Start the Adventure (Open Water Diver)


Click here to register today for our Open Water Dive course

Theory: Every Thursday, 6.45pm until 8.30pm at St Michael’s Catholic elementary school (Possible alternative location may be required – we will inform registered students if this is the case)
Pool: Every Thursday, 9pm until 10.30pm at Carling Heights Optimist Center
Fall Dates: September 27, 2018 to November 29, 2018
Winter Dates: February 14, 2019 to April 25, 2019 (March break no class)
Weighing: May 9, 2019
Openwater Checkouts: 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. Minimum deposit required to register for course is $100.00. No dive experience needed. By registering for the course you are committing that you will be attending all classes and open water 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

General information about our Open Water Dive 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. Being certified as an ACUC Open Water Diver also allows you to take more advanced and specialty courses.

LSSC runs two ten week courses per year with a maximum of twelve students per course. They are Thursday nights. We have 10 classroom sessions from 6.45pm to 8:30 pm, and 10 pool sessions from 9 pm to 10:30 pm. Both 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 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. Minimum deposit required to register for the course is $100.00. Instructions are provider on the registration page