcd’s, Divers Alert Markers, Defender Spools, Pathfinder reels and more in our rental fleet and regularly host workshops and demo days in Halcyon Gear.  Join us for a Project Halcyon Diving Demo Today or as part of a Higher Education Training Course today.

Rental Gear Packages:

Scuba Equipment Rental Package: includes a full tank of air, 7mm wetsuit, regulator, bcd, hood, gloves, weights, dive bag.

Progressive Scuba Diving Equipment Rental Package: includes backplate, long hose DIN regulator system, wrist computer or digital bottom timer, tank of air, 7mm wetsuit, hood, gloves, weights, dive bag.

We use only the highest quality and performance rental equipment.  

We pride ourselves on featuring the most modern and progressive scuba equipment available from Halcyon Mfg., Diving Unlimited International, Atomic Aquatics, Dive Rite, Shearwater Research, Fourth Element, Mares Diving, White Arrow, BARE, Santi Diving, Scubapro, Hollis, xDeep, Light & Motion, TUSA, Light Monkey, Zeagle, Stalhsac, Suunto, Problue, Henderson, NeoSport, O’Neill, Pinnacle Aquatics, Oceanic and more.

DDS is DUI’s Canadian Premier Dealer

dui premier dealerOnly Dan’s Dive Shop offers brand new divers or experienced divers the opportunity to scuba dive in the worlds best drysuits…..DUI Drysuits.

We have a full range of most Mens and Ladies standard sized drysuits and underwear, drysuit socks, drysuit fins and more!

Complete your PADI Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Course in a DUI Drysuit, or sign up for a PADI Drysuit Specialty course with us today.  Immerse yourself in comfort and warmth, sign up today.

Progressive Gear Rental with computer: 1-Day $55.  2-Day $75.00 Drysuit rentals $50/day $75/weekend.

Traditional Scuba Equipment Rental:  Jacket bcd/short hose regs (no computer) are available for rent from $45 1-day, $65.00 2-day rental.

We have Underwater Cameras for rent, and SUEX DPV’s for certified technical DPV divers from $50/day and up.

For Technical Divers and our Tech Students we do offer steel and aluminum doubles, stage/deco bottles, sidemount tanks and harnesses, drysuits, rebreathers and supplies.

Compressed Air Fills:

Modified Grade E Breathing Air Fills are offered for scuba diving at only $6.00 & up for DDS VIP member price. $8.00 & Up for non-VIP members.

 We offer SCBA fills, High Pressure air fills for air rifles or paintball tanks and more.

We participate in quarterly air tests to meet all current air purity testing requirements.

“FREE Air Fill” Program

We take pride in helping shape our customers diving careers and nothing gives us a greater sense of accomplishment than seeing our divers aspire to be the best they can be in the water and above the water, so we encourage our clients to dive as often as they can.

We are pleased to offer our most active divers “Free Air” which is another DDS exclusive.
 
Once our DDS Divers reach their annual local diving total of 50 logged dives, we will comp their air fills for the rest of the current dive season.   
 
Must be a cylinder with a current DDS hydro (or purchased from DDS within the last 4 years) and visual inspection sticker. Nitrox divers are also eligible and would only pay for the oxygen or helium, or use of the booster if trans-filling gas.

Gas Blending: Nitrox, Trimix, Argon Fills 

Nitrox, Trimix, Argon Gas fills, Dan's Dive Shop
Gas Blending Air, Nitrox, Trimix, Argon

Oxygen, Trimix, Argon readily available by the cubic foot for mix by Experienced, Certified, Qualified NAUI/PADI/TDI Gas Blenders. Nitrox Fills from $12.00.

Oxygen $0.65/ft3
Argon $0.80/ft3
Helium $1.35/ft3

Hydrostatic Testing:

We are a Transport Canada TC approved Hydrostatic Test Facility offering both SCUBA Tank & SCBA Tank Hydrostatic testing for the Niagara Region and surrounding areas. ($50 and up with VIP and Air Fill). We can handle scuba tanks, paintball tanks, industrial k or t-bottles.

Visual Inspection:

Visuals are done by the Industry’s Leading Inspectors PSI Certified and Trained VIP Inspectors. Tank Visuals From $16.95 includes air fill & new tank neck o-ring. Certified Visual Plus/Visual Eddy – Electronic Eddy Current inspections are done by Factory trained and certified cylinder inspectors on Staff.

Niagara’s Highest Quality Oriented Scuba and SCBA Repairs:

Our regulator repair and BCD repairs are simply the most thorough, professional, honest and complete SCUBA and SCBA repair services offered in the country from the most knowledgeable and experienced service technicians.

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Expert Regulator Repairs

We are not a regulator rebuilder. We are highly experienced Service Technicians who have the proper training, experience, manufacturer sanctioned tools, and the repeat traffic into our store to stay proficient at working on your life support breathing apparatus.

We see many of the same regulators year in and year out and never compromise our level of quality in scuba equipment service by using the strictest due diligence.

We only charge for the work we do and we are happy to work on regulators and BCD’s from all brands. After over 60 years collectively between Matt and Dan we have seen it and serviced it all, including Atomic Aquatics, Scubapro, Halcyon, Mares, Diverite, Poseidon, Zeagle, HOG, Oceanic, Aeris, Hollis, Edge, Beuchat, Sherwood, Genesis, Apeks, Aqualung, US Divers, Dacor and more.

Isolation Manifold repair for doubles
Manifold rebuild for doubles

We give you your old parts back to show you we changed the parts we billed you for, so you never get billed for work without us showing you what was done.

Recreational, cave, technical divers have trusted our regulator service work for over 40 years, which is amazing in this ever changing industry where fly-by-night companies come and go on a regular basis. Have peace of mind in knowing Dan’s Dive Shop will be here to service your scuba diving equipment for many years to come.

Shipping Your Gear to Us

Divers ship regulators in from all over Canada and seek out our expertise. There simply is no one more experienced to whom to send your regulators, so you might as well ship them to us.  We service every major brand of regulator and do the best work in the business. 

Oxygen Cleaning

Oxygen cleaning of tanks, regulators, manifolds, Oxygen clean systems, rebreathers and all scuba related items are something we do quite a lot of to ensure you get the cleanest, safest equipment possible.

Drysuit Repairs

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Quality Drysuit Repairs

We do Quality Drysuit Repairs to all makes and models of drysuit.  Our store staff are DUI factory trained and authorized drysuit repair technicians, or we can send your suit in handling all of the issues with freight, duty and brokerage ourselves, saving you time and money.

Suits can/will be sent out to the appropriate manufacture for factory authorized service to maintain your suit warranty.

Only DDS offers a FREE Loaner DUI drysuit for our DUI Owners who have purchased their DUI Drysuits from us as a courtesy.  We offer the same courtesy on Santi Drysuits as well.

We even have multiple change rooms for comfort, privacy and convenience of trying on our high quality exposure suits, swim wear and more.

 

History

A Brief History of Dan’s Dive Shop

The Early Years

Dan’s Dive Shop was established in 1974 by Dan Mandziuk. The store was originally located at 48 Lakeport Road in Pt. Dalhousie and was a landmark for over 20 years. We are currently located at 329 Welland Ave., in St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

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Dan’s original Port Dalhousie location 48 Lakeport Rd.

Dan’s was born when Dan decided to share with the world his love of diving. In 1971, Dan began following his dream and became an ACUC Scuba Instructor. Not long after Dan began teaching, he opened up a store front and signed on with a small organization in the mid-1970’s called PADI. Dan had a feeling that they would become a major player in the industry but had no idea that they would become the Worlds Largest International Dive Training Agency. Our store was the 23rd store Internationally to sign on with PADI. Since then we have become a household name synonymous with Excellence in Diver Education receiving numerous prestigious awards for our instruction over the last 35+ years.

Dan believed in stocking the gear you would be purchasing. There wasn't any internet shopping back then!
Dan believed in stocking the gear you would be purchasing. There wasn’t any internet shopping back then!

Dan has always believed in stocking a large amount of equipment so you can try it on and make a decision by physically touching, feeling and wearing the equipment you’re about to spend you hard earned money on. Looking at pictures doesn’t tell you how a product will fit. Our expert staff, exceptional selection and most competitive prices will ensure you get the best gear for the best value.

Continuing to lead the way

In 1997 Matt Mandziuk (Dan’s son) came into the picture as a new fixture in the store bringing in new life, new ideas and new techniques to the recreational and technical diving community.

Dan’s commitment to the industry is very dedicated and a full time offering. We have worked hard in this industry. Over 20 dive stores have come and gone in this area. We have grown up into one of North America’s Largest Dive Stores by rating in the Top 20 with many of our suppliers.

Dan’s has lead the way as the trend-setter paving the road scuba diving throughout Ontario, Canada and North America bringing to diving some of the most progressive, modern recreational, technical diving and equipment concepts of diver education available in Recreational Diving, Wreck Diving, Deep Diving, Ice Diving, Technical Diving, Cave Diving and use of semi-closed and fully closed circuit rebreathers.  Regardless of your diving experience we are the right choice in diver education and equipment.

Dan’s goal has always been to maintain our high level of service, our large selection of equipment, our vast knowledge of diving and keep you smiling and actively diving through local trips, weekly dives, charters and trips around the globe.

The evolution of Dan’s

Dan’s has recently been purchased by Matt Mandziuk who will have a big set of shoes to fill as Dan backs out slowly into semi-retirement and ultimately retirement. We look forward to many new and exciting changes with Matt at the helm. While most things will remain the same there have already been some incredible changes within the brand like in-store financing, store updates and renos as well some great new dive trips.  Our goal as a shop is to keep expanding, growing and improving at every turn.

Matt Mandziuk after a fun trimix dive in Tobermory. His favourite colour is red.

Matt’s vision for the Dan’s brand has also expanded into the creation of Divers Edge – our technical dive training arm. With a solid and proven foundation of recreational diving, the Divers Edge brand aims to further technical diving and exploration with some exciting new projects and trips specific to technical divers.

2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of Dan’s Dive Shop. To hit the Forty year mark in any business is a huge achievement – let alone the dive business – is no easy task. We couldn’t have done it without you – our customers and students. It’s been a great ride full of learning, improvement, more learning and lots of bubbles!

Thank you for your continued support of the DDS brand and we look forward to adding more to our history!

See you in the water,

The DDS family.

Scuba Diving Courses

Scuba Diving Courses

Dan’s Dive Shop has shared the thrill and adventure of Scuba Diving through Progressive Scuba Diving Training Courses, Trips, Local Events and more throughout Niagara, Southern Ontario and surrounding areas for over forty years.  

Dan’s is the countries leading innovator of diver education.  We have set the trend and have lead the dive industry towards better diving skills and techniques that allow for 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.

Dive Different

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.

Dive Better

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.

Dive Right

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. 

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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!