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LEARNING TO DIVE IN OUR LAKES

When you take a course through us, our goal is to provide you with the training you need to perform at or above the level required for the course you have registered for. As you take more advanced courses, this requires honesty on your part as well about your past experience, how long it has been since you've been in the water, and the conditions you have been diving in. Here are some commonly asked questions about courses, local diving, and how to take the plunge.

Training and Courses FAQ

I paid for my course, does this mean I am guaranteed a certification?


This is a great question, and there can be misconceptions surrounding it. When you book a course, you are registering and paying for training to get you to that level. Each course will have a number of classroom sessions, pool sessions, and/or dives to be completed to cover the course materials. Some students will require additional sessions, and there isn't a darn thing wrong with that. Our instructional team will work with you to make sure you get the training you need to reach the level you're working towards. Depending on your skills as a diver, this may require additional dives above and beyond the minimums specified. At the end of your training, if you have met the requirements set forth for certification, then you will be issued a certification indicating that (bust out the party supplies!). If, however, you have not yet met the requirements for certification, your Instructor will recommend additional sessions to complete your certification. This is not a bad thing! Some divers just need a bit of extra practice to solidify more complex skills. Upon completion of all course requirements, you will then be issued your certification card. The training is the journey, the card is just proof that you've reached that level. It's important to focus on the training, and not get too fixated on the card. The training is where the magic happens!




I am terribly nervous about certain parts of my course. What do I do?


It's ok, very few of us actually like the mask removal skill (that's the most popular one). This is really common! The best thing to do is to reach out to your Instructor! Ahead of your course, your Instructor will get in touch and introduce themselves, and provide some logistical details for the course. You are so welcome (and encouraged) to reach out to them, and give them a heads up of any concerns you may have. Whether it's worries over taking your mask off, being afraid of water, being terrified of lake vegetation - we've probably encountered it before. By letting your Instructor know ahead of time, they can make adjustments to help manage those concerns, and hopefully make the course experience much more positive for you. Also, when lake vegetation touches our leg, we shudder. Ew. Gross. One of many reasons we like drysuits.




I'm taking my Advanced Open Water Course. I haven't been in the water in years. I don't remember anything. Help!


This is one we get a lot. The Advanced Open Water course is an amazing way to get back into diving, and a phenomenal way to transition from warm water diving to cold water diving. When embarking on your Advanced Open Water course, the pre-requisite is that you are Advanced Open Water certified, meaning you are able to perform at that level. Here is what you should be able to comfortably do: -Build your gear and check it from top to bottom -Perform a pre-dive safety check -Have reasonably proficient buoyancy and trim -Comfortably perform basic Open Water skills such as regulator recovery, mask skills (removing/replacing and clearing your mask), common fin kicks, hand signals, air checks, responding to out of air emergencies, and general safe diving practices -Be able to plan a dive with assistance -Maintain good buddy contact -Don and doff your gear with minimal assistance, unless a physical limitation requires it If it has been a year since you've been in the water, we will recommend you take a Refresher or reActivate session to review those Open Water skills. If it has been a few years, and you haven't been diving since your Open Water (or your last dive was with a J-Valve and you've never seen an alternate air source) - we will recommend you re-take the Open Water course. Training standards change over time, as do safety recommendations. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you're not sure what approach is best for you! We want you to be safe and comfortable in the water, and enjoy yourself too - diving is supposed to be fun! By making sure the base skills are solid, we can successfully build on that solid foundation, and continue to grow your skills as a diver from there.




I am taking my Open Water Course, but feel I can't keep up in the pool. What should I do?


The Open Water Course is SO exciting - it's your first step to learning to become a diver! It also means it can be a lot of information all at once. As everyone has a different learning style, sometimes the pace of learning this volume of material can be overwhelming. Not to fret - let your Instructor know. They may bring in an additional Instructor to work with you, or may have you come back and work with you one-on-one to change the pace of learning. Our ultimate goal is to deliver the training in a way that you will understand it and be able to apply it, and sometimes that just means changing up the approach or environment a little bit. No big deal!




I have physical limitations that may impact my ability to dive. Are there ways to accommodate those?


Absolutely! First thing's first - depending on your limitation, you may require a doctor to clear you to dive. We encourage you to have the conversation with them to ensure that diving is safe for you. Our approach to diving has always been inclusive: anyone who meets a course's prerequisites is encouraged to enroll. Our Instructors work with a variety of adaptive techniques to enable divers of all abilities to have the support they need to safely complete a dive. Feel free to reach out to us ahead of time if you're not sure, and we can walk you through what some of those adaptations might look like!





Local Diving FAQ

I paid for my course, does this mean I am guaranteed a certification?


This is a great question, and there can be misconceptions surrounding it. When you book a course, you are registering and paying for training to get you to that level. Each course will have a number of classroom sessions, pool sessions, and/or dives to be completed to cover the course materials. Some students will require additional sessions, and there isn't a darn thing wrong with that. Our instructional team will work with you to make sure you get the training you need to reach the level you're working towards. Depending on your skills as a diver, this may require additional dives above and beyond the minimums specified. At the end of your training, if you have met the requirements set forth for certification, then you will be issued a certification indicating that (bust out the party supplies!). If, however, you have not yet met the requirements for certification, your Instructor will recommend additional sessions to complete your certification. This is not a bad thing! Some divers just need a bit of extra practice to solidify more complex skills. Upon completion of all course requirements, you will then be issued your certification card. The training is the journey, the card is just proof that you've reached that level. It's important to focus on the training, and not get too fixated on the card. The training is where the magic happens!




I am terribly nervous about certain parts of my course. What do I do?


It's ok, very few of us actually like the mask removal skill (that's the most popular one). This is really common! The best thing to do is to reach out to your Instructor! Ahead of your course, your Instructor will get in touch and introduce themselves, and provide some logistical details for the course. You are so welcome (and encouraged) to reach out to them, and give them a heads up of any concerns you may have. Whether it's worries over taking your mask off, being afraid of water, being terrified of lake vegetation - we've probably encountered it before. By letting your Instructor know ahead of time, they can make adjustments to help manage those concerns, and hopefully make the course experience much more positive for you. Also, when lake vegetation touches our leg, we shudder. Ew. Gross. One of many reasons we like drysuits.




I'm taking my Advanced Open Water Course. I haven't been in the water in years. I don't remember anything. Help!


This is one we get a lot. The Advanced Open Water course is an amazing way to get back into diving, and a phenomenal way to transition from warm water diving to cold water diving. When embarking on your Advanced Open Water course, the pre-requisite is that you are Advanced Open Water certified, meaning you are able to perform at that level. Here is what you should be able to comfortably do: -Build your gear and check it from top to bottom -Perform a pre-dive safety check -Have reasonably proficient buoyancy and trim -Comfortably perform basic Open Water skills such as regulator recovery, mask skills (removing/replacing and clearing your mask), common fin kicks, hand signals, air checks, responding to out of air emergencies, and general safe diving practices -Be able to plan a dive with assistance -Maintain good buddy contact -Don and doff your gear with minimal assistance, unless a physical limitation requires it If it has been a year since you've been in the water, we will recommend you take a Refresher or reActivate session to review those Open Water skills. If it has been a few years, and you haven't been diving since your Open Water (or your last dive was with a J-Valve and you've never seen an alternate air source) - we will recommend you re-take the Open Water course. Training standards change over time, as do safety recommendations. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you're not sure what approach is best for you! We want you to be safe and comfortable in the water, and enjoy yourself too - diving is supposed to be fun! By making sure the base skills are solid, we can successfully build on that solid foundation, and continue to grow your skills as a diver from there.




I am taking my Open Water Course, but feel I can't keep up in the pool. What should I do?


The Open Water Course is SO exciting - it's your first step to learning to become a diver! It also means it can be a lot of information all at once. As everyone has a different learning style, sometimes the pace of learning this volume of material can be overwhelming. Not to fret - let your Instructor know. They may bring in an additional Instructor to work with you, or may have you come back and work with you one-on-one to change the pace of learning. Our ultimate goal is to deliver the training in a way that you will understand it and be able to apply it, and sometimes that just means changing up the approach or environment a little bit. No big deal!




I have physical limitations that may impact my ability to dive. Are there ways to accommodate those?


Absolutely! First thing's first - depending on your limitation, you may require a doctor to clear you to dive. We encourage you to have the conversation with them to ensure that diving is safe for you. Our approach to diving has always been inclusive: anyone who meets a course's prerequisites is encouraged to enroll. Our Instructors work with a variety of adaptive techniques to enable divers of all abilities to have the support they need to safely complete a dive. Feel free to reach out to us ahead of time if you're not sure, and we can walk you through what some of those adaptations might look like!