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Diving a Backplate is the Best Option for New Recreational Divers – They Don’t Tip You Facedown

Diving a Backplate is the Best Option for New Recreational Divers – They Don’t Tip You Facedown
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. Diving a Backplate is the Best Option for New Recreational Divers and unlike the majority of brands with front loaded weight pockets, most recreational jackets with back buoyancy WILL tip you face forward, a backplate will not.

In this blog we will outline with real life experience and even some fun video evidence how a properly setup and weighted backplate does not push you facedown, but in actuality it is the most comfortable, efficient,  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.

Explore shipwrecks with the right gear and comfort
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.

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

Jan
4
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020

Make your Christmas Break awesome and learn to scuba dive this winter. Explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course January 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

First you complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearning at home. 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. Students will complete additional classroom and all Pool Training sessions on Saturday January 4 & Sunday January 5th and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on the weekend of June 13 & 14, 2020.

Saturday January 4, 9am-9pm

Sunday January 5, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Jan
7
Tue
2020
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 9 @ 10:00 pm

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course Midweek 

New Years Resolution?  Nitrox. Join us as we kick it old-school with a more informative and fun live midweek PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 6:00-10pm at DDS with Cave & Technical Diving Explorer Matt Mandziuk

What will you learn?

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

Enriched Air Nitrox is the most interesting academic diving course with a greater understanding of what’s happening to your body:  decompression theory, gas laws, physiology, dive planning, managing oxygen exposure and so much more.  

Nitrox is a great course for divers who want to learn more about dive science and benefit from a more efficient breathing medium that allows more bottom time, allowing divers to see more, dive more and do more dives per day with shorter surface intervals.

Prerequisites:

Minimum age is 12 years, however,  we feel 15 years of age is more suited to the scope of the academics, unless doing a simplified computer based nitrox course.

Take this course as part of your Open Water course or your Advanced Open Water Course.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Nitrox is the most popular dive specialty available now on the market.  Divers looking to advanced their diving to a more skill and theory oriented style of diving can use Nitrox as a stepping stone towards deeper, more advanced, technical, cave diving applications, as well as rebreather diving.

Diving Nitrox Allows Divers to:

  • Do more dives per day
  • Reduce Nitrogen Uptake  by reducing the risk of Decompression Illness.  By giving your body much needed oxygen to supply tissue/oxygen demands if diving nitrox as air, you on-gass less N2 and increase safety reducing the risk of DCS by up to 46%.
  • More Bottom Time increasing NO Stop dive limits. * For Example Diving an EAN40 (40% Oxygen/60% Nitrogen) gives a diver 240 min’s of No Decompression time at 60fsw vs. 60ft for 55min’s on regular air diving tables.
  • Reduce Post Dive Fatigue.  No more feeling burned out after air dives. Nitrox will make you feel better and more awake after dives.

At Dan’s we teach the Highest Quality Nitrox Course around.  No one has as much experience in the field of mixed gas and technical diving than Dan’s, so learn from the best.

Our facility has been the top nitrox and technical dive training facility since the 1990’s.  If you want the most thorough Nitrox training course, ours is the one you’ll want.  

Cost: $199.95 includes book and certification card or eLearning code. call store for more specifics.

Where can I go from here?

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

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Underwater Photography
  • NTEC or Intro to Tech
  • Cavern Diver
Jan
12
Sun
2020
PADI Equipment Specialist Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

PADI Equipment Specialist Course

PADI Equipment Specialist Course offers you a look into the world of dive gear maintenance, field repairs and prevention.  Have you ever looked at your dive gear and wished you knew how it all worked? You can learn about all the gear you dive with in this care and maintenance course.

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, a wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you how to minimize issues and safely and efficiently manage basic repairs and adjustments to your gear.  You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. We will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

While this courses is not a “repair” course we do show you how to deal with minor repairs to wings, bcd’s, regulators, tanks and more.  

Depending on the level of aptitude of the students, we can delve as much or as little into certain subjects, so get involved, ask questions and learn more about your gear today.

Know your gear better and earn this fun and enjoyable certification.

These courses will help you gain more skill and academic proficiency:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty
  • Deep Diver
  • Intro to Tech
  • O2 Service Technician
  • PADI DSAT Gas Blender
  • Enriched Air Nitrox

How to enroll in the PADI Equipment Specialist

Visit our store or email us  to enroll in the course. Once you are enrolled we will send you your PADI Equipment Specialist eLearning  code.  We also recommend The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving to use as a reference during the course as well but it’s an additional item to purchase.

Bring your basic scuba equipment to class and if you like we can take it apart and show you a little bit more about how its made.

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Join us Sunday  January 12, 2020 9am-5pm

Jan
29
Wed
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock @ Brock University
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock @ Brock University | Thorold | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University January 2020

Start 2020 off right and learn to dive with our PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University. Enjoy the fun and adventure as you become an underwater explorer with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School.  The course runs every Wednesday Night starting January 29 – March 11, 2020 from 7:00-10pm over 6 weeks with your Open Water Certification Checkout Dives to follow in June.

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.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Class Schedule

Pool & Classroom on Wednesdays 7:00pm -10:30pm every week from January 29 – March 11 (except for February 19).

Open Water Certification Dives on June 13 & 14th, 9:00am -4:00pm both day.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Pool/ Class Only $350+HST

PADI Open Water Course Full Certification $500+HST  ALL INCLUSIVE  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.

PADI Jr Open Water Course $600+HST ALL INCLUSIVE

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: If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.

Feb
1
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020

Learn to scuba dive this winter and explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course February 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

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. Students will complete additional classroom and Pool Training sessions on February 1 & 2 and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on June 13 & 14th, 2020.

Saturday February 1st, 9am-9pm

Sunday February 2nd, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Feb
9
Sun
2020
Florida Springs Trip 2020 @ Luraville
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 10:30 am

Florida Springs Trip 2020

Florida Springs Trip 2020 Week Long Training Opportunities for divers looking to improve their foundational skills through our amazing NAUI Intro to Tech Course as well as to hone their cavern and cave skills  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 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 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!

Divers can enrol in NAUI Cave 1 after graduating NAUI Intro to Tech and Caver.

NAUI Cave 2 requires Technical Decompression certification and 20 logged cave 1 dives above and beyond certification. 

Lodging and food is only $550 US (based on a group of 6) Course package is only $650 for Intro to Tech and Cavern Diver Combination Courses.  Sign up today for the most progressive, high skills training experience of your dive career and challenge yourself today.  Cave 1 $799. Cave 2 $1200.

Non-Cavern Certified Divers may participate in Cave 1 if the NAUI Intro to Tech requirement has been met.  Add $150/per person.

Dates:

Week 1 NAUI Cave 1 February 9-15, 2019

NAUI Cave 2 February 16-22, 2019

NAUI Intro to Tech/Cavern February 23-29, 2019

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

Feb
24
Mon
2020
Emergency First Response Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Emergency First Response Course @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

Emergency First Response Course

The Emergency First Response Course focuses on Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with or without Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Add PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider conducted the same night for only $117.00+HST. PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course is regularly $140.00+HST.

Know how to respond to emergencies – just in case.  Statistics show you’re more likely to give first aid to someone you know than a stranger. When minutes count, you’ll be the person to give the necessary aid to a family member, dive buddy or co-workers, before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive.

The Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care course is an accredited CPR and First Aid program that helps divers advance their knowledge, providing the skills they need to potentially save a life.

The course builds the confidence and skills needed to provide basic emergency care. You won’t just watch a video, you’ll get hands on practice with a CPR mannequin, simulate bandaging, role play an emergency scenario and other skills. You’ll get to practice each skill until you feel comfortable.

While the material taught in this course is serious, it’s taught in a positive, upbeat environment.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the Emergency First Response Course:

  •  BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid: Illness & Injury Assessment, Bandaging, Management of fractures & dislocations, and first aid kit considerations

After you complete the program, you’ll have the skills necessary to help others should it be necessary. By inviting friends or family members to sign up with you, those you care about the most will be better prepared in case of an unexpected emergency.

The  Emergency First Response courses build lay rescuer confidence to provide care when faced with a medical emergency. Students learn and practice the same patient care techniques and principles used by medical professionals, but at a lay person level.

This course is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster.

This course is also available privately for individuals and groups. Please contact us for more details. 

Mar
14
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020

Learn to scuba dive this winter and explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course March 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

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. Students will complete additional classroom and Pool Training sessions on March 14 & 15 and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on June 13 & 14th, 2020.

Saturday March 14, 9am-9pm

Sunday March 15, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Mar
16
Mon
2020
PADI Seal Team, Kids Scuba Course @ Kiwanis Aquatic Centre
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Make this March Break awesome and join us for a Kids Seal Team Scuba Camp. Participants will learn about scuba gear and foundational scuba skills with an emphasis on team work, communication and having fun! Each participant will get a PADI Seal Team Crewpack with DVD. There will be bonus Aqua Seal Team Missions conducted as well!

March Break Camp runs 9 am – 11 am from Monday March 16 – Friday March 20th, 2020 at the Kiwanis Pool in St Catharines.

Registration opens for the course for December 4, 2019. If you would like to purchase the PADI SEAL TEAM as a Christmas present please bring in a copy of your registration to Dan’s Dive Shop and you can pick up the PADI Seal Team Crew Pack before the course starts to wrap and put under the Christmas tree for your mini scuba diver.

Pre-requisite

Minimum age 8 years

Swim Kids Level 4 or equivalent

Training Agency

PADI

How to Register

Registration opens December 6, 2019

Participants must register through the City of St. Catharines.

In-person registration is available at the following locations:

  • City Hall – 50 Church St., Second Floor, Citizens First Counter
  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre – 240 St. Paul St. W
  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre – 425 Carlton St

 

Kids Padi Scuba Diving

 

Mar
25
Wed
2020
NAUI NTEC – Progressive Skills & Gear Configuration (Singles or Doubles) @ Dan's Dive Shop
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NAUI NTEC – Progressive Skills & Gear Configuration (Singles or Doubles)

Join us Wednesday March 25, 2020 for a NAUI NTEC workshop program that outlines the benefits of diving with a more streamlined, simple, safe and comfortable equipment configuration. It is a hands on opportunity for recreational divers to rig their gear using the most modern method of diving equipment configuration.

NTECH is a great warm-up for divers looking to move towards our NAUI Intro to Tech Course

The NAUI NTEC Experience Program helps the diver increase their comfort, awareness and competence in the water through a hands on classroom portion, intensive equipment rigging session that allows the diver the opportunity to rig their equipment under the direct supervision of our NAUI Tec Instructor, followed by a Pool Session. While at the pool, you’ll learn the benefits of proper diving techniques, fin techniques, improved knowledge on trim and buoyancy, while shedding massive amounts of excess weight, bulk and drag versus a traditional equipment setup.

Our NAUI NTEC Course offers the diver the perfect introduction to more progressive diving techniques and knowledge for divers beginning their journey down a path of better diving techniques, buoyancy, trim and equipment streamlining in single or double tanks over an evening workshop.

Diving is something that is always evolving, improving and changing through new technology, training and experiences.  The concepts we implement and the way we think of posture, trim and technique gets taken to a new level of excellence as the average recreational diver has typically not been taught anything about trim, posture, streamlining themselves in water, or simplifying the equipment configuration.

NTEC introduces divers to streamlining gear for example how to clean up your existing equipment configuration, re-routing hoses that are too long or too short, as well as providing the diver with knowledge as to why this gear needs to be reconfigured or streamlined.  

With NTEC, we utilize the use of a longer primary regulator hose, which is given in an out of air emergency to the out of air diver, while retaining the alternate air source quickly and easily because its located on a necklace around your neck.  Through additional streamlining we start removing all the “danglies” off the divers equipment, thus creating a sleeker, more efficient diver profile.

Our Style of Diving

The “Traditional” equipment configuration that is commonly used in diving has become dated and obsolete and needs revision, this is where the NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration has truly become “Today’s Equipment Configuration” for divers of all skill level from Open Water to Technical, Extreme Exposure Trimix, DPV, and Cave Diver.  It really is a multi-purpose, uniformed way to dive.

Who should take this course?

This course is for Divers of ALL Skill Levels beginner to Instructor.

NAUI NTEC (NAUI TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION) is A Modern Equipment Configuration and Introductory Course for the diver who wants the benefit of utilizing today’s most modern equipment configuration.

Everyone should take this mini course and it’s a great warm-up for divers looking to move towards our NAUI Intro to Tech Course which is an Essentials of Recreational Diving Skills Rudimentary Elements of Diving Course.

Training Agency:

NAUI TEC

Additional Details:

Cost $100+HST Pool/Class Only

Date March 25, 2020

Time 4pm – 10pm

 

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.

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
4
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course January Weekend 2020

Make your Christmas Break awesome and learn to scuba dive this winter. Explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course January 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

First you complete the PADI Open Water Diver Course classroom component on eLearning at home. 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. Students will complete additional classroom and all Pool Training sessions on Saturday January 4 & Sunday January 5th and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on the weekend of June 13 & 14, 2020.

Saturday January 4, 9am-9pm

Sunday January 5, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Jan
7
Tue
2020
PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 9 @ 10:00 pm

PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course Midweek 

New Years Resolution?  Nitrox. Join us as we kick it old-school with a more informative and fun live midweek PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Course Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 6:00-10pm at DDS with Cave & Technical Diving Explorer Matt Mandziuk

What will you learn?

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

Enriched Air Nitrox is the most interesting academic diving course with a greater understanding of what’s happening to your body:  decompression theory, gas laws, physiology, dive planning, managing oxygen exposure and so much more.  

Nitrox is a great course for divers who want to learn more about dive science and benefit from a more efficient breathing medium that allows more bottom time, allowing divers to see more, dive more and do more dives per day with shorter surface intervals.

Prerequisites:

Minimum age is 12 years, however,  we feel 15 years of age is more suited to the scope of the academics, unless doing a simplified computer based nitrox course.

Take this course as part of your Open Water course or your Advanced Open Water Course.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Nitrox is the most popular dive specialty available now on the market.  Divers looking to advanced their diving to a more skill and theory oriented style of diving can use Nitrox as a stepping stone towards deeper, more advanced, technical, cave diving applications, as well as rebreather diving.

Diving Nitrox Allows Divers to:

  • Do more dives per day
  • Reduce Nitrogen Uptake  by reducing the risk of Decompression Illness.  By giving your body much needed oxygen to supply tissue/oxygen demands if diving nitrox as air, you on-gass less N2 and increase safety reducing the risk of DCS by up to 46%.
  • More Bottom Time increasing NO Stop dive limits. * For Example Diving an EAN40 (40% Oxygen/60% Nitrogen) gives a diver 240 min’s of No Decompression time at 60fsw vs. 60ft for 55min’s on regular air diving tables.
  • Reduce Post Dive Fatigue.  No more feeling burned out after air dives. Nitrox will make you feel better and more awake after dives.

At Dan’s we teach the Highest Quality Nitrox Course around.  No one has as much experience in the field of mixed gas and technical diving than Dan’s, so learn from the best.

Our facility has been the top nitrox and technical dive training facility since the 1990’s.  If you want the most thorough Nitrox training course, ours is the one you’ll want.  

Cost: $199.95 includes book and certification card or eLearning code. call store for more specifics.

Where can I go from here?

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

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • Deep Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drysuit Diver
  • Underwater Photography
  • NTEC or Intro to Tech
  • Cavern Diver
Jan
12
Sun
2020
PADI Equipment Specialist Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Jan 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

PADI Equipment Specialist Course

PADI Equipment Specialist Course offers you a look into the world of dive gear maintenance, field repairs and prevention.  Have you ever looked at your dive gear and wished you knew how it all worked? You can learn about all the gear you dive with in this care and maintenance course.

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, a wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you how to minimize issues and safely and efficiently manage basic repairs and adjustments to your gear.  You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

You’ll learn about routine care and maintenance procedures as well as scuba equipment storage recommendations. We will show you how to overcome some common equipment problems and offer equipment configuration suggestions.

While this courses is not a “repair” course we do show you how to deal with minor repairs to wings, bcd’s, regulators, tanks and more.  

Depending on the level of aptitude of the students, we can delve as much or as little into certain subjects, so get involved, ask questions and learn more about your gear today.

Know your gear better and earn this fun and enjoyable certification.

These courses will help you gain more skill and academic proficiency:

  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty
  • Deep Diver
  • Intro to Tech
  • O2 Service Technician
  • PADI DSAT Gas Blender
  • Enriched Air Nitrox

How to enroll in the PADI Equipment Specialist

Visit our store or email us  to enroll in the course. Once you are enrolled we will send you your PADI Equipment Specialist eLearning  code.  We also recommend The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving to use as a reference during the course as well but it’s an additional item to purchase.

Bring your basic scuba equipment to class and if you like we can take it apart and show you a little bit more about how its made.

If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Join us Sunday  January 12, 2020 9am-5pm

Jan
29
Wed
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock @ Brock University
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Brock @ Brock University | Thorold | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University January 2020

Start 2020 off right and learn to dive with our PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Course Weeknights at Brock University. Enjoy the fun and adventure as you become an underwater explorer with Dan’s Dive Shop, Canada’s Oldest, Most Respected Scuba Diving School.  The course runs every Wednesday Night starting January 29 – March 11, 2020 from 7:00-10pm over 6 weeks with your Open Water Certification Checkout Dives to follow in June.

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.

Training Agency:

PADI

Additional Details:

Class Schedule

Pool & Classroom on Wednesdays 7:00pm -10:30pm every week from January 29 – March 11 (except for February 19).

Open Water Certification Dives on June 13 & 14th, 9:00am -4:00pm both day.

Costs:

PADI Open Water Pool/ Class Only $350+HST

PADI Open Water Course Full Certification $500+HST  ALL INCLUSIVE  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.

PADI Jr Open Water Course $600+HST ALL INCLUSIVE

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: If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.

Feb
1
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course February Weekend 2020

Learn to scuba dive this winter and explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course February 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

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. Students will complete additional classroom and Pool Training sessions on February 1 & 2 and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on June 13 & 14th, 2020.

Saturday February 1st, 9am-9pm

Sunday February 2nd, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Feb
9
Sun
2020
Florida Springs Trip 2020 @ Luraville
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 10:30 am

Florida Springs Trip 2020

Florida Springs Trip 2020 Week Long Training Opportunities for divers looking to improve their foundational skills through our amazing NAUI Intro to Tech Course as well as to hone their cavern and cave skills  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 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 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!

Divers can enrol in NAUI Cave 1 after graduating NAUI Intro to Tech and Caver.

NAUI Cave 2 requires Technical Decompression certification and 20 logged cave 1 dives above and beyond certification. 

Lodging and food is only $550 US (based on a group of 6) Course package is only $650 for Intro to Tech and Cavern Diver Combination Courses.  Sign up today for the most progressive, high skills training experience of your dive career and challenge yourself today.  Cave 1 $799. Cave 2 $1200.

Non-Cavern Certified Divers may participate in Cave 1 if the NAUI Intro to Tech requirement has been met.  Add $150/per person.

Dates:

Week 1 NAUI Cave 1 February 9-15, 2019

NAUI Cave 2 February 16-22, 2019

NAUI Intro to Tech/Cavern February 23-29, 2019

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

Feb
24
Mon
2020
Emergency First Response Course @ Dan's Dive Shop
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Emergency First Response Course @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

Emergency First Response Course

The Emergency First Response Course focuses on Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) with or without Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Add PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider conducted the same night for only $117.00+HST. PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course is regularly $140.00+HST.

Know how to respond to emergencies – just in case.  Statistics show you’re more likely to give first aid to someone you know than a stranger. When minutes count, you’ll be the person to give the necessary aid to a family member, dive buddy or co-workers, before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrive.

The Emergency First Response (EFR) Primary and Secondary Care course is an accredited CPR and First Aid program that helps divers advance their knowledge, providing the skills they need to potentially save a life.

The course builds the confidence and skills needed to provide basic emergency care. You won’t just watch a video, you’ll get hands on practice with a CPR mannequin, simulate bandaging, role play an emergency scenario and other skills. You’ll get to practice each skill until you feel comfortable.

While the material taught in this course is serious, it’s taught in a positive, upbeat environment.

Here’s what you’ll learn in the Emergency First Response Course:

  •  BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR and rescue breathing at the layperson level
  • AED (automated external defibrillator) use (optional)
  • Preventing and caring for shock
  • Spinal injury management
  • Use of barriers to reduce disease transmission risk
  • Basic first aid: Illness & Injury Assessment, Bandaging, Management of fractures & dislocations, and first aid kit considerations

After you complete the program, you’ll have the skills necessary to help others should it be necessary. By inviting friends or family members to sign up with you, those you care about the most will be better prepared in case of an unexpected emergency.

The  Emergency First Response courses build lay rescuer confidence to provide care when faced with a medical emergency. Students learn and practice the same patient care techniques and principles used by medical professionals, but at a lay person level.

This course is a prerequisite for PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster.

This course is also available privately for individuals and groups. Please contact us for more details. 

Mar
14
Sat
2020
PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm
PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020 @ Dan's Dive Shop | Saint Catharines | Ontario | Canada

PADI Open Water Scuba Course March Weekend 2020

Learn to scuba dive this winter and explore the amazing dive sites in your own backyard with our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course March 2020.  Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification and you will enjoy the greatest sport in the world.  

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 of our PADI Open Water Weekend Scuba Course.  More knowledge and higher skills are just the start.

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 12yrs old. Must be able to swim non-stop 200 meters free-style or 300 meters with mask, fins, snorkel and be able to tread water for 10 minutes.

Agency:

PADI

Class Schedule

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. Students will complete additional classroom and Pool Training sessions on March 14 & 15 and then complete the PADI Open Water Certification Dives in the spring on June 13 & 14th, 2020.

Saturday March 14, 9am-9pm

Sunday March 15, 9am-2pm

Saturday, June 13, 2020, 9am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2020, 9am-4pm

Costs:

PADI Open Water Referral Course $350+HST

PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course $500+HST 

PADI Jr Open Water Scuba Diver Course $600 + HST

Our Course prices are ALL INCLUSIVE, no hidden fees. Course Price Includes: PADI eLearn with Deluxe Multimedia Crewpak (digital dive tables, virtual log book with PADI Scuba Earth and more!) additional classroom, pool training, open water dives (not included in Referral Course), full scuba equipment rental (no snorkelling gear), certification fees and more.

We also have Private Courses available at an additional fee.

What gear will you need?

All DDS students 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, as well as some incentives. Many of our students prefer to purchase the rest of their kit too. Please know you don’t need to purchase a weight belt and weights, at DDS we do not believe in over weighting our students. In your course you will learn how to use little to no weight. Weight belts are an outdated piece of gear that has not been used by us in training since the late 1990’s. 

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.

How can you enroll?

Come visit us at 329 Welland Ave in the heart of St Catharines. Call us at 905 984 2160 or email info@dansdiveshop.ca.

Cancellation Policy If less than 14 days notice is given there is a $100 fee to cancel or reschedule. No shows forfeit all course fees. Redeemed eLearning is non-refundable.
Mar
16
Mon
2020
PADI Seal Team, Kids Scuba Course @ Kiwanis Aquatic Centre
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – Mar 20 @ 11:00 am

Make this March Break awesome and join us for a Kids Seal Team Scuba Camp. Participants will learn about scuba gear and foundational scuba skills with an emphasis on team work, communication and having fun! Each participant will get a PADI Seal Team Crewpack with DVD. There will be bonus Aqua Seal Team Missions conducted as well!

March Break Camp runs 9 am – 11 am from Monday March 16 – Friday March 20th, 2020 at the Kiwanis Pool in St Catharines.

Registration opens for the course for December 4, 2019. If you would like to purchase the PADI SEAL TEAM as a Christmas present please bring in a copy of your registration to Dan’s Dive Shop and you can pick up the PADI Seal Team Crew Pack before the course starts to wrap and put under the Christmas tree for your mini scuba diver.

Pre-requisite

Minimum age 8 years

Swim Kids Level 4 or equivalent

Training Agency

PADI

How to Register

Registration opens December 6, 2019

Participants must register through the City of St. Catharines.

In-person registration is available at the following locations:

  • City Hall – 50 Church St., Second Floor, Citizens First Counter
  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre – 240 St. Paul St. W
  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre – 425 Carlton St

 

Kids Padi Scuba Diving

 

Mar
25
Wed
2020
NAUI NTEC – Progressive Skills & Gear Configuration (Singles or Doubles) @ Dan's Dive Shop
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

NAUI NTEC – Progressive Skills & Gear Configuration (Singles or Doubles)

Join us Wednesday March 25, 2020 for a NAUI NTEC workshop program that outlines the benefits of diving with a more streamlined, simple, safe and comfortable equipment configuration. It is a hands on opportunity for recreational divers to rig their gear using the most modern method of diving equipment configuration.

NTECH is a great warm-up for divers looking to move towards our NAUI Intro to Tech Course

The NAUI NTEC Experience Program helps the diver increase their comfort, awareness and competence in the water through a hands on classroom portion, intensive equipment rigging session that allows the diver the opportunity to rig their equipment under the direct supervision of our NAUI Tec Instructor, followed by a Pool Session. While at the pool, you’ll learn the benefits of proper diving techniques, fin techniques, improved knowledge on trim and buoyancy, while shedding massive amounts of excess weight, bulk and drag versus a traditional equipment setup.

Our NAUI NTEC Course offers the diver the perfect introduction to more progressive diving techniques and knowledge for divers beginning their journey down a path of better diving techniques, buoyancy, trim and equipment streamlining in single or double tanks over an evening workshop.

Diving is something that is always evolving, improving and changing through new technology, training and experiences.  The concepts we implement and the way we think of posture, trim and technique gets taken to a new level of excellence as the average recreational diver has typically not been taught anything about trim, posture, streamlining themselves in water, or simplifying the equipment configuration.

NTEC introduces divers to streamlining gear for example how to clean up your existing equipment configuration, re-routing hoses that are too long or too short, as well as providing the diver with knowledge as to why this gear needs to be reconfigured or streamlined.  

With NTEC, we utilize the use of a longer primary regulator hose, which is given in an out of air emergency to the out of air diver, while retaining the alternate air source quickly and easily because its located on a necklace around your neck.  Through additional streamlining we start removing all the “danglies” off the divers equipment, thus creating a sleeker, more efficient diver profile.

Our Style of Diving

The “Traditional” equipment configuration that is commonly used in diving has become dated and obsolete and needs revision, this is where the NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration has truly become “Today’s Equipment Configuration” for divers of all skill level from Open Water to Technical, Extreme Exposure Trimix, DPV, and Cave Diver.  It really is a multi-purpose, uniformed way to dive.

Who should take this course?

This course is for Divers of ALL Skill Levels beginner to Instructor.

NAUI NTEC (NAUI TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT CONFIGURATION) is A Modern Equipment Configuration and Introductory Course for the diver who wants the benefit of utilizing today’s most modern equipment configuration.

Everyone should take this mini course and it’s a great warm-up for divers looking to move towards our NAUI Intro to Tech Course which is an Essentials of Recreational Diving Skills Rudimentary Elements of Diving Course.

Training Agency:

NAUI TEC

Additional Details:

Cost $100+HST Pool/Class Only

Date March 25, 2020

Time 4pm – 10pm

 

Want Some New Challenges?

transition into technical and cave diving courses
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.