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SDI Open Water Diver

Did you know that the Earth’s surface is covered by more than 70% water? Our oceans and water systems, including lakes and rivers, control our climate and temperature, move weather patterns, and support living organisms yet remains mostly unexplored with 95% of it unseen by the human eye. You may go swimming in the ocean or snorkel over a reef, but now it’s time to take it one step further. See the underwater world as it is meant to be experienced – underwater! Become a part of an eco-system that supports so much of our life and take it to your limits; whether that means interacting with colourful schools of fish over a peaceful sea mount or diving alongside a pod of dolphins that have come to take a closer look. Dive with sharks, dive in caves, or dive some of the world's most historic shipwrecks. Whatever direction you want to take your new life-style, it all begins here. The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course is designed to give you the necessary skills to safely conduct open water dives. This course is the key to start exploring dive destinations around the globe or even in your backyard.


Who this course is for:

  • People wishing to obtain a Scuba Diving certification

  • People interested in underwater exploration


Course prerequisites:

  • Minimum age 18, or 15 with parental consent (unrestricted)

Open water diver course for  10 – 14 years old will be certified as Junior Open Water Scuba Diver  (must dive with parent, guardian or professional diver).


What you can expect to learn:

The SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Course will cover all of the necessary skills and knowledge for open water scuba diving, including:

  • The aquatic environment: vision, light, sound, heat loss, tides, currents, waves, surge, etc.

  • Physics and physiology: buoyancy, pressure, air spaces, breathing compressed air, mixed gases, etc.

  • Dive equipment selection, assembly, use and maintenance

  • Dive planning

  • Basic scuba skills including mask and regulator skills, swimming underwater, buoyancy control, basic rescue techniques, and emergency procedures

  • And much more!


What’s in it for you:

Upon successful completion of the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver course, graduates may:

  • Conduct open water dives in conditions similar to that of their training

  • Continue their dive education by enrolling in SDI Advanced Diver and specialty courses


SDI Open Water Scuba Diver minimum requirements:

  • Demonstrate mature and sound judgment concerning dive planning and execution

  • Satisfactorily complete the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver knowledge quests or equivalent online learning course

  • Complete all open water requirements safely and efficiently


What do I have to do in the course?

  1. Complete the on-line training with the e-learning code provided by Lakehead Technical Diving.

  2. Complete 4 pool dives (2 hours each pool dive). This is where you learn the diving skills that you will need to safely dive for the years to come.

  3. Complete 4 open water dives in Lake Superior, small inland lake, river, or a quarry (max 2 dives per day).

  4. You are then issued an open water diver card and, from then on, you may dive anywhere in the world that your travels take you.

Course fee $395.00 CAD  (includes an e-learning code and certification card!) 


The Open Water course fee includes: on-line course, equipment rental, pool class work, open water dives, and certification card.


NOTE: Open water dives required are free of charge (4 dives are required to complete the course).

Required for the course: Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Boots









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