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The London Skin and Scuba basic dive certification course is split in 2 parts

  1. 3 weeks Snorkel and Discover Scuba course
  2. 7 weeks Full Open Water Dive course (the snorkel/discover scuba portion is a prerequisite)

Students for either course have to register for the Snorkel and Discover Scuba course. Students who want to continue with a full Open Water Dive certification will continue with 7 more weeks of theory and pool as well as open water checkouts.

Click here to register today for our Snorkel and Discover Scuba/Open Water Scuba Dive course

Theory: Every Thursday, 6.45pm until 8.30pm at InfoTech Research Group in downtown London
Pool: Every Thursday, 9pm until 10.30pm at Carling Heights Optimist Center
Fall Dates: September 27, 2018 to November 29, 2018
Winter Dates for Snorkel and Discover Scuba: February 14, 2019 to February 28, 2019
Winter Dates for Full Scuba course: March 7, 2019 to April 25, 2019 (March break no class)
Weighing for Full Scuba Course: May 9, 2019
Openwater Checkouts for Full Scuba Course: May 11, 2019 in Innerkip, and May 18-20, 2019, Tobermory

Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years old, know how to swim and complete medical screening. No dive experience needed. By registering for a course you are committing that you will be attending all classes of the course. For students continuing with full open water certification, you are also committing to the open water checkout dives. Additional charges apply for students that do not make open water dives. Call or email Michael Mahon if you have questions 519-660-9063

Cost: The snorkel and discover scuba course costs $99. If you choose to continue with the full Open Water Dive course, the total cost is $500, but the snorkel and discover scuba portion will be waived. If there are 8 or more students attending the full Open Water Dive course, we reduce the total fee to $475. If there are 10 or more students registered for the full Open Water Dive course, the fee goes down to $450.

General information about our Snorkel and Discover Scuba Course

This course is designed for those that wish to get some training on how to snorkel effectively as well as experience scuba in the safety of a pool with well-trained instructors. The course also provides some theory on scuba diving in general, diving physics, and scuba equipment. The minimum age is 15 years old and there is no maximum age.

The Snorkel and Discover Scuba course takes 3 weeks on Thursday night: 2 weeks on Snorkel and 1 week on Scuba gear. The theory portion goes from 6.45pm to 8.30pm and the pool from 9pm to 10.30pm.

Each student is expected to provide fins, snorkel, mask, weights and a weight belt.

The course is a prerequisite for pursing the full Open Water Scuba course and its fee is deducted from the Full Open Water Scuba course fee.

General information about our Full Open Water Scuba Course

This course is designed for those that wish to obtain the knowledge to safely dive with a buddy up to the maximum depth allowed for recreational divers. The minimum age is 15 years old and there is no maximum age. Moreover, it is expected that prospective students have completed the Snorkel and Discover scuba course. Being certified as an ACUC Open Water Diver also allows you to take more advanced and specialty courses.

LSSC runs two 7 week full scuba courses per year (on top of 3 weeks snorkel and discover scuba) with a maximum of twelve students per course. They are Thursday nights. We have 7 classroom sessions from 6.45pm to 8:30 pm, and 7 pool sessions from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. Both Fall and Winter classes then attend the Open water checkouts (part of the certification process) at Innerkip the Saturday before the long weekend in May, and at Tobermory on the long weekend in May. Attendance is mandatory at open water checkouts. Our certifying agency is ACUC (American and Canadian Underwater Certifications). You need no diving experience to take our course. We are a not for profit organization and our teaching philosophy centres around teaching people to dive safely. One of our goals is to have people continue to dive once they complete the course and are certified.

Our instructional staff consists of several Instructors, Assistant Instructors, and Divemasters, who all teach as volunteers. Because of the number of people involved in instruction, we often work one on one with students. In that way, you can move through the course at your own pace, within reasonable limits. Our training is a little more comprehensive than most other certifying agencies as we include snorkel skills, self rescue and diver rescue skills, and include some training exercises that are designed to give you confidence in open water.

Students for this course are given membership in our club (London Skin and Scuba Club) for the year. The club currently has around 70 members from London and area. It offers dive opportunities throughout the year, and other social events. The course cost includes tank fills for classroom sessions, the use of buoyancy compensator and regulators for the duration of the course, and a one year membership in our club and the Ontario Underwater Council. Each student is expected to provide fins, snorkel, mask, weights and weight belt, and is responsible for tank fills during the Open Water Checkout portion of the course as well as their own accommodation in Tobermory. We encourage students and instructional staff to stay at The Coach House Inn while in Tobermory (but this is not mandatory if you prefer other accommodation). We get a group rate from the Coach House, and our pre-dive meetings are held there. We also hold a pot luck BBQ on the Sunday evening at the Coach House Inn where we give the students their certificates.

Register for Training

To complete the online registration, click here. To register for the course, we require you to pay for the Snorkel and Discover Scuba portion of the course, which is $99.00. Instructions are provided on the registration page